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Father's Day and Aromatherapy for Men

Essential Oils for Men

Aromatherapy is sometimes mistaken to be a women's only modality. The reality is that men are actively and prominently involved in all aspects of the field of aromatherapy. June is Men's Health Month, and Sunday is Father's Day. Visit the Aromatherapy for Men section of AromaWeb's Article Archive for an introduction and suggestions on how men can enjoy aromatherapy within their daily lives:

Aromatherapy for Men:
Men have played a huge role in aromatherapy since its onset. Read this overview to learn how men can enjoy aromatherapy as a part of their daily lives.

Aromatherapy Practices for Men:
Read about the aromatherapy practices that men use and enjoy most.

Essential Oils Favored By Men:
This link will lead you to this Essential Oil Profile section that showcases the earthy, spicy, woody and citrus essential oils that men love most.

Aromatherapy Tips for Formulating Masculine/Earthy Blends:
Borrowed from AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Blending Guide, this article teaches you how to customize and adapt recipes so they emphasize more masculine notes.


If Father's Day Is a Day of Sadness for You

Through AromaWeb, I strive to focus upon the positives in life, but the reality is that Father's Day is not a day of celebration for everyone. Not all fathers, grandfathers or children are living. And for some, their relationships are so dynsfuctional or abusive that they count down the hours until the day is over. Most media attention for Father's Day focuses upon on the positives, so I am going to dedicate the remainder of this post to those who struggle, often silently or alone, with their mixed feelings of Father's Day.

If Father's Day is a difficult day for you or if it is filled with mixed emotions, look to aromatherapy to help improve your outlook and focus upon the positives of the day. AromaWeb's Recipe Box features an array of blends and recipes that can help with the emotions that you personally experience:

Grief:
If you are saddened by the loss of your father, grandfather, child or other significant paternal/child figure in your life, look to AromaWeb's Blends to Help Cope with Grief page. Rose Essential Oil/Otto is the oil of choice for me when dealing with grief.

Anxiety/Nervousness:
If dealing with difficult loved ones today is rough or if the day leaves you feeling anxious or nervous, look to AromaWeb's Calming/Relaxing Aromatherapy Blend and Blends to Combat Anxiety.

These blends can also be especially helpful today:

Anger Reducing Blends

Confidence Enhancing Blends

Depression Reducing Blends

Energizing Blends

Fear Fighting Blends

Happiness and Peace Enhancing Blends

Insomnia/Sleeplessness Blend

Irritability Reducing Blends

Loneliness Easing Blends

Panic and Panic Attack Blends

Self Confidence/Insecurity Blends

Stress Reducing Blends


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Essential Oils to Help Reflect Upon and Honor Memorial Day

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil for Memorial DayMemorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer for those in the United States. It is also a special day to commemorate those that we have loved and lost, including all those that have served our country and community.


Memorial Day Remembrance Blend

The following blend can be diffused as you reflect on the meaning of the holiday and the loved ones that you are in remembrance of. The choice of citrus oils are intended to uplift the spirits and celebrate the warmer temperatures. The inclusion of Rose Essential Oil/Otto in this blend is intended to help aid grief and bring comfort. I've included Patchouli as that is a favorite of mine in remembrance blends as it is grounding. It's earthiness also helps to make this a blend that both men and women can benefit from. Sandalwood Essential Oil or Vetiver Essential Oil could also be used in place of Patchouli Essential Oil.

Combine all oils in a clean glass bottle and diffuse as you would other essential oil blends as you reflect, pray or meditate.

For more information on meditating/reflecting or praying with essential oils, view the following articles:


Other Blends For Celebration, Grief and Supporting Emotional Well-Being

These blends may also helpful:

o Anger Reducing Blends

o Celebrating and Expressing Gratitude

o Depression Reducing Blends

o Fear Fighting Blends

o Grief Reducing Blends

o Happiness and Peace Enhancing Blends

o Insomnia/Sleeplessness Blend

o Irritability Reducing Blends

o Loneliness Easing Blends

o Panic and Panic Attack Blends

o Self Confidence/Insecurity Blends

o Stress Reducing Blends


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Aromatherapy for Mother's Day

Aromatherapy for Mother's DayMother's Day is intended to celebrate the efforts of all the mothers and the mother figures in our lives, and I'm wishing all mothers and children a beautiful and happily memorable Mother's Day!

