Level III Workshop Oct. 22-23
Aug. & Sept. Level I & II Workshops were a Great Success (completely filled)
Next Series of Workshops Begin in the Spring
New Essential Oils & Kits from Artisan Aromatics
This Month's Topic: The ART of Blending Essential Oils
In this newsletter:
- Aromatherapy Workshop Schedule: Levels I, II & III in Asheville - Level III still open
- The ART of Blending: A Personal Look at How to Blend Essential Oils
- 10 New Essential Oils: Artisan Aromatics offers Level I, II & III Kits plus Discounts to Practitioners & Students
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Two-Day Weekend Aromatherapy Workshops in Asheville
Level I: Foundations of Aromatherapy (for Healing Arts Practitioners)
Level II: Creating Essential Oil Blends (for use in Clinical Settings)
- Next Level I: Spring 2012 (Our thanks to all of this year's Level I grads)
Level III: Clinical Practice in Healthcare Settings
- Next Level II: Spring 2012 (Our thanks to all of this year's Level II grads)
- Asheville NC (@ Dr. Power's Farm): October 22-23
Cost for this year's two-day workshop is $245.00 Early / $295.00 Late (less than 25 days prior) - Reserve your seat for only $145.00.
All of the above workshops will be at Wyldhaven, Dr. Power's Farm near Asheville - Quite a beautiful spot about 30 min SE of Asheville / 20-25 min. S. of Black Mountain / 15 min. N. of Bat Cave / 40-45 min. NE of Hendersonville
Note: For 2012 plans are to offer two week long intensives with Levels I, & II (and possibly III) in a row.
More workshop info: Workshop Info | Info about Dr. Power: About Dr. Joie Power | Registration Info: Registration
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The ART of Blending Essential Oils
Blending is the art of combining essential oils to make therapeutically effective mixtures to use in inhalations, massage oil, compresses, baths, and diffusions.
Although a thorough knowledge of the actions and uses of individual oils as well as a knowledge of essential oil chemistry are necessary prerequisites for successful blending, blending is nonetheless an art more than a science and like any art you have to practice, practice, practice - you have to learn through trial and error and to be really good, you have to tap into some innate, intuitive expressive aspect of self.
The knowledge part of this is the part that's easiest to master and someone can teach it to you - no one can really teach you the intuitive part - you have to find it.
One of the things that helps with this is to begin interacting with your oils on a daily basis. Start by interacting with single oils - just one a day. Read about it - especially its mythology (which in a way gives you a plants life story), learn where it comes from, what environment in grows in, what it looks like.
Pay attention to what you've learned about an essential oil's energy - is it warm or cool, hot or dry - and then begin to tune in to its energy for yourself.
Some people don't really understand what the "energy" of a plant is and how people think they can know what it is even if there is such as thing.
With some plants it's fairly obvious - the energy of ginger is hot and that's the first thing you'll experience if you bite into it but why is it dry? Why is the energy of Geranium cool and moist? I would have thought it would be warm and dry because the plant grows in the sun and the leaves feel more dry than moist to me.
Sometimes, you can guess the energy of a plant by its looks and where it grows but the most reliable way to understand the energy of a plant and its medicine is to use it and pay very close attention to what it does in your body.
When you do this you're not necessarily looking for big dramatic effects, you're often looking for subtle ones.
I had a reminder of how plant energy works recently when I got a cold. I had a sore throat and a congested chest and nose and post-nasal drip - so I took a bath with eucalyptus, lemon and tea tree because I knew they would kill viruses, drive out the symptoms of cold, open my chest, and dry up some of the post-nasal drip. The first time I used it was great - I felt a lot of better.
Then a few hours later I used it again and within a few minutes of getting out of my bath I started feeling dry - my skin felt dry, my nasal passages felt dry, my throat felt dry - and now this didn't feel so good. I put lotion on my skin which helped and I put on a humidifier to help with my nose - which ached and throbbed from being too dry. My throat was dry and scratchy all night.
My point is, the energy of all 3 of these things is dry - especially eucalyptus, which was once planted for its ability to drain swamps - and what happened was that my body had an experience of this dry energy - the drying energy of these 3 medicines.
If you want to understand why the energy of eucalyptus is described as dry and what this means - try it.
Try all the oils you want to work with - the best way is to center yourself with meditation, apply the properly diluted oil, sit with it a while and then be prepared to pay attention over the next several hours to what's going on with you. Don't dismiss anything as irrelevant - don't say well it wasn't the rosemary that made me feel irritable - it must have been something else.
Maybe it was but maybe it wasn't - try that rosemary again in a few days and see what happens.
To get good at bending you have to develop a personal relationship with your oils.
Hopefully this brief article will prove to be helpful to you and I would be pleased to review and comment on any blends that you might created so feel free to contact me - Joie.
To learn more about blending, I invite you to take my series of Aromatherapy Workshops. You'll learn a great deal about blending essential oils and so much more.
*This information is provided for educational interest only and is not intended for the diagnosis, management, treatment, or cure of any mental or physical illness.
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Artisan Aromatics: A Great Source for Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils
Artisan Aromatics Artisan Aromatics has 48 essential oils uploaded and will be adding more to their online shop each month. In addition to the 48 Essential Oils that are available online, about 50 more are in stock and available via PDF catalog and will eventually make it into the online shop.
Artisan Aromatics offers a great selection of professional quality essential oils and absolutes including Gardenia, Rose, Tuberose, Lavender, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, etc. and offers substantial discounts to Healing Arts Practitioners as well as Students of The Aromatherapy School. To receive the Practitioner Discount, enter Practitioner1011 in the Coupon Code box when you check out. Current and former students of The Aromatherapy School receive an even larger discount of 20%: enter Student2011 in the Coupon Code Box when you check out.
Repeat buyers save even more! Earn 10% with each purchase: each time you make an online purchase, you earn 10% that you can use for your next online purchase (this is in addition to other discounts).
Artisan Aromatics has also created three Aromatherapy Kits for The Aromatherapy School (buying the kit saves 5%). Each kit (for Level I, Level II, & Level III) contains all the oils covered in each level. Students are not required to purchase the kits but, if you are in need of a number of essential oils, Artisan Aromatics has made these professional quality essential oil kits available at a discount. The Kits are available to all, not just students and practitioners. When you buy a kit, you get a 5% discount over individual essential oil prices plus Healing Arts Practitioners and Aromatherapy School Students get further discounts of 10% off for Healing Arts Practitioners / 20% off for all current and former students of The Aromatherapy School.
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Joie Power, Ph.D., Dir.
The Aromatherapy School