Become a blending SuperStar!

Here’s how:

Go to the Continuing Education with the Upper Grand District School Board and register.

Click here to register and use course code PR-4325

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What is the ‘Build-a-Blend’ process?
I take you step-by-step through the wonderful world of aromatherapy
• Read and discern the label
• Safety issues for different age groups and health conditions
• What are appropriate bases to blend your essential oils in
• Blend confidently; learn the math to figure out how many drops to add to a given base
• Keep track of your fantabulous recipes!

‘Herbal Trio’• November 19th

In my Herbal Trio Workshop (which refers to lavender, peppermint and rosemary),
I will teach you:
• How to make a sleep blend
• How to make a sore muscle blend
• How to make a stress headache blend
Here’s what’s in your workshop kit:

• 1 bottle of lavender essential oil
• 1 bottle of peppermint essential oil
• 1 bottle of rosemary essential oil
• 2 roll-on bottles
• 1 bottle of carrier oil to create roll-ons
• 2 amber bottles to create DIY diffuser blends
• Safety literature and profiles for each essential oil covered in the class

• LJ Turtle ‘Build-a-Blend’ worksheets

You take all of the above home with you along with your custom-made roll-ons and your custom diffuser blends.  The extra bottles are for you to practice at home.

Click here to register and use course code PR-4325

To dowload the catalogue and read more on page 18: https://www.ugdsb.ca/continuing-education/course-guides/

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

 

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