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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

I'd like to take a moment to wish everyone a safe, heartwarming, and aromatic extended Thanksgiving holiday week.

Through AromaWeb, I strive to focus upon the positives in life, but the reality is that Thanksgiving is not a day of celebration for everyone. I have so many blessings to be grateful for this year, but Thanksgiving will be bittersweet because my mom died in September and her birthday falls just several days after Thanksgiving.

If this Thanksgiving is a difficult day for you or if it is filled with mixed emotions, essential oils may help support you emotionally. AromaWeb's Recipe Box features an array of blends and recipes that have the potential to help.

Grief:
If you are saddened by the loss of a loved one, 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 Thanksgiving this year 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

As I spend this week reflecting upon all of my blessings, I consider myself especially blessed for the ongoing support that I receive from AromaWeb's wonderful advertisers and frequent visitors. I am grateful for your enthusiasm and the helpful feedback that you have shared with me over the course of each year.

Essential Oil Recipe for Celebrating, Giving Thanks and Expressing Gratitude
The essential oils used in this recipe are wonderfully suited for special moments of celebration and giving thanks. This blend is suitable for use at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

Essential Oil Blends Suitable for Thanksgiving and Cooler Autumn Temperature
Even though many areas of the United States have been enduring pre-mature frigid winter temperatures, look to AromaWeb's Essential Oils for Autumn Guide to view essential oils and suggested blends perfectly suited for diffusing in rooms that aren't already fragrant by the smell of holiday cooking.

Once again, wishing that you are able to have a joyful and safe Thanksgiving and a lovely transition into the Christmas and holiday seasons.


Sincerely,

Wendy


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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.

Read below to learn how I use Rosemary Essential Oils to stay alert, focused and energized as I work from my home office.

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. Our ability to focus can be even more challenging while working and learning during the pandemic.

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!


Sincerely,

Wendy
Wendy Robbins


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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 marks the unofficial start to summer for those in the United States. Much more importantly, it is a special day to commemorate the brave men and women in the military that have died during the performance of their duties.


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 DayAs I prepare this post, Mother's Day is coming up in a week. Mother'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 30 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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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 and Blends for St. Patrick's Day

Essential Oils and Diffuser Blends for St. Patrick's Day

The 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.

Take a peak at AromaWeb's Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for St. Patrick's Day for two blends that were created especially for this time of year.

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New Conifer Essential Oil Guide Now on AromaWeb

Conifer Essential Oil Guide

What a joy it has been to finally prepare and publish a guide to Conifer Essential Oils on AromaWeb. While growing up in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to enjoy spending a lot of time outside in a densely wooded area, savoring the beauty, shade and aroma of the spruce and pine trees. These days, I work very long hours, and I have far less time to explore and forest bathe (see below for more about forest bathing). Mindful diffusion of my conifer essential oils has made such a difference in helping me continue to feel a connection to the forest and these beautiful trees. As primarily invigorating oils, they have been helpful to keep me focused as I prepared this rather detailed guide...

Learn More by Reading AromaWeb's Guide to Conifer Essential Oils


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Seasonal Essential Oils for Fall and Autumn

Aromatherapy for Women

Fall is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere. The crisp, cooler days makes it a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending with more warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

For AromaWeb, I created a guide and list of warming and spicy essential oils that are commonly enjoyed for their enticing seasonal aromas at this time of year. Each essential oil in the guide is linked directly to its corresponding essential oil profile on AromaWeb for more details about the oil. The spicier oils do need to be more carefully used, so I've also included some recommended tips as a part of this seasonal article.

View the Guide:
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Autumn

  • Introduction
  • A Warning About Applying Spice Oils to the Skin
  • List of Oils for Autumn
  • Blending Spice Oils
  • Diffuser Blend Examples
  • Comment About Coniferous Essential Oils

I certainly don't want to forget my Southern Hemisphere friends!
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Spring


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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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