I am now a Certified Professional Aromatherapist!

That still brings kilig to my heart. I didn’t imagine that a title can bring so much joy and happiness to one person but calling myself an aromatherapist gives me more sense of fulfillment in my professional life.

My journey as an aromatherapist is just starting. I am absorbing as much information as I can, studying and researching from various schools of thought and application to integrate them to my own set of practice.

Certified aromatherapist philippines

Certified aromatherapist philippines

Certified aromatherapist philippines

I believe that using essential oils as a complementary modality is here to stay and the future holds so much exciting things for all of us who just loooove our essential oils.

If you want to know more about essential oils, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/lanalane πŸ™‚

See you, there!

Yours in this aromatic journey,

Balot

Collaborate

Big word.

As a marketing professional of close to 15 years, my training has always been to COMPETE. Everyone needs to have a share of the pie. You have to fight your way to get a chunk of it.

The idea of collaboration is not foreign to me. It happens all the time in the corporate world but it is almost always never with a brand that offers the same services as you do.

I first encountered about this seemingly weird idea, listening to Jeff Brown who runs the Read to Lead podcast in Spotify. His podcast features authors and a short interview on their books.

Jeff also invited other podcasters to his show and while traditional marketing would find that ridiculous, his theory is actually something that I now believe in.

When like-minded people come together to promote a common cause, collaborate and make waves, they do not only get a chunk of the pie, they make pizzas, and cakes and a dessert buffet!

What does this mean?

He only meant that we do not need to compete for that “pie” in our midst. Especially when the market is young and small, everyone will benefit in collaborating and spreading the word about it so that everyone gets their own pie.

This makes a lot of sense.

Even with competing brands, you will always have different consumers. Some clients will like you, others don’t. Followers of an Apple will seldom be followers of Samsung, and if there will be switchers, they are outliers. People choose the brands they choose because they feel a sense of belongingness and this is something that cannot be copied: the personality and the voice of the brand that can only cater to a specific target market.

When I started with the aromatherapy world, I had a chance to meet Russell Lorenzo, the owner of Casa de Lorenzo. I set up an interview with him to understand the essential oil business in the Philippines for my case study. He was most gracious to accommodate me and he answered all my questions. He even invited me to collaborate for a workshop and that surprised me!

On another instance, I approached the founder of Essential Oils Phils. , Gil Thomas, asking permission if I could post a survey in her group so that I can finish my case study. She gladly accommodated me without hesitation. Gil’s advocacy is something that I share so strongly and I am so happy to be part of her tribe.

Another person I look up to who is the it girl of aromatherapy, Jirbie of Couch Wasabi, has also been so amazingly wonderful and generous in sharing her knowledge and experience. She radiates with light and soo much positivity.

As we celebrate today’s Araw ng Kagitingan, I would like to give kudos to the people I mentioned above.

Valor. Bravery. Courage.

It takes a strong heart to leave the comfort and security of a corporate job to venture into the world of the unknown, promoting a natural lifestyle through soaps and eventually, becoming the most credible resource person for the topic.

It takes courage to go against the norm and talk about safety when everyone else is promoting how to use the oils the fastest way via neat application and casual ingestion.

It takes guts to build a business with social responsibility at its core and putting passion before profits.

These new people I found in the aromatherapy world are full of light and love. They are generous with their time, their knowledge, and their experience and I am lucky to have come across them.

When I look back on this path I have taken, my heart swells with pride and there is not an inkling of regret. I see a very bright, oily future ahead. ❀

Prolonging your Essential Oils

🚫 Light
🚫 Heat
🚫 Oxygen

These are the three things your oils hate.

So keep them in a cool, dark place. If you can, put them inside your ref but make sure to put the bottles in sealed containers like the microwaveable ones, so that their aroma, if ever it leaks, would not mix with other contents of your ref.

Oxygen – always keep your bottle closed. If you have big bottles that are halfway full, best to transfer them to small ones so that there is little space inside the bottle for oxygen molecules to occupy.

Happy oiling!

Tension Headache Blend

There are times when you feel that your head is going to burst because of the tension that you may be feeling from your scalp down to your nape. When this happens, whip up the following blend in an inhaler or a roller bottle blends/massage oil.

For inhalers, you can breathe in deeply as needed. For roller bottle blends/massage oils, massage on temples, scalp, and nape.

Frankincense and Lavender are good analgesics while Rosemary ct 1,8 cineole and Ravintsara are good for opening up passages and clearing your head.

Enjoy!

Are Essentials Oils Chemical-Free?

Linalool. Linalyl acetate. D-limonene. These are the chemical compounds found in most oils like Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon, etcetera.


In its strictest sense, saying that we are chemical-free when using oils is inaccurate because oils are actually made up of chemical compounds belonging to different chemical families: monoterpenes, sesquiterpines, phenols, aldehydes, ketones. These chemical families have different characteristics and safety considerations.

I made this inaccurate statement all the time, too but what I really meant was synthetics πŸ™‚

Right?