A wonderful blend to diffuse to celebrate Mother's Day and other holidays is AromaWeb's Blend for Celebrating, Giving Thanks and Expressing Gratitude.

Wendy and Ashley
  Wendy and her
daughter, Ashley
Mother's Day holds a special place in my heart as my daughter Ashley's due date happened to fall on Mother's Day. However, she came into the world 6 weeks early, and the church Baptism schedule timing lead to her being baptized on Mother's Day. I can hardly believe that many Mother's Days have passed since then. Ashley is now 29 and I remain so blessed that my little preemie has matured into an immensely compassionate, loving, creative, funny and ambitious woman.

...But I recognize that not all families can be together for Mother's Day this year. Additionally, not all family relationships are ideal, and that can make Mother's Day a time of sadness or loneliness.

Through AromaWeb, I strive to focus upon the positives in life, but the reality is that Mother's Day is not a day of celebration for everyone. Not all mothers, grandmothers or children are living. And for some, their relationships are so dysfunctional or abusive that they count down the hours until the day is over. There is a lot of focus on the positives of Mother's Day, so I am going to devote the remainder of this post to those who struggle, often silently, with mixed feelings, depression, and/or anxiety surrounding Mother's Day.

If Mother's Day is a difficult day for you or if it is filled with mixed emotions, look to aromatherapy to help improve your outlook and focus upon the positives of the day. AromaWeb's Recipe Box features an array of blends and recipes that can help with the emotions that you personally are experiencing over Mother's Day:

Grief:
If you are saddened by the loss of your mother, grandmother, child or other significant mother/child figure in your life, look to AromaWeb's Blends to Help Cope with Grief page. Rose Otto (Rose Essential Oil) or Rose Absolute is the oil of choice for me when dealing with grief, and it has special significance for me around Mother's Day.

Anxiety/Nervousness:
If dealing with difficult loved ones on Mother's Day reminds you of past difficulties, triggers traumatic memories or leaves you feeling anxious or nervous, look to AromaWeb's Calming/Relaxing Aromatherapy Blend and Blends to Combat Anxiety.

These blends can also be especially helpful:

Anger Reducing Blends

Confidence Enhancing Blends

Depression Reducing Blends

Energizing Blends

Fear Fighting Blends

Happiness and Peace Enhancing Blends

Insomnia/Sleeplessness Blend

Irritability Reducing Blends

Loneliness Easing Blends

Panic and Panic Attack Blends

Self Confidence/Insecurity Blends

Stress Reducing Blends


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Earth Day and the Mindful Use of Essential Oils

"Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment." — From Wikipedia

The Earth from SpaceOur generation is causing a much more negative impact on the earth (and atmosphere) than all previous generations, and the harm we cause will be dramatic if we don't all start doing our part.

The idea of changing habits can seem like a daunting task. You don't have to read books or become an expert on environmentalism or "green" living (such an overused term) to be able to start making a small difference now.

Earth DayIt is more expensive to eat/use organic products instead of conventional and heavily processed ones, but the overall costs to our health and the environment to manufacture conventional products are much more expensive in the long run. If we all do what we can and gradually make changes, it can lead to big benefits overall for our health and the environment.


The Mindful Use of Essential Oils

SeedlingAs avid supporters of holistic aromatherapy and the sensible use of essential oils, we can make a big difference by being mindful of the quantity of essential oils that we use.

For essential oil usage, less is more. (See AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Article).

It takes a lot of botanical plant material to make just a small quantity of essential oil. (See AromaWeb's Essential Oil Yields article.) Using essential oils sensibly instead of using synthetic substitutes can be especially beneficial for our health as well as the overall impact on the earth and atmosphere. But because it takes a lot of plant material to manufacture essential oils, overusing essential oils is especially wasteful of plant life.

Using undiluted essential oils topically can be sensitizing and harmful to our bodies over time and wastes our precious natural resources. For more information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils.

For more ideas on how to be mindful when using essential oils and to better understand the oils that are most threatened, please read the following articles:


Learn More About Earth Day

Learn more about Earth Day by checking out the below links:

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

Earth Day Network
http://www.earthday.org


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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Spirituality

EasterDiffusing essential oils with Biblical significance can be especially meaningful at this time. Regardless of your spiritual background, aromatherapy and essential oils can play a special part as you embark or continue on your spiritual journey.

