Become a blending superstar

UPDATE:

To register for this workshop, please call: 519-836-7280

Or register by walk-in: Go to 1428 Gordon St., Guelph, ON.

Confused by all the information out there about essential oils? Do you wonder if you are using them both effectively & safely?

Ever wonder if you are adding the correct number of drops to your roll-on blend?

Do you become overhwelmed when reading labels – trying to figure out ‘what’s in the bottle?’

You want to use essential oils at home, both for yourself and your loved ones, but are not sure how to do this safely?

understand and I can help.  

My workshops take you step-by-step through the wonderful world of aromatherapy starting with understanding how to read a label.  We discuss the various safety issues around using these potent oils and what are recommended best practices for different age groups and health conditions.

For the Love of Lavender! Aromatherapy Workshop

Lavender is a distinctive and recognizable plant and its scent profile as an essential oil is also widely appreciated and recognized. But did you know that lavender grows in different countries?  As a plant, lavender relies on nature for its growth & survival. Lavender grown, harvested and distilled in France will have a very different scent-profile than one from Ontario, for example. 

Here’s how to register:

Go to the Continuing Education with the Upper Grand District School Board and register.
Click here to register and use course code PR-4324

For The Love Of Lavender September 2018

In this 2-hour workshop we will ‘sniff test’ four different lavender essential oils (countries of origin include France, South Africa, and Ontario) and discuss the safety use profile of lavender essential oil in general. You will also be introduced to a gentle yet powerful aromatherapy tool – the hydrosol.  You will receive hands-on blending training and create a customized blend safe for topical use.

Here’s what is in your workshop kit:
• 1 bottle of lavender essential oil
• 1 bottle of lavender hydrosol
• 1 DIY kit to make a custom roll-on
• Profile & safety literature

You take all of the above home with you along with a custom-made lavender roll-on!

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Upcoming Workshops

***Click to read course description for Cold & Flu Workshop

***Click to read course description for Herbal Trio Workshop

Phototoxic Essential Oils

Those with a formal education in the safe use of essential oils are knowledgeable about the ‘phototoxicity‘ of some essential oils, especially those in the Rutaceae plant family.

safety protocols citrus eos May 2018
Phototoxic Essential Oils • (c) LJ Turtle Aromatherapy

With the warmer weather and as we are spending more time outside, check to see which essential oils are in your skincare products.  Tisserand & Young (2014, Essential Oil Safety, second edition) and the relevant scientific literature discuss these 5 essential oils.  Check your skincare product ingredient lists for these essential oils:

Bergamot
• Grapefruit
Lemon (expressed) 
Lime
Bitter Orange

Tisserand & Young’s safety protocols refer to expressed fruit peels and not distilled (lime can now be found distilled) or rectified (you can find bergaptene-free bergamot).  These safety guidelines also apply to anyone using a tanning bed. Avoid the sun and tanning beds for 12 hours after application of phototoxic essential oils over the recommended safe concentration level.

Maximum dermal use level to avoid phototoxic reactivity (Tisserand & Young, 2014):
• Grapefruit: blend at 4% or less
• Lemon: blend at 2% or less
• Lime: blend at 0.7% or less
• Bitter Orange: blend at 1.25% or less
• Bergamot: blend at 0.5% or less (Butje’s recommendation only)

According to Andrea Butje, sweet orange, tangerine, and green mandarin are not phototoxic.      Butje goes on to provide blending concentration levels that according to her, are safe to use.  But you need to do your research and know how to blend by calculating concentration levels.

The general safety guideline is avoid sunlight and tanning beds for a minimum of 12 hours after topical application of phototoxic essential oils (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy).  Personally, to stay absolutely safe, I avoid using these essential oils in my skincare products during the summer and am cautious during the colder months.

Happy blending.

Get educated. Get certified.

 

 

 

Friends don’t let friends ingest essential oils

Safety first, last, and always.  An essential oil is many times more potent than the plant from which it was derived.

Unless you have an advanced degree in chemistry, are a medical doctor with the appropriate training or are a practitioner of medical aromatherapy, please, please, do not ingest essential oils.

Rather, drink a cup of peppermint tea as it contains a minute amount of the essential oil (I repeat, minute).  Make sure you put a ‘lid’ on it (your tea cup that is), so you do not lose the volatile oils (aka essential oils) in the steam.

Or try squeezing a fresh lemon into your glass of water and enjoy.

Not only will you be ensuring the safe and appropriate use of essential oils for yourself and your loved ones, your supply of essential oils will last much longer and you will be displaying the appropriate respect for these precious natural resources.

Get educated. Get certified.

Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists 

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Alliance of International Aromatherapists

 

Bug Off! • Aroma•Education Workshop

Bugs buggin’ you?  Worried about toxicity levels in synthetic bug sprays? Find out how essential oils can help.

I am now accepting students for this 2-hour workshop that covers safety use profiles and hands-on blending training.

BugOffPoster
Aromatherapy Workshop • Guelph

This workshop covers safety use profiles for four essential oils known for their anti-bug properties. You will learn how to ‘build-a-blend’ and create an all-natural, aromatherapeutic spray that is safe for use on the skin.

Your Workshop Kit Includes: a 5 ml bottle of each essential oil covered in this class (four) and a 100 ml bottle of my proprietary water-based spray (you will add your customized essential oil blend to a pre-blended base).  You will also receive an empty 5 ml amber bottle for creating an undiluted blend suitable for diffusing.

