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New AromaWeb Article: Guide to Diluting Essential Oils


Carrier Oils
Adding essential oil, drop by drop, to carrier oil. 
As I was recently reading/reviewing a book for inclusion within AromaWeb's Book Shelf, I read yet another blurb from an author that states that it is safe to use some essential oils on the skin, most particularly lavender and tea tree, without first diluting them in a carrier oil. Using essential oils on the skin without diluting them is referred to as applying them "neat."

As I was facebooking about my review recently, Marge Clark of Nature's Gift and I briefly exchanged comments about our mutual concern over the topical application of any undiluted essential oil. It was during this exchange that I realized that I should be expanding AromaWeb's coverage of the concerns and potential consequences of applying neat essential oils to the skin, as well as a beginner's guide to diluting oils. Read Marge's own history with sensitization to lavender within the Guide to Diluting Essential Oils.

In a nutshell, the undiluted use of essential oils on the skin can be harmful and potentially cause severe irritation or sensitization. You don't need to be afraid or avoid essential oils and I'm certainly not trying to scare anyone out of enjoying all the benefits that aromatherapy offers. Aromatherapy and the safe use of essential oils can be an amazing blessing within a holistic lifestyle. Do remember, however, that when working with essential oils, less is more.

If you are new to aromatherapy, are unsure of how to properly dilute essential oils prior to topical (skin) application and/or aren't sure which essential oils are more likely to cause irritation or even sensitization, I warmly encourage you to read AromaWeb's new Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. And please spread the word about this new guide. My hope is that this article can play a part in reducing the number of incidents of sensitization and irritation caused by the neat use of essential oils and of essential oils more prone to causing sensitization/irritation.

Read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils...


Plagiarism: Are You Breaking the Law Through Your Web Site?

PlagiarismI founded AromaWeb in 1997, and since that time, I have lost count of the number of times that I have discovered my articles, other writings or my photos on other sites or in print magazines without my permission. Over the years, I have also discovered a couple sites that have taken virtually all of the pages of AromaWeb and republished them on their own sites for their own gain. I would like to thank AromaWeb advertiser Marge Clark of Nature's Gift for looking out for AromaWeb and letting me know of a very recent incident of a site that registered a similar domain name and hijacked virtually all of AromaWeb's 400+ pages. They went so far as to change all instances of my registered trademark AromaWeb to that of their domain name. I am still in the process of pursuing recourse hence am not disclosing the domain name or other details on this situation.

Just two days ago, a kind visitor to AromaWeb alerted me to a European print magazine that has reprinted one of my articles without my permission. Over the years, quite a few other AromaWeb advertisers and visitors have alerted me to instances of my work being plagiarized, and I am most grateful to each and every one of you for your help. Those of us that spend countless hours studying, researching and writing within the field need to look out for each other.

Most individuals are taught what plagiarism is at an early age when they are still in secondary school. Yet with the amazing ability that we have to copy digital media like DVDs and mp3s/audio files and the ease that we have in copying and pasting text and photos from Web sites, way too many individuals (even "professional" print journalists) are using those copy and paste keys to grab and republish someone else's photos or text without express permission. Doing so is ILLEGAL, regardless of the intent to make a profit or not. Just because it's easy to pull the trigger on a gun (an analogy to selecting copy and paste functions with the click of a finger) doesn't mean it's legal to do so in all situations.

If you operate a Web site or blog and do not have a grasp of what plagiarism is or have used text or photos that you've found elsewhere on the Web or in books, you are likely infringing upon someone's intellectual rights, and you put yourself and your company not only at financial risk, but you also risk severely ruining your reputation. It doesn't matter if the site that you copy from does not have copyright notices in place, and it doesn't matter where you took the text unless they expressly have given you permission or clearly state that it's ok to reprint/republish their work. Google Images and Flickr aren't sources of photos that you can freely use. Just cause they make it easy to find photos doesn't mean that you can legally reuse them.

This post isn't intended to teach you all the legalities involved on the subject (I'm not a lawyer), but is intended to raise awareness to the seriousness of plagiarism and make you stop to think that you are stealing from hardworking people (like me). If you're plagiarizing or aren't sure if you are, do some research on the subject, learn how to seek permission and properly credit sources and actually learn how to write.

