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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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A Tribute to Marge Clark of Nature's Gift

Marge Clark of Nature's Gift

Marge Clark of Nature's Gift and I first "met" online back in the 1990s when I was an aromatherapy newbie on the IDMA aromatherapy mailing list.

This is before I launched or even conceived of AromaWeb. Marge was an incredibly supportive and helpful voice to so many participants on the list. She became a trusted mentor to me in my beginnings, helping to guide me towards safe and proper essential oil usage. Even to this day, she continues to generously offer her time and is active in sharing her knowledge and expertise in social media and Facebook groups.

Since my aromatic beginnings, Marge has been my mentor, my inspiration, my dear friend, and she has been so supportive of my vision for AromaWeb. She has also given me the incredible honor of advertising on AromaWeb continuously since the day I first accepted banner advertising 20 years ago.

Marge has been such a blessing to so many of us, and I would love to invite you to visit AromaWeb to view my personal remembrances and tribute that I've prepared to honor Marge. It's hard to properly express the impact that Marge has had on my aromatic and personal life, but I very much wanted to try.

View Tribute to Marge on AromaWeb

By my preparing this tribute to Marge, I do not mean to ignore or discount the many amazing educators, authors and valued advertisers that have also played an important role in my life and AromaWeb. I love and am grateful for you all.

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Hurricane Harvey: How the Essential Oil and Aroma Communities Can Help

How the Essential Oil and Aroma Communities Can Help for Hurricane Harvey

I can barely articulate how saddened and shocked I am by the damage done by Harvey. So many of us wish there was much more we could do to help...

Those of us that have used essential oils to help support ourselves, friends, families and clients through traumatic events know how beneficial and comforting they can be. For example, I wouldn't have created AromaWeb twenty years ago if I hadn't experienced how profoundly helpful essential oils were to me during an extremely difficult period in my life. I'm not suggesting that using an aromatherapy inhaler, roll-on or other essential oil product will eliminate trauma, PTSD or magically remove the unspeakable stress that Harvey has caused, but they can make a difference to those impacted.

The American Red Cross and disaster relief organizations such as Americares are stepping up efforts to provide assistance to those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

In addition to the wonderful works of these major organizations in providing relief, I'd really like to reach out to you to bring attention to the amazing work of the United Aromatherapy Effort and volunteers that include (but are not limited to) Amy Kreydin, the Barefoot Dragonfly and Sylla Sheppard-Hanger of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. The United Aromatherapy Effort provides assistance to victims as well as to the selfless first responders who also endure significant stress and trauma as a part of their service. View a touching Uncommon Scents Movie interview of Sylla talking about her experiences working with first responders after 9/11. You can view it on YouTube here.

Please learn more and help by following these links:

United Aromatherapy Effort Facebook Page - If you have facebook, please look to The United Aromatherapy Effort's Facebook Page for continuously updated information and to learn how you can help.

United Aromatherapy Effort - The United Aromatherapy Effort Web site isn't updated often. If you have facebook, please visit their facebook page to keep up to date and learn more about how you can help.

Aromatherapy Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Uncommon Scents Aromatherapy Documentary

Learn About Uncommon Scents a feature length documentary and supports its crowdfunding efforts

Uncommon Scents is a pre-production essential oil and aromatherapy documentary that will feature the aromatherapy educators and experts who hold the industry to its highest standard.

Executive Producer and Director Angela Jensen Ehmke and Executive Producer and Writer Kristina Bauer received their aromatherapy certifications from Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies. Kristina will complete her Masters of Science from American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) after Uncommon Scents is completed.

Executive Producer Angela Jensen Ehmke and Writer and Executive Producer Kristina BauerWith their combined film, writing and aromatherapy education and experience, Jensen Ehmke and Bauer are uniquely qualified to use the documentary medium to educate and enlighten viewers to the realistic benefits and applications of essential oils and holistic aromatherapy. Their energy, enthusiasm and dedication to Uncommon Scents is apparent and contagious.

Uncommon Scents Participants and IntervieweesJensen Ehmke and Bauer have arranged for aromatherapy educators and experts who hold the industry to its highest standard to participate in Uncommon Scents. I'm honored to have been asked to participate, and am humbled to be amongst so many of the educators, authors and experts that I hold in such profound esteem. You can view a complete list of the participants and interviewees that will be contributing to the film here:!participants/nfcc1.

Once filmed, Jensen Ehmke and Bauer will strive to procure significant distribution for the documentary, including but not limited to Netflix and Hulu which have subscriber bases in the millions. As a full length aromatherapy documentary, Uncommon Scents has the potential to go far in expanding our educational reach and helping to dispel the inaccuracies and myths surrounding essential oil usage and aromatherapy.

This will be an incredible opportunity for us, as a community of passionate and caring aromatherapy and essential oil professionals and enthusiasts, to ensure that essential oil usage and aromatherapy is covered accurately and responsibly.

But time is limited and your help is needed...

Uncommon Scents Crowdfunding on IndieGoGo

Uncommon Scents is presently undergoing crowdfunding through IndieGoGo.

What that means is that each and every one of us can play a part in making the documentary a reality by making a financial contribution to the campaign. Even small contributions can make a big difference.

If you aren't able to contribute financially, you still play an important part by liking/following Uncommon Scents on facebook and twitter (more info is below) and by sharing, retweeting, blogging and telling your friends. Spread the word!