Read and explore the Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment category of AromaWeb's Article Archive:

Essential Oils for Spirituality
This article includes a categorized list of essential oils known for their particular value within spiritual applications.

Meditating With Essential Oils
Proper use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by grounding you and promoting a sense of calm. Read this article to learn more.

Praying With Essential Oils
Essential oils can be diffused as you pray to help you focus your thoughts and prayers. Learn more within this article.

Aromatic Botanicals, Aromatherapy and the Bible
The aromatic and anointing oils mentioned throughout the Bible were likely the oils that we refer to today as infused oils, not essential oils. Learn why and learn about the aromatic botanicals and oils that were available at the time.

Aromatic Botanicals of the Bible
View a list of the botanicals mentioned throughout the Bible. Each includes an example Biblical passage.

Anointing With Essential Oils
Using carrier oils and essential oils, you can create your own anointing oils for use during prayer, meditation or during times in which you want to express your gratitude or intention towards a particular goal or outcome.

Incense and Spirituality
Incense made with natural ingredients can be burned during times of meditation, prayer, general reflection or to help cleanse and clear the air and make a space sacred.


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Essential Oils for St. Patrick's Day

Spearmint
An essential oil that first comes to my mind for use in the diffuser on St. Patrick's Day is Spearmint Essential Oil. Like its beautiful green leaves, spearmint is often is represented by the color green (i.e. in mints, gums and candies). It is a fresh, clean-smelling, energizing oil that is perfectly befitting the day and transition of seasons. It doesn't overpower as easily as Peppermint Essential Oil can.

Here in the northern hemisphere, Spring will be officially arrive in a few not-soon-enough-to-get-here days. Although it is still too cool for my spearmint to once again begin to grow, my mint plants are typically the first to greet me as soon as the weather warms up enough. [Read AromaTalk's Growing and Enjoying Peppermint, Spearmint and Other Mint Plants.]

On St. Patrick's Day, try diffusing a little Spearmint Essential Oil or create a refreshing room spray.

Aromahead also suggests Sweet Basil, Palmarosa, Lime or Siberian Fir as green oils lovely for the day. View Aromahead Blog's Green Oils to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Valentine's Day and Romance

Aromatherapy for RomanceWishing you a lovely Valentine's Day on Friday. If you have romantic plans in store, be sure to check out AromaWeb's Aromatherapy for Romance collection of articles:

Aromatherapy for Romance
Aromatherapy, natural botanicals and natural fragrancing all tantalize our sense of smell. They play a significant role within romance, love and intimacy. Take a look within this post.

Setting the Mood
Preciously fragranced room sprays, body mists, bath oils, massage oils, and other natural aromatics can enhance a romantic evening or add variety and intrigue to your marriage. Read on for ideas.

Aromatherapy Aphrodisiacs
Learn about sensual essential oils and aphrodisiacs.


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Esential Oil Diffuser Blends for Meditation and Reflection

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Meditation

I love using essential oils both during my periods of prayer and also when I meditate, reflect or "listen" for wisdom.

Not only can essential oils help support our physical and emotional wellness, they also offer the incredible potential to support and complement our spiritual lives when used mindfully and safely.

This past year, I created several meditation diffuser blends that I am pleased to share with you on AromaWeb. They are intended to help ground and center you and support your intentions as you meditate or practice yoga.

Learn More by Heading Over to AromaWeb and Reading 5 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Meditation


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AromaWeb Guide to C02 Extracts

Carrier Oil Guide on AromaWeb

Did you know that CO2 Extracts are superior to essential oils in several ways? CO2 Extracts can be a wonderful complement to essential oils. More and more suppliers are starting to offer a growing selection of these precious aromatics.

Learn about CO2 Extracts, what they are, how they compare to essential oils, how CO2 supercritical extraction is performed and what the difference is between CO2 Select Extracts and CO2 Total Extracts:

AromaWeb Guide to CO2 Extracts


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The Importance of Essential Oil Safety

Conifer Essential Oil Guide

Essential oils can be incredibly beneficial for supporting our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being when used with sensibility, knowledge and care. Essential oils are very highly concentrated, and they must be treated with respect. As I mention on AromaWeb, we shouldn't be afraid to use essential oils, but it's important to learn about and heed essential oil safety guidelines so they can be used safely and effectively.

Learn about important essential oil safety precautions by reading AromaWeb's essential oil safety articles and guides:


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