If you are the type of individual that grabs text and/or photos without permission and republishes them on your site or blog (or even in forum posts), think twice. The one you'll wind up harming the most is yourself. Read on to find out why...


Situation #1
In addition to owning AromaWeb, I am the marketing manager for Natural Sourcing and its trademarked properties including From Nature With Love. Not everyone realizes that I'm the same Wendy Robbins that works for Natural Sourcing. A few years ago, on behalf of Natural Sourcing/From Nature With Love, we were looking for a qualified writer to act as a copyrighter/online content coordinator. After reviewing a number of resumes, I found a few that stood out above the rest, and one particular woman caught my attention as a strong candidate for the position. As I do with those candidates that peak my interest, I asked for writing samples. She submitted a few that she claimed to write. Upon reviewing them, I discovered that one of her submissions was an article that she plagiarized from AromaWeb, an article that I had written and published years prior. I did not immediately bring the plagiarism to her attention and I instead casually wrote her back asking her for the history of each article she wrote. I discovered by her own admission that she used MY article within her own teaching materials and apparently even had MY article published within a particular magazine. I did not pursue legal action against this woman as I think her loss of being considered for this promising position and the humiliation that she surely should have against her conscience should be enough punishment, but I will publically state here that should I discover that she is continuing to use my work without permission, I will actively and aggressively protect my legal rights, pursue financial compensation and will no longer choose to be discreet about who she is.


Situation #2
On one particular day of a hectic week, I was looking forward to spending a quiet hour or two relaxing over a few magazines as I awaited a car repair. I had been getting acquainted with the editors and an assistant editor or one trade magazine in particular on behalf of Natural Sourcing and was looking forward to getting a strong feel for the publication, and brought this particular magazine with me to read. A couple weeks prior, I had spent quite a bit of time answering the questions of one of the assistant editors of this publication regarding natural exfoliants. As I cracked open the issue that I had brought along with me, I noticed that there was an article on aromatherapy written by this same assistant editor that I had just recently assisted. To my dismay, there were quite a few instances within the article that very closely resembled material that I had written for AromaWeb years prior. Because the matter is not resolved to my satisfaction, it is best that I do not elaborate in detail publically aside to say that I am pretty confident that this assistant editor did indeed lose her job over this incident. Taking other individual's work may seem like an easy way to get ahead, but it's usually the dishonest individual that winds up suffering the most and losing face.


Situation #3
It broke my heart to discover one of AromaWeb's most prominent advertisers had at least one of my articles displayed verbatim on her site. It's been a long time since this particular occurrence, and she did resolve the situation to my satisfaction, but from the moment I discovered her plagiarism, I no longer would accept her as an advertiser upon AromaWeb. I was financially compensated for her plagiarism, and I had refilled her position immediately, but it was nonetheless a losing situation for her as she lost a prominent position on AromaWeb.


Situation #4
I discovered that a site had taken AromaWeb in its entirety and republished it directly on their site. This company apparently thought that they could get away with simply ignoring my demands to take down their copy of AromaWeb. I won't disclose all the details of what transpired, but I will say that the very first thing I arranged was to immediately have their hosting company remove their entire site.


Situation #5
One of the content writers at my last employer had severely plagiarized another site. Apparently, she didn't think anyone else in the company would realize it. I couldn't but help notice that her text was identical to a herbalism site that I had recently been to. As difficult as it was to know this woman would probably be fired once I brought this to the attention of my boss (and she was), there's no way I could have ignored the situation and allowed that woman to put the entire company at risk by her solitary actions.


There are more instances, but I'll stop with these.

I am NOT a lawyer and I cannot offer legal advice. But I do have quite a bit of experience in dealing with the plagiarism of my work. I hope this post will help bring more awareness to the seriousness, harm and negativity that plagiarism causes. Plagiarism not only sabotages and dilutes the efforts of hardworking authors, but it also causes them added time and aggravation in having to pursue the protection of their intellectual property. Plagiarism also will wind up ruining the reputation of those that include plagiarized material on their site. Word gets around. Especially with tight knit communities like the aromatherapy industry. Think twice. Then think again. Then just don't do it.