Wow - Take a Look At the Crowdfunding Perks!
There are many amazing contribution perks available on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign page, donated by some of the most reputable names in aromatherapy educators and essential oil suppliers. Perks that have been offered include aromatherapy certification courses, essential oils and CO2s, aromatherapy books, and so much more. Many perks sell out fast, so I hesitate mentioning any specific examples here because they could be sold out by the time you get there. You're just going to have to take a peek for yoursef! :)

At the time of this post, there are only 16 more days to the fundraising campaign. For the documentary to become a reality, $60,000 must be raised. If contributions fall below $60,000, the documentary will not be made and every contributor will be refunded.

How You Can Help:

  • Make a financial contribution to Uncommon Scents' IndieGoGo Crowdfunding Campaign. There are many great perks available for your contribution.

  • Be sure to frequently spread the word about Uncommon Scents and the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. Links to the Uncommon Scents' Web site and social media are listed below.

How You Can Learn More:

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FDA Regulation of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Products

Botanicals in Test Tubes
On September 22, 2014, the FDA sent warning letters to Young Living and do-TERRA International, LLC. This indicates that the FDA will likely be keeping a much closer eye on companies that sell essential oils for holistic aromatherapy applications.

This will hopefully lead to positive changes for both consumers and vendors within the holistic aromatherapy community. However, it may also pose some big changes and challenges in how vendors market their oils and how consumers shop for oils.

Read AromaWeb's new FDA Regulation of Aromatherapy Products article to learn more...

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Hydrosol Profiles Now Available On AromaWeb

Hydrosols"I'm pleased to announce that AromaWeb has just launched a section that includes several especially helpful hydrosol articles. The new Hydrosols Directory also offers profiles for about 35 different individual hydrosols.

A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after producing an essential oil via steam or water distillation. (Some plants are specifically distilled for the resulting hydrosol instead of the hydrosol being simply a byproduct of a distillation.)

Hydrosols are water-based and are far less concentrated than essential oils. Hydrosols are a highly beneficial addition to those that practice holistic aromatherapy as well as for those that strive to use natural ingredients whenever possible for personal care applications and fragrancing work.

Visit the new Hydrosols Guide and Directory on AromaWeb

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Therapeutic Grade and Aromatherapy Grade Essential Oils Do Not Exist

Essential Oil BottlesThere is no governmental regulating body that grades or certifies essential oils as "therapeutic grade" or "aromatherapy grade."

Throughout the years, I've noticed a number of companies that use the terms therapeutic grade and sometimes aromatherapy grade. But until recently, I hadn't given these terms serious thought.

I've been a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy(NAHA) for a number of years. Upon recently renewing my membership, I spotted that their membership application/renewal form prohibits membership to those companies that use these terms. I applaud NAHA for taking this stance, and it was this policy that lead me to take a fresh look at the terms therapeutic grade and aromatherapy grade and realize how meaningless and confusing these terms can be to consumers.

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TOMORROW July 21: AIA Teleconference Featuring Marge Clark of Nature's Gift

AIA LogoA little birdie (Ann McIntire Wooledge, AIA's Central Regional Representative) recently shared the following:

Marge Clark"Marge Clark of Nature's Gift with her vast amount of knowledge is going to be our speaker at the monthly Alliance of International Aromatherapist's teleconference on Wednesday, July 21. You do need to be a member to participate in these conferences, and if you have the slightest interest in true aromatherapy then this is a great organization to join. Robert Tisserand is head of our research committee, plus we have many other well-know names, such as Marge, who participate and give monthly conferences. We will have a publication coming out soon."

On behalf of AromaWeb, I'm honored that Marge Clark's company Nature's Gift, Inc. is AromaWeb's longest running and presently largest advertiser (over 10 years!). Marge was also a remarkable mentor to me in my aromatherapy beginnings pre-AromaWeb. Marge is a delight to converse with and learn from. Don't miss this teleconference!

Learn more by going to AIA's Site...

Happy 15th Anniversary Online to Nature's Gift!

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Marge Clark of Nature's GiftWishing Marge Clark and the entire staff of Nature's Gift a very happy anniversary tomorrow, January 15, 2010. Marge Clark, President of Nature's Gift, has been involved within the aromatherapy community at large for ages. Marge has actively participated, networked and helped others in an array of online communities/message boards/mailing lists devoted to aromatherapy. Marge is author of Essential Oils and Aromatics: A Step-by-Step Guide for Use in Massage and Aromatherapy, available through and directly through Nature's Gift.

Nature's Gift ProductsMarge has an excellent reputation for sourcing superior quality and precious essential oils available through Nature's Gift, for her essential oil knowledge and is known for her passionate, unique writing style. Nature's Gift has been an advertiser and supporter of AromaWeb since its beginnings, and is AromaWeb's longest running advertiser. Marge is a wonderful mentor and was a source of encouragement to me when I originally launched AromaWeb in 1997. Her passion and love of aromatherapy shines through in all she does for Nature's Gift and the aromatherapy community at large.

Nature's Gift Anniversary SealOn, January 15, 2010, to celebrate their 15 years online, Nature's Gift will be featuring a generous 15% discount on a collection of their books including Marge's book Essential Oils and Aromatics: A Step-by-Step Guide for Use in Massage and Aromatherapy. She'll even sign it for you. For more information and to view the discount code that you need to use at checkout, visit Nature's Gift and view the details on the home page.