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Spring 2012, V.4, No.1

The Aromatherapy School

Spring Newsletter

2012 Workshop Schedule

Insomnia: Essential Oils to Help You Sleep

New Happenings.....

In this newsletter:

  • 2012 Aromatherapy Workshop Schedule: Level I June & Aug.; Level II June & Aug.; Level III Sept.
  • Essential Oils for Insomnia: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
  • Aromatherapy Certification: Earn your Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Upcoming Events: Correspondence Course; Chinese Medicine Workshop; Clinical Use of Essential Oils
  • Essential Oils: Discounts for Students & Practitioners from Artisan Aromatics

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5 Days in Asheville: Two 2-Day Aromatherapy Workshops

The Aromatherapy School at Wyldhaven Farm

For 2012, Dr. Joie Power is going to present her Level I & II Aromatherapy Workshops twice as five day sequential events.

The Level I Aromatherapy Workshop will be presented over two days, and then the Level II Workshop will be presented over two subsequent days with a one day break in between the two workshops.

Students may elect to take both workshops or just one. Level I is available to all Healing Arts Practitioners (or with special permission). Level II is open only to graduates of Level I. You can even take Level I in June and Level II in August.

    Level I: Foundations of Aromatherapy for Healing Arts Practitioners - Next Level I June 2 & 3 & then again August 18 & 19.
    Level II: Creating Essential Oil Blends for use in Clinical Settings - Next Level II June 5 & 6 & then again August 21 & 22.
    Level III: Clinical Practice in Healthcare Settings - Next Level III: September 22 & 23.

Cost for the 2012 two-day workshops is $295.00 Early / $345.00 Late (less than 30 days prior) - Reserve your seat for $150.00 (one class).
Register for the Level I and Level II sequence and Save $15.00 $575.00 Early / $675.00 Late - Reserve your seat for $250.00 (two classes).
Note: Two or our workshops maxed out in 2011 so be sure to Reserve your Seat.

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

More workshop info: Workshop Info  |  Info about Dr. Power: About Dr. Joie Power  |  Registration Info: Registration


Proper Sleep is Very Important for Both Mind and Body

Insomnia is a common problem among a wide range of patients, including elderly and hospitalized patients. Essential oil of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been shown in many studies to be effective in resolving insomnia. A review of a sampling of these studies indicates that in addition to promoting improved sleep, the use of lavender essential oil has also been shown to result in greater daytime alertness, calmness and less confusion and aggressiveness as well as decreased need for nighttime sedation. It is important to use the right kind of lavender for insomnia (Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula vera, or Lavandula officinalis) as some species of lavender are stimulating and can aggravate insomnia (Lavandula latifolia and Lavandula stoechas). It is also important to limit the number of drops of lavender applied alone or as part of a blend to 4 drops per application as even the relaxing lavender oils become stimulating in higher doses.

Other essential oils that have been shown in clinical studies to effectively promote sleep include spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), European basil (Ocimum basilicum), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), marjoram (Origanum majorana) and valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Of all the essential oils mentioned for promoting sleep, lavender has the greatest body of supportive evidence.

Essential oils can be used to promote sleep by diffusing 3 to 5 drops of a single oil or a blend of oils through a fan diffuser for one to two hours beginning 30 minutes prior to bedtime. If the patient wakes during the night, the procedure can be repeated. Alternatively, you may place 3 to 5 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball set on a dish or in a salt shaker near the bedside; or, you may use three to 5 drops essential oil diluted in 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil for a hand and/or foot massage at bedtime and repeated at 4 hour intervals if needed. When assisting elderly or debilitated patients, use the lower doses.

A suggested formula for improving sleep and decreasing nighttime agitation:

  • Lavender essential oil - 70%
  • Roman chamomile essential oil - 15%
  • Marjoram essential oil - 5%
  • Bergamot essential oil - 10%

This blend is effective for many patients in acute and long-term settings and is available as Good Sleep from Artisan Aromatics. Other Blends and Essential Oils are also available from Artisan Aromatics. These sleep blends (and other blends too) may be purchased as pure essential oils to diffuse into the air or to mix with your own vegetable oils for topical application or as pre-mixed essential oils in the proper dilution of vegetable oil for topical application (pre-mixed oils for topical application are available in quantities of 2 ounces or greater).

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Coming Soon....

Dr. Joie Power is working on several project for the new year:

  • An Aromatherapy Correspondence Course
  • A Workshop on Chinese Medicine
  • Online Essential Oil Data Sheets (for Aromatherapy Students & Grads only) - some are already available
  • More data on the Efficacy of Essential Oils and their use in Clinical Settings
  • CEs for RNs

We'll be sure to let you know when these projects completed.

Artisan Aromatics: A Great Source for Professional Quality Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Artisan Aromatics ( has over 100 essential oils in their online shop including over 35 organic or wildcrafted essential oils. In addition to the 100+ Essential Oils that are available online, Artisan Aromatics has many new Aromatherapy Blends as well as quite a few "ready-to-use" massage blends.

New for this Month: a choice of 4 Lavenders (High Alpine, Organic Provence, Eastern European & 40/42).

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 Practitioner10 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 Student20 in the Coupon Code Box when you check out.

Repeat buyers save even more! Earn 5% with each purchase: each time you make an online purchase, you earn 5% that you can use for your next online purchase (this is in addition to other discounts). You can also earn points by referring your friends - just log into your Online Artisan Aromatics account and click on "Refer-A-Friend".

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. 10% off for Healing Arts Practitioners / 20% off for current and former students of The Aromatherapy School.

Artisan Aromatics

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

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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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