I would like to encourage you to please link to this post and spread the word, but don't plagiarize it. ;)


New AromaWeb Section: Aromatherapy & the Chakras

I'm happy to announce that I've just finished adding the new nine-page Aromatherapy & the Chakras section to AromaWeb's Article Archive.

The seven chakras aligned along the spine.The word chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit, a sacred and holy language of Hinduism and Buddhism. Chakra is pronounced shock + ra with a "ra" sound as in oakra.

Chakras are invisible to the naked eye and interconnect our physical and spiritual selves. Each of the seven chakras is tied directly to a specific region and nerve center of the body.

It is believed that each of the chakras absorbs and filters the energy that we emit through our thoughts and actions as well as through the thoughts and actions of all those that we come into contact with. When one of the chakras is out of balance as a result of negative energy flowing through it, it begins to spin too slowly or too fast. When a chakra is not balanced, it can effect that physical region of the body and also effect very specific aspects of our spiritual and emotional selves.

Massage, reflection, meditation and energy work using essential oils can help restore specific balance to each of the chakras. Look to AromaWeb's new Aromatherapy & the Chakras section for information on the essential oils associated with each chakra.


Introduction to the Chakras
Read this informative background and introduction to the seven principle chakras.


Balancing the Chakras Using Essential Oils
This article includes details on how you can use essential oils and aromatherapy to help keep your chakras balanced.


Root ChakraThe Root Chakra centers upon our core needs for survival, security and livelihood. When the Root Chakra is unbalanced, you will feel ungrounded, confused and lack the ability to move forward. Without a balanced Root Chakra, it is impossible to fully balance the other chakras. Read More...


Sacral ChakraThe Sacral Chakra influences personal creativity ranging from artistic expression to creative problem solving. Healthy sexual desire and expression is also controlled by the Sacral Chakra, though communicating sexual desires is also directly affected by the Throat Chakra. Read More...


Solar Plexus ChakraThe Solar Plexus Chakra strongly influences your identity and sense of self worth. Imbalances can take on polar opposites ranging from low self-esteem all the way to arrogant, selfish behavior. Read More...


Heart ChakraThe Heart Chakra strongly influences the ability to give and receive love in a healthy way. The Heart Chakra also influences our ability to cope with the sadness of betrayals of a loved one or losing a loved one due to breakup, abandonment or death. Read More...


Throat ChakraThe Throat Chakra strongly influences our ability to effectively communicate our thoughts, opinions, desires and feelings - and just as importantly, our ability to hear, listen and understand those in our daily lives. The Throat Chakra not only influences what we hear and say through verbal communication, but it also influences body language and written communication methods. Read More...


Third Eye ChakraThe Third Eye (Brow) Chakra influences the areas of our mind that control our common sense, wisdom, intelligence, memory retention, dreams, spirituality and intuition. Read More...


Crown ChakraThe Crown Chakra influences our deeper understanding of ourselves beyond the physical or material. Read More...


AromaWeb Announces the Launch of Its Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment Collection of Articles

Essential Oils Being DiffusedI'm pleased to introduce AromaWeb's new Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment collection of articles. The new Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment category of AromaWeb's Article Archive currently features ten articles. I look forward to seeing this new area evolve to cover a growing and diverse range of spiritual topics. Each of these articles will discuss how aromatherapy and essential oils can enhance spirituality and enlightenment.


As a sidenote, I've been working diligently over the past few evenings to put the finishing touches on these articles for publication tonight. I reflected throughout the week on the tragedy and thought it would be meaningful for this section to be published today, 09/11/09. My thoughts & prayers are with all those lost or that lost a loved one on 9/11. If you are grieving over 9/11 or any other loss, do visit AromaWeb's Blends to Help Cope with Grief recipe page for ideas on essential oil blends that may help you during your grieving process.


I welcome you to read and explore the new 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
In ancient Biblical times, the distillation technology needed to distill essential oils hadn't yet been discovered. 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.

Essential Oils to Cleanse, Purify and Combat Negativity
Essential oils have the potential to uplift our spirit, purify the environment and combat the negativity that we experience daily.

Native American Smuding Rituals
Native Americans use fragrant natural herbs like sage, sweetgrass, juniper, cedar and pine/pinon needles to help cleanse and clear the air of negative influences and attract positive energy.