Eugenol, for example found in Clove, is a phenol. It is highly skin irritating and according to IFRA, maximum dermal application is 0.5% which means 1d in a 10ml carrier.


When using oils such as clove and nutmeg, tuck them in other skin nourishing oils such as lavender, tea tree, frankincense.
Of course, the probability of skin sensitization is just a probability. Some would argue that they use these oils neat all the time.

It really depends on where you are coming from and your risk appetite.

My risk appetite is low (my husband’s heart was eaten by a bacteria and that is below 1% probability that it could happen but it did) so I always err at the side of caution. πŸ’œπŸ’šI only teach what I feel and know is safe and it’s up to you to apply it to your blending practice πŸ™‚

Fragrances vs. Essential Oils and Choosing Essential Oil Suppliers

Aromatherapy has evolved so much over the past decades. Before, herbalists and aromatherapists are considered as quacks. Not until research on individual chemical components of oils has emerged that we have proven that oils work not just on an anecdotal level.

If you are just looking for a good scent, then fragrances may work for you. I was addicted to this earlier in my life, hoarding MM fragrances. A lot of these oils are wonderfully scented and made me feel good because it made my house smell good. Again, there is nothing wrong with this if this is your goal.

However, if you are looking to benefit from the therapeutic properties of oils, such as anti-inflammatory properties or sedating properties (as seen in the research below), what you need is 100% pure essential oil.

Lavender as a relaxant:Β https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22612017/
Lavender suggested to have anti-edematogenic activity and possesses an anti-inflammatory activity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5878871/

SO HOW DO YOU KNOW?

There is no 100% guarantee, truth be told. I read in an article that 90% of what is marketed as essential oils are NOT pure essential oils. There are no regulatory bodies worldwide so it is easy to get away with labeling your product 100% essential oils.

SO AGAIN, HOW DO YOU KNOW?

At its best, these are the things I look for when choosing an essential oil supplier.

Caveat: this is my own personal choice as brought up by my aromatherapy certification. If you trust your current oil brand, then I am happy for you and we can just discuss other things in the aromatherapy world. If you are unsure, then maybe these could help:

1. They can provide a GCMS report. Not everyone can read a GCMS report and certainly, there is only a handful of companies that supply this. A GCMS report, to lift from my ACP course, is defined as:

Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components (like linalool) and producing a linear graph that charts these components. Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each of these components and their percentages. It’s like identifying what’s in a jar of applesauce. The report would tell us that there are four components in the applesauce: apples, sugar, cinnamon, and water. Essential oils can have from 10–200 components, or more, and the only way to know exactly what they are is through GC/MS analysis.

Again, not everyone can read these reports. Trained aromatherapists can and this helps us a lot in creating effective blends. So what’s the use then? Personally, the effort in putting it out there for those who can read them shows the company’s commitment to transparency. This is not the end-all, be-all of purity but it certainly helps that they test every batch of oils they sell.

2. Label-wise, their oils show the Latin name (there are many types of lavender with different Latin names and different properties!), and possibly even chemotypes! Most legit EO suppliers I use have the countries of origin and plant parts where the oil came from published on their websites.

3. They are not inexpensive. Because oils are so concentrated, it takes an amazing lot of plant material to produce a single drop. This process is not cheap.

4. They teach safe use of essential oils and continuously educate. This is very important to me as this is a personal advocacy. Personally, I could not be with a company that is not aligned with my beliefs and values.

5. They have good reviews from professionals and regular consumers. As I mentioned before, I highly recommend Real Aromatherapy Reviews on Facebook to see what others think about different oil brands. These reviews are coming from different people from different countries.

I hope this helped you somehow understand EOs a little bit more. Have a good night everyone!

Top Essential Oils and their Therapeutic Benefits

I want to share this little graph I made for some of the common oils that you may have in your arsenal. It shows the therapeutic properties of the components that are in the oils.

You may know that companies are not allowed to make any claims on the oils that they sell. This is simply because the oils have not been clinically tested. However, the therapeutic properties that I am posting here are of those constituents found in the oil (linalool, for example) and the research that has been made of them. Because these chemical compounds make up the majority of the oil, we can make some generalizations that the oil would have the same therapeutic properties as its parts.

This is the importance of a GCMS report to aromatherapists. In some cases, thyme essential oil may have the same smell but different chemical constituents because of the environment where they are grown. Companies who provide GC make this distinction: they put in the labels what is Thyme ct thymol and Thyme ct linalool. Thyme ct thymol can be irritating to the skin while Thyme ct linalool is not.

More often than not, oils would have a loooot of therapeutic properties so there is not much need to collect a lot (unless you are like me who is a hoarder and is now studying the oils, really, hahaha nakahanap ng excuse) – look at Lavender and Peppermint.

Through this chart, you can also see which blend you can make in the morning for example for your congested kid – peppermint (assuming he is more than 5 years old if topical application) and lemon to boost immune system and address congestion. But at nighttime, you can use frankincense and cedarwood, because both are good for respiratory support and at the same time, calming oils.

Hope this helps! β€