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The AIA Aims to Shed Light on Growing Concerns Regarding Essential Oils

A recent market report indicates favorable shifts in consumer demand and market expansion have helped the Essential Oil Manufacturing industry thrive in the current five-year period (IBIS World, 2016).

Market share concentration in this industry is low; no company accounts for more than 5.0% of industry revenue in 2016. Furthermore, IBIS World estimates that the top four players account for less than 10.0% of revenue in 2016. The level of concentration has been slowly rising over the past five years as network marketing companies continue to establish their brand names and thereby increase their market share. Although market share concentration has been slightly rising over the past five years, the level of concentration is expected to remain low over the long-term. A moderate level of barriers to entry will allow new companies to enter the market to take advantage of the rising revenue over the next five years.  The report’s analysts forecast the global essential oil market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.26% during the period 2016-2020.

With the increase an increase in the demand for essential oils, we are seeing more adulteration in essential oils-even in those that are relatively abundant and easily produced. What does this mean for authentic practitioners of Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine?

With the theme, Out of the Bottle and Into the Garden: Traditional Herbalism to Aromatic Medicine, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists International Conference aims to explore the use of various plant preparations while emphasizing the importance of the plants from which we obtain our precious oils. Lectures will feature experts from around the world discussing sustainability, ethics and professionalism while growing your business. The importance of how essential oil demand  is impacting the availability of our oils will be highlighted with attention to other types of plant medicine that can be used to provide complementary care in practice.

With the growing interest in Aromatic Medicine and questions regarding our ability to practice Aromatic Medicine and specific protocols that incorporate internal use of oils, we will feature two special lectures on Aromatic Medicine and protecting your business from government intrusion.

This August the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, in partnership with the Rutgers University Plant Biology Department (New Brunswick, NJ), will bring together 300-400 of the world’s top Aromatherapy leaders, practitioners, educators, research scientists, integrative health practitioners and entrepreneurs. Business development, thought-provoking content and endless networking opportunities are tied together by engaging and inspiring speakers, trade exhibits, and pre-conference workshops, and social events about the future of the Aromatic plant community, innovation, marketing, communication and imagination.

Registration is open and information about the schedule, speakers, pre-conference workshops, hotel and transportation are all online at www.aromatherapyconference.com.


How to Experience the Ultimate Aromatic Bath (Plus Recipes!)

This post first appeared on the blog of the American College of Healthcare Sciences on January 13, 2015. Reprinted with permission.

For those of us who reside in chillier climates, there’s nothing better than slipping into a soothing hot bath to soak away the winter doldrums. But if you haven’t tried adding essential oils to your bath time routine, you’re missing out!

Essential oils are extremely effective when added to bath water—they’ll work wonders on your skin, and you’ll feel radiant inside and out. And you don’t need to trek to the spa to have a rejuvenating, relaxing bath. Here are a few simple ways you can create the ultimate aromatic bath experience right in your own home:

How to Draw Your Aromatic Bath with Essential Oils 

Essential oils can be blended with your favorite base oil and then added to the bath. Or you can learn how to make fizzing herbal bath bombs with essential oils. But if lack of time is a factor in your life, you can add essential oils directly to the bath water.

  • Run the bath water first.
  • While your tub is filling, prepare all you need for a relaxing and comfortable bath. Set up your music, a few cushy towels, a head pillow or folded towel, your favorite cup of herbal tea, candles, and (especially for the parents out there) a “do not disturb” sign for your door.
  • Once your tub is full, turn the water off, and add your essential oils.
  • Swirl the oils around in the bath with your hands or feet to ensure dispersion.
  • Enter the bath and soak for around 10 minutes.

For a stress relief-booster, add one cup of Epsom salts. These magnesium sulfate salts mix well with essential oils and water and the extra magnesium gives the added benefit of a deeper, more relaxed sleep.

While you soak, be sure to take advantage of this “me” time. Meditate. Practice gentle stretches. Or simply shut your eyes, inhale the enchanting aromas, enjoy the warmth, and be fully present in a moment of peace.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a full bath in your home—a hand or footbath can be an excellent alternative.

Safety Tips for Bathing with Essential Oils

It can be tempting to want to add more than the recommended daily dose (RDD) or stated dose in the formula, but you must resist—a little bit of essential oil goes a long way. Remember that essential oils should never irritate or burn the skin, and if you have skin sensitivities, be sure to do a skin patch test before adding them to the bath.

Also, the heat and the water of the bath can enhance absorption, so it’s important to be cautious and use less than you think you need. If you absolutely need to add more, add one drop at a time every five minutes.

You may experience slight tingling with essential oils that contain menthol, such as peppermint Mentha ×piperita (L.), but this disappears quickly once you’re out of the bath and dry. The activity of citrus oils in particular can intensify on the skin when mixed with hot bath water, so always remember to use only the stated amount in the formula.

It’s Bath Time!

Now that you know how to draw the perfect aromatic bath, here are two delightful essential oil blends you’ll have to try this winter:

Stimulating Aromatic Bath

Stimulating Morning Bath

  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil: 5 drops
  • Peppermint Mentha ×piperita essential oil: 2 drops

Once your tub is full, turn the water off, and add your essential oils. Swirl the oils around in the bath with your hands or feet to ensure dispersion. Enter the bath and soak for around 10 minutes. Inhale deeply and enjoy the invigorating aromas.