You will go home with a customized blend for diffusing and one safe for topical use; and enough ingredients and bottles to practice your new skills and knowledge at home.  You will also go home with LJ Turtle ‘Build-a-Blend’ worksheets and educational & safety literature about each essential oil covered in this class.  Safety first & always.

The value of the workshop kit on its own is $58.25 + HST.  For less than the cost of the kit, you get the full attention of a Certified Aromatologist Professional with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.  Feel confident learning from someone with academic credentials.

Investment: $48.75 + HST • Includes your Workshop Kit (valued at $58.25 + HST)

Eventbrite - Bug off! Aromatherapy Education Workshop

 

You may also email to register: ljturtlearomatherapy at gmail.com

I also offer this class as a private workshop.  You and 3-5 of your friends choose the day and time and get me all to yourselves! 

Email ljturtlearomatherapy at gmail.com for details.

Sleep & Aromatherapy Part 3

Dream•Weaver: Sleep Aid

Whether your challenges are falling asleep or staying asleep through the night, DreamWeaver may help. It is a carefully researched & developed blend of seven essential oils known to help with sleep, including Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Canadian Balsam Fir.

$21 … 6 ml ••• $53 … 18 ml

We offer it as an undiluted blend, which means it is suitable for diffusion.  Try Hubmar’s Classic Ultrasonic Nebulizer  – read the manufacturer’s instructions before diffusing.  And Hubmar’s ScentBall Plug in Aromatherapy Room Diffuser; this one plugs into the wall.

As an undiluted blend, this also means it is at a 100% concentration level and should never be applied undiluted directly to the skin (despite what some Independent Distributors with an MLM recommend).  In order to apply to the skin (or in a bath) you will need to blend DreamWeaver in a base (think carrier oil, distilled water, hydrosol or bath salts).  You may add to an unscented lotion you already have on hand.  Patch-test before use.

My rule-of-thumb in terms of safe use on skin is one drop of DreamWeaver to 5 ml (or 1 tsp) of base .  This is the equivalent of a 1% concentration level.

For children, use 1 drop of DreamWaver to 15 ml of base (or 1 tbsp).

If you are pregnant or suffering from any health condition, please consult your health-care provider before using DreamWeaver or any essential oils.

Take-aways

• Sleep hygiene is integral to on-going quality sleep.

• Aromatherapy can assist as a sleep aid.  Educate yourself in the different ways aromatherapy can help.

For more information about the field of aromatherapy, check out: Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy – cfacanada.com

Please read Part 1 and Part 2 of my Sleep & Aromatherapy articles.

Disclaimer:

This information is for education purposes only & in no way is meant to serve as medical or professional advice.  We are not responsible for any products made in use of these oils or the outcome of any application thereof. As always, we recommend testing all blends. 

Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from nature. With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The information on ljturtle.com is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care.  The above is the author’s opinion. 

Sleep & Aromatherapy Part 2

Sleep Hygiene Solutions

Trouble sleeping?

When our difficulties with sleep are on-going, this usually points to the need for lifestyle changes.  Adjustments early in the day can have a great effect later that evening when you are trying to relax and get to sleep.  You probably already know about these suggestions,  but for whatever reason, you are not currently implementing them in your sleep hygiene routine (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog : )

• Caffeine is considered a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system; and we drink it because we want that ‘kick’ of alertness. Caffeine works very hard to keep you alert (i.e. awake). Ask yourself: How much caffeine is in this cuppa [you fill in the blank here]. How many of these am I drinking in a day?  And how late in the day am I having my last cuppa?  How long does it take for the drug caffeine to work its way out of my nervous system? (You may need to do some research to answer this last question, but it may well be worth it).

• Meditation & Yoga are each mindfulness modalities that help you focus on your breathing and be present in the moment rather than allowing the mind to engage in racing thoughts or the body in multitasking.  These are calming practices that help bring the nervous system back into balance.

• All things electronic also stimulate your nervous system and contribute to keeping you ‘awake’ (e.g. TV; smart phone; computer)

• Stop eating within 3 hours of sleeping; How are you going to sleep well if your digestive system is still hard at work?

• Read The Mayo Clinic’s article: 5 Ways to Sleep More Soundly

• Read The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s: In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

Sleep & Holistic Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the perfect modality to pair with your sleep hygiene efforts.  Essential oils generally fall into three broad categories of effects: Sedating • Balancing • Stimulating.  There are many essential oils that are considered ‘sedating’ (think lavender) and ‘balancing’ (think geranium).  If you are going to DIY a sleep blend, please use a reliable aromatherapy encyclopedia/reference such as ‘The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness’, by Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantle to determine which may help you with sleep. Alternatively, work with a certified aromatherapist.  In Canada, to find a certified aromatherapist, go to the cfacanada.com website.  In the US, go to the naha.org website.

Do your research in order to determine which essential oils are safe to use with a particular type of person (e.g. child, senior, someone with a specific health issue, someone who is pregnant, etc.).  And then blend at the lowest and safest concentration levels. Clearly label your bottles.

Write down your recipe so you can refer to it when it is time to blend a new batch.

Happy blending!

Click here for more information on our Aroma•Education Workshops.

Please read Part 1 and Part 3 of my Sleep & Aromatherapy articles.

Lavender Hydrosol • $12 … 60 ml ••• $20 … 118 ml

Disclaimer:

This information is for education purposes only & in no way is meant to serve as medical or professional advice.  We are not responsible for any products made in use of these oils or the outcome of any application thereof. As always, we recommend testing all blends. 

Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from nature. With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The information on ljturtle.com is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care.  The above is the author’s opinion. 

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