My Favorite Essential Oil Books

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This is a list of books that I own and reference to a lot! If you know of any Essential Oils or Other good books please let me know in the comments! I'm a huge book worm and would love new material! If I find a new book that I love I will add it to the list, so keep checking back!




How To and Saftey

The Art of Aromatherapy - Robert B Tisserand
I love reading this book. It gives a ton of history on each oil. In general, I follow Robert Tisserand closely.



Essential Oils Safety - Robert Tisserand /Rodney Young
This is a text book style of book.



The Aromatherapy Bible - Gill Farrer-Halls
This was the first book I owned on aromatherapy when I was just a new massage therapist. It's great for beginners. It gives good information without getting too overwhelming. My favorite chapters are on aromatherapy and the chakras, and astrology.



The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils - Julia Lawless

I love this book when I'm working with an oil that I'm not super familiar with. It has all the info I need, this book is good for experience oil blenders as well as beginners.





Recipes

Essential Living  - Andrea Butje
This book is great for beginners that don't already blend there own oils. This was one of my first books that I used.



The Complete Book of Essential & Aromatherapy  - Valerie Ann Worwood
I love this book, when I'm stuck and can't come up with a blend this book has it!!










Massage Books

Accupressure's Potent Points - A Guide to Self - Care for Common Ailments  - Michael Reed Gach 
I use this book a lot in my practice, for issues like headaches, pregnancy, and for any kind of pain. I use a lot of points on myself. It's easier to find a point and hold it then it is to try and self massage. 

How to Use Essential Oils

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To use oils effectively and safely do your research. Know your oil and why your are using it. Don't use an oil because you saw it on a Pinterest post. Don't use an oil because you saw on this blog, until you do your own research from a trust reliable source. Just because it is natural doesn't mean its safe.

How to Store Your Oils
Store them in a cool dark, air tight glass container. Sunlight and heat speeds up oxidation of your oils, breaks them down faster. Do not store them in plastic containers.

How to Make a Blend
Chose your Carrier oil. Like with Essential oils, Carrier oils have properties and purposes too. Like coconut oils is a warming oil, so I don't want to use it on a sunburn, Aloe is a better carrier for that. Then comes the fun part choosing your essential oils. To make a well rounded aromatic blend, choose 3-5 oils. Also look for Base, Middle and a Top note. Then chose the size then the percent that you want to dilute and mix away. The easiest way I found to make blends is in the diffuser. All you need is the neat oils, no carriers. The plus to this is that if your love it, then you cant make a blend later with the carriers and use it on your skin. But if it is awful and you don't like the smell dump it out and start over. The oils are super expensive so I would hate to dump a full blend.

I use a simple formula to calulate my blends, this will give you a 2.5% dilution
# of ML divided by 2 = total drops of essential oils for the blend


There's 3 ways to use EO (Essential Oils) Topical, Inhalation, Ingestion.


Topical
Apply EO blend to desired area of the skin. EO should always be diluted when applied to skin.

Dosage or Dilution of oils.
For Childres dilute .05%-1%  so 6-8 drops EO if your 1oz container

The most common dilution is 2%-2.5% about 15 drops EO for 1oz container

For Fragrance and Therapeutic Aromatherapy 2.5%-5% 30 drops EO for 1oz container
(I do not recommend putting this on your skin! My skin will have a reaction to this percentage.)

Anything over the listed above I would do so under the supervision of a Medical Professional.

Carrier Oils
Carrier oils are what you a dilute the EO with. A few of my favorites are Coconut oil, Aloe Vera, and Grape seed oil.




Bath (inhalation and topical)

You can use Neat (undiluted) in your bath water but take caution. As everyone knows, oil and water don't mix, therefore the oil will bind to the fatty acid in your body and may mild to sever irritation. To dilute the EO for a bath use 1/8 to 1/4 oz of alcohol or whole milk in a glass container, add 12-60 drops of EO mix, then add to your running water.
Note: Remember EO is a fat, and fat binds to other fats.

Inhalation
This is my favorite application and what I use most often. Just inhale the smell of the EO. A few inhalant application are diffusers, steam, and spray.

Ingestion
This is the most controversial way of using EO. Essential Oils are regulated by the FDA so you can use it internally, but I would use extreme caution while doing it. I personally do not use them in this manner, so I have no advice on how to do so safely. But bellow is a great interview with Robert Tisserand on this subject. I also posted a link to his book below, its kind of a text book so its not easy reading, but its my go to if I have a question on oils. Here is a really good Interview with Robert Tisserand where he talks about this.

Some Cautions
Some oils cause photo-sensitivity or Photo-toxicity. If worn it will make you more sensitive to the UV light and can cause blistering and  sun burn from a small amount of sun exposure. Oils to look out for are: Orange, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot.

Another Caution is Sensitization. Sensitization is cause by using an oil continuously or for long term and you develop and allergic reaction to it. Using neat oils continuously will increase the chances of sensitization to happen. To avoid this mix up your blends. If you make your own face wash your should have 3 different with all different oils and rotate them.

Also if you like to take a free class from Aromahead Institute, the link is below as well.
Free Intro to Essential Oils.

Oh to My Foam Roller


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It's no secret I love my foam roller. I have touched on it in a previous post DIY Massage! 5 Ways You Can Massage Yourself. that foam rolling is a great way to self-massage. But honestly, it is my favorite form of self-massage. You can get almost a full body massage with it, and do it daily.


As a massage therapist, I have a strong opinion that regular massage is good for your health. It helps reduce stress, muscle injuries, scar tissue, increases flexibility, the list goes on and on. But as a busy mom, it's hard to take time for myself and go get a massage. So I foam roll.


I try to foam roll daily. Being a massage therapist is a pretty physical job. I am reaching with my arms out in front of me all day and that is horrible for my posture. So coming home after a long day and laying on the roller opening up my chest and shoulders feels amazing. I also get frequent headaches from holding my tension in my neck and shoulders. So massaging that out on the foam roller when needed has reduced my headaches.


There are several types of foam rollers, there are long, skinny, short, fat. All have different ways to use and different purposes, you could even do workouts with them.

I use one like this



The inner and outer pieces separate, so I can customize my roll. The inner roller is a little more spongy while the outer roll is firmer with little massagers to help get in deeper.

There are also longer ones too.




Same concept just longer.  This roller would be more comfortable for laying on and opening up your chest and shoulders or if you are not vertically challenged like me.

There are also these kinds





They tend to be a little bit more spongy so it's a softer roll. I'm a deep tissue kind of girl so I like the ones with the massagers better.