Aromatherapy and Astrology
Aromatherapy and astrology are two fields that aren't considered closely connected. You, however, can integrate the benefits of aromatherapy into what you know about yourself and your loved ones through your insight into astrology.


Introducing AromaWeb's New Advertiser Spotlight Area

I am pleased to announce the launch of AromaWeb's new Aromatherapy Advertiser Spotlight area. Through the Advertiser Spotlight, I am looking forward to telling you a bit more about each of AromaWeb's largest advertisers. Through their advertising dollars, AromaWeb's valued advertisers support AromaWeb's efforts to share objective, honest information about the field of holistic aromatherapy with the public.

Soon, I look forward to working with each of AromaWeb's advertisers including prominent and long term supporter, Marge Clark of Nature's Gift to share a Spotlight for her extraordinary company and line of essential oils, carrier oils, hydrosols and other aromatherapy related ingredients and accessories. Marge is the author of Essential Oils and Aromatics, and holds a well respected place within the field of aromatherapy here in the United States. I've been blessed to consider Marge a mentor and friend for over twelve years.

In the coming months, AromaWeb looks forward to introducing you to each of AromaWeb's largest advertisers within the new Advertiser Spotlight area:

Aromaland

BulkSkinCare.com By Aromaland

Nature's Gift

Birch Hill Happenings

SunRose Aromatics

Samara Botane

Aromatics International

The Aromatherapy Place

Essential Wholesale

Naturally Thinking

From Nature With Love

Oak Ridge Candle Company

Diffuser World

100% Pure Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

A Healing Essence

Tip 2 Toe Essentials

American College of Healthcare Sciences

Botanic Oil Innovations

As you move forward within your aromatherapy journey today and into the future, please do rememeber to make it your priority to select AromaWeb advertisers as your source for all of your essential oils and aromatherapy products. AromaWeb advertisers support my desire and ambition to develop and share honest and objective aromatherapy information with you. Without their financial support, AromaWeb and AromaTalk would not have the extensive level of content that it presently offers.


Learn How to Advertise on AromaWeb


AromaWeb/AromaTalk Update

Wendy Robbins
Wendy Robbins  
I've been posting less frequently lately, and want to peak out from behind my monitor to briefly mention some of the upcoming projects that I'm working on for AromaWeb behind the scenes. I will be posting more regularly again soon...


Advertiser Spotlight:
I am presently in the midst of developing a new area to recognize and showcase AromaWeb's largest advertisers. Through their advertising dollars, AromaWeb's valued advertisers support AromaWeb's efforts to share objective, honest information about the field of holistic aromatherapy with the public. In the coming months, AromaWeb looks forward to introducing you to each of AromaWeb's largest advertisers by including detailed profiles of each advertiser within the upcoming Advertiser Spotlight area.

Aromatherapy and Spirituality:
I've also been busy working on AromaWeb's upcoming Aromatherapy and Spirituality article section. In addition to doing research on the spiritual practices of several world religions, I'm presently delving further into understanding Native American smudging rituals and will be integrating information about smudging on AromaWeb in the future.

Book Reviews:
I'm in the midst of (slowly) reading/working on a couple new book reviews.

Aromatherapy Calendar of Events:
Continue to keep an eye out for an upcoming Aromatherapy Calendar of Events on AromaWeb. I will be launching it asap.

Personally...
On a personal note, my daughter Ashley is heading off to college in a week. My time is more limited at the moment as we prepare for her move. Please bear with me as I will not be as quick to respond to inquiries over the next week or so.


Sincerely,

Wendy
Wendy Robbins
President
AromaWeb, LLC


More Ways to Stay In Touch With AromaWeb


My Space

Earlier this week, I established a presence for AromaWeb and AromaTalk on MySpace:

AromaWeb: http://www.myspace.com/aromaweb

AromaTalk: http://www.myspace.com/aromatalk

I use other means to keep in touch and find friends, so it's unlikely that I'll use MySpace much. AromaWeb's presence, however, is an added way to spread the word about AromaWeb and AromaTalk.


Twitter

I am now utilizing Twitter to announce updates, aromatherapy news and anything that may be of special interest to AromaWeb/AromaTalk visitors.

Twitter is a free micro-blogging site that allows you to send short 140-character maximum messages called tweets. It is easy to follow those individuals and companies that interest you. It's a practical and time-saving way to stay in touch with your friends, colleagues and clients and develop new contacts.

