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Updated by Beverley Hawkins on Aug 21, 2013
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WCIA Guide to Using Essential Oils

West Coast Aromatherapy's guide to using essential oils to enhance your physical and emotional health

Emotional Balance and Essential Oils

Just when I thought I had it altogether, being 'so balanced, calm and centered that nothing knocked off my happy emotional perch', I received a reminder of just how emotional we all can be at times. My first reaction was to be swept along with the emotion and feeling of it all.

Aromatic Affirations

Joni Keim and Ruah Bull in their book Daily Aromatherapy, Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils, say that April is associated with the essential oils of Orange for Joy, Mandarin for optimism, Petitgrain for harmonious relationships and Bergamot for hope.

Aromatic Teaser - Pathways of Assimilation - Pregnancy

Here is another Aromatic Teaser from Bob and Rhiannon Harris, which appeared in Aromatherapy Today Vol 28 -12.03: Essential oil components can cross the blood-brain barrier and the placenta. TRUE: Essential oil meet the criteria of drugs that are able to cross these zones of reduced permeability: small molecular size, lipophilic and non-ionised.

Aromatic Teaser, Skin Reactions, Flu Season

Here is an Aromatic Teaser from Bob and Rhiannon Harris, which appeared in Aromatherapy Today Vol 28 -12.03 and it is still relevant today: If an essential oil causes redness, pain or burning on the skin, this is a healing crisis and is a sign that toxins or viruses are leaving the body.

Holiday Season and Digestive Complaints

What does the holiday season have in common with Digestive Complaints? Well it is certainly a time filled with stress for many people, and it is a time when we tend to eat a lot more than usual including a lot of things that are not normally part of our everyday diet.

Essential Oils can help one to lose and maintain weight loss

I've just had a wonderful week away visiting with my family. Being with my grandchildren is always a blessing. My youngest granddaughter just turned 1 and it is an incredible privilege to be able to view the world again through her eyes.

West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy

I find it very interesting to notice how more and more people I know are practicing and teaching yoga. Over the last 10 years or so, it seems, at least to me, that the practice has exploded in my area. The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj", which means "to yoke" the spirit and physical body together.