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Q: Why do I need an Aromatherapy Consultation for you to make me a Custom Aromatherapy Blend?
A: There are a few very important things I need to consider for both safety and effectiveness of the blend, such as the person’s:
- Age and overall health
- Medications or supplements used
- Specific concern(s) to be addressed
Based on your answers to the above, I’ll then be able to choose:
- The specific essential oils and bases I’ll use (and in what dilution)
- The method of application (type of product and container chosen)
Q: Why can’t I use your Essence, Formula, and Inspired Aromatherapy Blends on children under 10, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with current medical issues?
A: There are various opinions about the best age to start using essential oils for babies and kids. Babies and young children tend to be very sensitive, so my approach leans toward the cautious side.
When using essential oils with pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with current medical issues, we need to determine first if essential oils can be used safely, and, if so, begin with a lower concentration than typically recommended for otherwise healthy individuals over the age of 10.
A: The primary explanation for this is that essential oils all have different therapeutic uses and safety concerns, some of which depend on how (and to where) they’re applied. Inspired Blends marked as Limited Edition and Low Stock may not offer a product simply because I don’t have enough stock left to make certain types of products. And… sometimes there are just some common-sense reasons!
Just a few examples:
- NO potentially respiratory irritating essential oils in Aroma Inhalers – it could defeat the purpose of an enjoyable (and therapeutic) olfactory experience!
- NO *hot* essential oils in Bath Salts – it could cause skin irritation!
- NO phototoxic essential oils in Body Butters/Lotions/Sprays – it could cause a skin burn if you spend much time outdoors!
- NO blue-colored essential oils in Linen Spray – it could stain your fabric or clothes!
Some of these no-no’s don’t hold the same weight in Custom Blends as I can craft them with appropriate ratios to bases for the individual’s needs and circumstances after I have the information from their intake.
Q: I know many citrus essential oils are phototoxic, so how do you use them safely in your blends?
A: It is the cold-pressed extraction process that produces phototoxic citrus essential oils. When using a cold-pressed citrus essential oil, I keep its levels in the blend below that which has been shown to be phototoxic. Or, I choose a steam distilled citrus essential oil instead!
Q: How can I order a larger size of a blend than what I see offered?
A: Please email me with the blend name (e.g., Clean Is Keen) and type (e.g., Bathroom Spray), specifying what size you’re looking for so that I can let you know if I can accommodate your request and provide a price quote.
Q: What is the difference between a Bathroom Spray and a Room Spray?
A: Not much. I use the same ratio of essential oils to bases (and the same type of bases) in both. However, a Bathroom Spray needs to include essential oils that are amazing at combating odor. Whereas, you might want a Room Spray for its therapeutic benefits or just because you like the scent of the included essential oils.
Q: Can I use a Room (or Bathroom) Spray as a Linen Spray?
A: No. Room (and Bathroom) Sprays contain salt, whereas Linen Sprays contain hydrosols, which are gentle and skin-friendly. You want your Linen Spray to help support any skin that comes in contact with your linens!
Q: Can I use a Room (or Bathroom or Linen) Spray as a Body (or Personal Scent) Spray?
A: No. There are a few reasons for this:
- Body (and Personal Scent) Sprays only include essential oils that aren’t phototoxic (or are included at safe levels below phototoxicity).
- Room (and Bathroom and Linen) Sprays don’t include a dispersant. Dispersants keep the essential oils mixed with the base. Without this, the essential oils in your blend would simply start to evaporate in the air before they land on your skin to give you both the therapeutic benefits of the oils as well as the lingering scent you’re looking for with a Body Spray.
- Room (and Bathroom Sprays) contain salt. It defeats the purpose to have salt sitting on your skin, sucking up the moisture you’re helping protect with a Body Spray.
Q: What is the difference between a Body Spray and a Personal Scent Spray?
A: Not much. I use the same ratio of essential oils to bases (and the same type of bases) in both. However, a Body Spray is sometimes used for therapeutic benefits of the included essential oils – beyond just smelling good. Whereas, Personal Scent Sprays are typically chosen just because you like the scent of the included essential oils.
Q: When is the best time to apply a Body Butter or Body Lotion?
A: The SHORT ANSWER: After a bath or shower and before bed.
The LONGER ANSWER: One of the best times to apply Body Butter or Body Lotion is directly after bathing. Your skin has the most moisture when it’s wet, and most moisturizers work best when skin is already hydrated. After you bathe, water evaporates off your skin quickly, which can leave your skin feeling dry. The best way to seal in moisture is to apply a Body Butter or Body Lotion immediately after while skin is still slightly damp.
BONUS ANSWER: Moisture is pulled out of the skin as we sleep, so applying a Body Butter or Body Lotion right before bed is key. Added bonus: Soft and smooth skin is always a nice feeling as you slip into the sheets.
Q: What is a GC/MS report?
A: Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) is testing used by analytic chemists to determine the precise chemical constituents of an essential oil used in Aromatherapy, and whether it is pure or adulterated with synthetic chemicals or other products. These reports don’t often make much sense to the general essential oil user; however, a very important part of a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist’s education is related to making sense of these reports and how to choose essential oils by their resulting constituents (components) for therapeutic use.