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February 2010, V.2, No. 2

Hello Friends,

In this newsletter:

  • Aromatherapy Class Schedule for 2010
  • Article: Aromatherapy and Emotions
  • Our search for small grower/distillers
  • Aromatherapy Formulas: Cold & Congestion Relief

Aromatherapy Workshops for Professionals

Level 1: April 24-25, June 5-6, July 24-25 (tentative)*, Oct. 23-24 (tentative)*
Level 2: Sept. 11-12, Nov. 20-21 (tentative)*
Level 3: 2011
Level 4: 2012
*Note that tentative class dates are currently "penciled in". Firm dates will be set by mid 2010.

Joie Power, Ph.D., director of The Aromatherapy School presents Aromatherapy Workshops for Professionals (Aromatherapists, Herbalists, Massage Therapists, Nurses, Doctors, Etc.) in N. GA / W. NC mountains (about 2.5 hrs from Asheville and 2 hrs from Atlanta). 13 hrs. CEUs approved for AHG (American Herbalist's Guild) and 13 hrs. CEUs available to RAs (Registered Aromatherapists). Also Aromatherapy Certificate for each Level (I thru IV) presented by The Aromatherapy School. Massage Therapy CEUs applied for. To register, click on link below.


Aromatherapy and Emotions


Aromas effect mood and evoke memories.
For example, Frankincense and Cypress have been
said to aid in dispelling grief, while Ylang Ylang
and Juniper are claimed to aid in coping with guilt....

Aromas can effect mood and evoke memories. If the smell of baking cookies, a smoky campfire, or a lover's favorite perfume have ever transported you back in time, calling up long-forgotten events and feelings, then you have experienced the powerful association between aromas, emotions, and memories. Long before modern scientists began the study of the physiological processes that underlie this association, human beings were exploring and utilizing the power of fragrant substances in their daily lives. Many ancient cultures, including those of India, China, and Persia have left records that document their use of fragrance for its effect on mental states and feelings. The Egyptians, in particular, made extensive use of incense and fragrant oils in their religious rituals. Kyphi, an incense containing at least 16 herbs and other fragrant plants such as Juniper, Cinnamon, and Myrrh, was used by Egyptian priests to facilitate the attainment of ecstatic states during religious rites. Virtually every culture has reported aphrodisiacal properties for various fragrances. In the harems, Sandalwood and Rose were prized for enhancing sexual desire and the essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Ginger, and Clary Sage have all been used for this purpose. Many ancient peoples, such as the Romans, became very skilled at utilizing certain fragrant plants for evoking specific mental states and aromatherapy lore reports highly selective effects for specific essential oils. For example, Frankincense and Cypress have been said to aid in dispelling grief, while Ylang Ylang and Juniper are claimed to aid in coping with guilt.

Today, we continue to be aware of the impact of aromas on moods and other aspects of our states of mind, such as alertness, sexual drive, and aggressiveness. Retailers have even attempted to "cash in" on our innate responsiveness to scents by impregnating the air in their stores with fragrances which they believe will stimulate shoppers to make purchases. Their efforts often go awry, however, because those attempting to utilize aromas in this way frequently fail to distinguish between the beneficial effects of natural plant aromas and the deleterious effects of synthetic fragrances, which cause headaches and other unpleasant symptoms in many people.

Modern research supports our intuitive recognition of the impact of aromas on mood and other mental states. Different essential oils.......... (This article is continued on The Aromatherapy School website.) Click on link below to continue reading article.

Aromatherapy and Emotions article (cont.)

Aromatherapy School Update - Search for Distillers

ImageHere at The Aromatherapy School, we have a new project. We're searching for small growers / essential oil distillers for the purpose of supplying a few Artisan Aromatics to our students and customers and also as our way of supporting small home/farm based businesses.

We're trying to break away from the old standard model of offering many essential oils obtained from a few major suppliers. Instead, we've decided to sell a few essential oils from a few independents who are the actual growers, harvesters and distillers.

To this end, we're searching for grower/distillers who would be willing to provide us with not only the essential oils but with detailed descriptions and photos of the process from planting to harvest to distillation so that we can give our students and other customers a very personal insight into the life and extraction process of the oils.

So far we have identified a few grower/distillers who are quite excited about working with us in this new way and we are now already in the process of getting samples, GC & MSDS data as well as photos and the "story" of each oil. Once we've identified a few oils that meet our criteria, we plan to introduce one or two per month. At present, we are working with about 6 distillers but hope to identify more.

You can help. If this concept appeals to you and you know of any grower/distillers whom you think might have an interest in this project, please contact us or refer this info on to the distiller.

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Aromatherapy Formulas: Cold & Congestion Relief

Chest and Sinus Congestion:
2 drops lavender
2 drops tea tree
2 drops eucalyptus
Boil a pot of water and remove from the stove. While still steaming, add 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender and 2 drops tea tree. Cover bowl and head with towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

2 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
2 drops eucalyptus
Add 2 drops lavender, 2 drops rosemary and 2 drops eucalyptus to 2 teaspoons milk or cream. Pour into a warm bath, stir water and soak.
Mix 2 drops lavender, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops tea tree oil. Place in a diffuser and diffuse into your room.

To Ease Sinuses:
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Tea Tree
Boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove. While it is still steaming, add 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops tea tree. Immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

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Finally, if this newsletter is just not "your cup of tea", we'd appreciate it if you would forward this email on to friends and family who might be interested. Please let them know that they can subscribe to our mailing list and receive future updates and newsletters by visiting our website:

Thank for your time and we will strive to bring you even more informative newsletters in the future. Your feedback is important to us so please let us know if you feel that changes should be made in content or format and if there are any topics that you'd like us to cover in 2010.


Joie Power, Ph.D., Dir.
The Aromatherapy School

FYI - You received this newsletter because either you subscribed to it, or attended one of Dr. Power's classes, or had expressed interest in receiving notification of upcoming aromatherapy workshops or, were on the subscriber list of our "old" Essential News Newsletter or contacted/purchased products from Dreaming Earth Botanicals (Dr. Power's former company).

Joie Power, Ph.D.
The Aromatherapy School
118 N. Main St, #642
Hiawassee, Georgia 28730

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Dr. Power is a retired board certified neuropsychologist and former Assistant Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia, where she performed intra-operative cortical mapping with renowned neurosurgeon Herman Flanigan, M.D. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings and during her years of practice has also been both a practitioner and student of alternative healing methods, including herbal medicine, aromatherapy, Reiki, Chinese Medicine, and other energetic healing systems. Her extensive formal training and experience in the olfactory and limbic systems of the brain give her a unique qualification for understanding the actions of essential oils in the body. Dr. Power, founder of one of the earliest essential oil companies in the U.S. to specialize in therapeutic quality essential oils, is now a clinical consultant for Artisan Aromatics as well as an internationally known writer and teacher in the fields of aromatherapy and alternative medicine. Her approach to aromatherapy weaves together her solid scientific training and strong clinical skills with a holistic philosophy that honors body, mind and spirit. Dr. Joie Power is also the author of The Quick Study Guide to Aromatherapy and numerous published articles on aromatherapy and related topics.

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