Aromatic Bath Recipe

Calm and Restore Bath

  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens essential oil: 4 drops
  • Basil Ocimum basilicum essential oil: 2 drops

Once your tub is full, turn the water off, and add your essential oils. Swirl the oils around in the bath with your hands or feet to ensure dispersion. Enter the bath and soak for around 10 minutes. Inhale deeply and enjoy the soothing aromas.

You can find all of these oils in one easy >>Aromatic Bath Kit at the Apothecary Shoppe store here.

Aromatic Bath Kit

What essential oils will you choose for your ultimate aromatic bath? I’d love to know in the comments.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Dorene Petersen is the Founder, President, CEO, and Principal of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 35 years clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference (IFEAT) in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress (AAIC) and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the International Center of Advanced Aromatherapy (ICAA) at the WonGwang Digital University in Seoul, Korea; as well as the AAIC Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and she is also active with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC). Dorene is a travel junkie, and she hopes you will join her for the ACHS Study Abroad Program in Indonesia and India in 2015!

Check out the American College of Healthcare Sciences at http://www.achs.edu


Aromatherapy at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is located in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest specialist children’s hospital in southern Africa. The hospital is dedicated to providing world-class paediatric treatment, care, research, and specialist training. The Anesthetics Department has a special interest in Pain Management at the hospital and has established a Creative Arts Therapies Programme including Aromatherapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Child Life Specialists, and Child and Family Psychotherapy.

A volunteer Aromatherapist has been working at the hospital since 2004. Initially this service was only offered in the Burns Unit, but it has since expanded to include all the wards in the hospital. Medical or Allied Health Medical practitioners, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and social workers refer patients to the Creative Arts Therapies Team that they feel would benefit from this service.

In 2008 the ‘M’ Technique became the basic method of administering essential oils to the patients during an Aromatherapy treatment. It was felt that traditional massage was too intense for these very fragile children and so this gentler technique is now used. The ‘M’ Technique is a method of light rhythmical stroking movements performed at a set speed and pressure that lulls the body into a very deep state of relaxation. This technique was created by Dr. Jane Buckle under clinical conditions while she was working as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Currently there are five additional volunteers that have all been trained in the ‘M’ Technique working in the Oncology Ward, the Burns Unit and the Cardiac and Tracheotomy Wards. The original therapist works mainly in the ICU, but also sees referred patients in other wards.

While it would be ideal to blend an essential oil mix for each individual child, this is impractical in the hospital setting, particularly as the therapists provide their own oils. A blend of German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) in a 1% dilution in Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera) oil was decided on as the most appropriate blend for the children being treated at the hospital. The emphasis on the treatment is to provide a calm healing space and to alleviate pain, stress, anxiety, and trauma that children experience while in the hospital. A body that is calm and relaxed is in a much better position to heal than one that is stressed and anxious.

Case Study 1 (Phantom Limb Pain)                                                                                   The patient is a thirteen-year-old boy who touched a live electrical wire and was severely shocked and burnt. As a result of his injuries his left arm had to be amputated above the elbow. He also suffered full thickness burns on his chest and both feet.

The first time that this young boy received an aromatherapy treatment, he was complaining of phantom limb pains in his left arm. The Aromatherapist asked him if he would like her to treat the amputated area and he said yes. At the time he was sitting in his wheelchair and his right arm was elevated in a splint so that his upper arm and elbow were horizontal to the ground with his forearm hanging down. The treatment was started on his right hand and forearm so that he could get the idea of what it felt like. The therapist then moved onto the left side. The treatment started with both of her hands lightly holding his upper arm just above the amputation. She then slowly stroked both hands down towards where his hand should be and asked him to tell her when she reached his fingers. It is well-known that when patients suffer phantom pains the missing limb often feels much shorter or longer than what it actually was (Nikolajsen and Jensen, 2001). For this young man the phantom hand was at the appropriate place. The therapist started off stroking her hands up towards his shoulder and then down towards his ‘hand’ ending the stroke with her hands over his ‘hand.’ She held his ‘hand’ with her hands and used her thumbs to do light stretches from the middle of his ‘hand’ to the sides. Each ‘finger’ was then treated with three circles over each joint and then a stroke to the ‘finger.’ The therapist explained to him which ‘finger’ she was working with and each time the corresponding finger on his right hand would move. He didn’t seem to be aware of this as he was watching her intently work on his left ‘hand’. She continued to do the ‘M’ Technique stroking movements on his ‘arm’ and his whole body just let go and he slumped in the chair, totally relaxed. At the end of his treatment he said that the pain in his missing limb had gone. A little later in the day the Art Therapist went to work with him and he excitedly told her how the treatment had taken away the pain in his arm.

The Aromatherapist continued to work with this young man and gave him another eight treatments, but by thethird session his phantom pains had disappeared completely. He did however suffer from severe itching as his wounds healed and he said that the massage helped to relieve his itching. He loved his treatments and would call the therapist over as soon as he saw her walk into the ward to ask if it was his turn. For the remainder of his treatments there was no longer a need to include the missing limb.

by Linda-Anne O’Flaherty, Therapeutic Aromatherapist

Image: Linda-Anne O’Flaherty

More of Linda-Anne’s case studies can be found in the Summer 2013 issues of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA-Vol.2, Issue 1)  To subscribe go to http://www.ijpha.com.

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