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Labor Day Weekend and Rosemary Essential Oil

September Outdoor SceneWishing everyone a pleasant and safe Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Each year, Americans and Canadians celebrate Labor/Labour Day on the first Monday of September. Labor Day is a day intended to honor workers and offer a day of relaxation.

Though I'm glad that this coming Monday is Labor Day, this extended weekend will partially be a "working" weekend for me. Read below to learn how I use Rosemary Essential Oils to stay alert, focused and energized as I work.

With Labor Day typically falling right around the start of school, I don't remember ever being taught about the history or depth of meaning of the holiday. Do you? Visit one or all of the following sites for answers to your questions regarding the origins of Labor Day:

Rosemary Essential Oil for Concentration while Working or Studying:

Labor Day marks a time when students and teachers say goodbye to summer and rev up for school. Fall also earmarks a busier workload for quite a few professions.

Sprigs of RosemaryLook to Rosemary Essential Oil as the oil of choice when you need help in focusing, concentrating and recalling what you learn for extended periods.

I love diffusing Rosemary in my diffuser. (View AromaWeb's All About Diffusers article for information on different diffuser methods). Rosemary Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil are all energizing oils. Combine Rosemary and one or both of the mints in a diffuser as a powerful combination for staying alert and focused. If studying and working has you stressing, try combining Rosemary with calming Lavender Essential Oil. Experiment with uplifting and energizing Orange Essential Oil as well. Cypress Essential Oil is also an exceptional oil for helping to stay clear-thinking and focused. Be sure to follow all safety precautions for each essential oil that you use.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and the transition to Fall!


Wendy Robbins

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Introductory Guide to Hydrosols


Fresh, expertly produced hydrosols offer numerous benefits for skin care, emotional well-being, spiritual applications and so much more. When used correctly, they can be gentler to use than essential oils and are often recommended by clinical aromatherapists for children and pets when essential oils are too potent for use.

A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender. The plant material used in the distillation process imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant. Learn more by reading AromaWeb's Introduction to Hydrosols.

Hydrosols offer countless benefits and can be used in an endless number of ways. See AromaWeb's Hydrosol Uses guide to learn more and read about many of the ways that you can incorporate hydrosols into your lifestyle.

View profiles for 38 Hydrosols and learn much more about hydrosols including general safety and shelf life info by visiting AromaWeb's Hydrosol Directory.

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What is Phototoxicity and How Does It Apply to Using Essential Oils?


Photosensitization and phototoxicity occur when phototoxic essential oil constituents (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils), particularly furocoumarins (FCs), react when exposed to ultraviolet light. Inflammation, blistering and reddening/burning of the skin are common.

Learn more and view a list of phototoxic essential oils by reading AromaWeb's Guide to Phototoxicity and Essential Oils.

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Sustainability Risks and Conservation of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

Conservation and Sustainability of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

It takes a HUGE amount of plant material to produce essential oils. For example, it takes all of the petals from 30-50 roses to produce a single drop of Rose Otto Essential Oil. [Source: Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 6.]

We cannot assume that the essential oils that we have easy and reasonably affordable access to today will be available to us indefinitely if we do not each play our part in responsible usage, conservation and sustainability efforts.

It is so important for us all to do our best to use essential oils sensibly and spend time learning about which essential oil bearing plants are endangered or are at-risk.

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300 Shareable Essential Oil Images Available on AromaWeb

Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Images

Looking for essential oil information to share with your friends, colleagues and your social media audience? Visit AromaWeb's expanded Shareable Images area to choose from over 300 free, eye-catching images that can be used to share links to helpful essential oil articles, guides, recipes and oil profiles

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