Follow AromaWeb


AromaWeb Advertisers

Advertisers, please let me know if you are on Twitter or have a presence on MySpace. I'd like to be sure to follow you on Twitter and add you as a friend on MySpace. I plan to establish a presence on Facebook soon.

Within the next few weeks, I look forward to contacting you by email with an announcement of several exciting new features and enhancements for advertisers including a new Events Calender, new advertising opportunities, and more.


Aromatherapy Books Most Frequently Purchased by AromaWeb Readers

Disclosure: This post and AromaWeb's Books area contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. If you click on one of the links below and make a purchase through Amazon.com, AromaWeb will earn a commission. Even if you prefer not to shop through Amazon.com, please use this information and AromaWeb's book reviews to help you select the books that are most suitable for you.

Amazon.com Associate of the Month

AromaWeb was selected as the Amazon.com Associate of the Month for July, 2001.

AromaWeb's extensive Book Shelf area features reviews of over 40 aromatherapy books. Each review conveniently links to Amazon.com's corresponding page pertaining to each book for convenient ordering. (AromaWeb earns commissions if you click onto Amazon.com from these links - so please support AromaWeb by using them.)

I have just finished updating the Book Shelf to include a ranked list of the 15 aromatherapy books purchased most frequently by AromaWeb visitors:

 

Book Image   1. The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Valerie Ann Worwood
     
Book Image   2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils
by Julia Lawless
     
Book Image   3. Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions
by Donna Maria
     
Book Image   4. The Essential Oils Book
by Colleen K. Dodt
     
Book Image   5. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols
by Jeanne Rose
     
Book Image   6. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals
by Kristen Leigh Bell
     
Book Image   7. Advanced Aromatherapy
by Kurt Schnaubelt
     
Book Image   8. Aromatherapy an A-Z
by Patricia Davis
     
Book Image   9. The Fragrant Mind
by Valerie Ann Worwood
     
Book Image   10. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs
     
Book Image   11. The Art of Aromatherapy
by Robert B. Tisserand
     
Book Image   12. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child
by Valerie Ann Worwood
     
Book Image   13. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
by Suzanne Catty
     
Book Image   14. Medical Aromatherapy
by Kurt Schnaubelt
     
Book Image   15. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy
by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

There are a LOT of other invaluable aromatherapy books that aren't on the above list. Be sure to scroll through the Aromatherapy Book Shelf's Alphabetical List to view reviews of 25+ more aromatherapy related books.

In the future, I plan to break down the Book Shelf into subcategories organized by experience level as well as by topic.


AromaWeb Design Enhancements

Recipe BoxI will most likely be posting to AromaWeb less frequently during the next month. I am pleased to have completed the redesign enhancements of the major entry pages on AromaWeb over the past month: The Artice Archive, Recipe Box, Essential Oil Profiles, Carrier Oil Profiles, Book Shelf, AromaGrams, Aromatherapy Polls, Aromatherapy Links, and the Global Business Plaza.

With over 300 individual pages on AromaWeb, updating the layout throughout the site is a time consuming process, but it is one that I am looking forward to completing over the course of the next couple months!


New AromaWeb Article: Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils

Thick Oils
Pictured clockwise from top left are Calendula CO2, Benzoin Resin, Peru Balsam and Rose Absolute.  
Most essential oils are thin in viscosity, meaning they are almost of a water-like consistency. Some steam distilled essential oils, namely patchouli and sandalwood, are thicker but still are relatively easy to work with. Some CO2s, absolutes, balsams, resins and other botanical aromatics, however, can be nearly solid at room temperature and are much harder to work with, measure and blend.

Heating oils until they are at a workable consistency helps, but it's important to heat oils gently and for as brief a period as possible. Heat can potentially destroy the fragile constituents of particular oils.

I recently received a question from an AromaWeb visitor who would like to know the best method to handle thick oils. Beyond my basic recommendation to gently heat thick oils in warm water, I have wanted to take out some time to develop an article where I describe and explore the options for working with thick oils.

Click here to read the rest of this article on AromaWeb....

A special thank you to Marge Clark, President of Nature's Gift for contributing to this new and helpful article.