We love Vetiver Essential Oil’s deep, smoky fragrance as a base note in perfumes. Check out Brian Lawrence’s excellent post on Vetiver’s chemical constituents for more information about this wonderful essential oil.
There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
SunRose’s web developer, Kim Baron, tells us that she drove her wedding floral arranger crazy with her constant insistence that rosemary be included in the bridal bouquet, citing the above line from Hamlet as her reason. It turns out Kim may have been on to something. A post for New Zealand Listener in July describes research finding that essential oil of rosemary may help memory by enhancing “prospective memory.” Prospective memory helps us remember a future activity we need to accomplish, such as make a stop at the store on the way home or pick up the dry cleaning.
A recent experiment found that people aged 65 or older had significantly higher prospective memory scores after spending time in a room in which four drops of rosemary essential oil had been diffused than those who spent time in a non-scented room.
(The researcher) credits some of that effect to eucalyptol, a compound found in rosemary that increases the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter associated with memory. In earlier experiments, he found that people who had been exposed to rosemary essential oil had significantly higher levels of eucalyptol in their blood than those who had not.
The researcher goes on to say:
And although it might eventually be possible to identify exactly which of those ingredients is needed to get a beneficial effect, Moss doubts they could ever be commercially reproduced in a laboratory. “The combinations you find in nature are so complex it would probably not be possible to get an exact match.”
We have several different rosemary essential oils at SunRose:
All three of our rosemarys are organic and, like all of our oils, never adulterated. Give them a try in your aromatherapy blends to enhance memory.
Who among us hasn’t turned to Dr. Google in our time of need? Dr. Google can be a great resource to prepare for an appointment with an actual doctor. We should all be strong advocates for our own health, so having the tools at our fingertips to research symptoms, treatment options, etc. is a wonderful thing. However, Dr. Google should never be a substitute for consulting with a medical professional. When it comes to using essential oils safely, we need to do more than just follow random advice we find through an online search.
In a post for life holistically, Leslie Moldenauer (CHNC, HHP, Cert. Aroma) warns us of the dangers of taking advice from Dr. Google about aromatherapy:
With the accessibility of information on the Internet, should we go to the doctor, whether it is an allopathic or complementary practitioner? When speaking to aromatherapy, people search the Internet, Facebook or Pinterest, asking for an oil or oil blend that will help their health concern. Many times, the method of application and safety is not covered, so in cases of someone searching for information with limited knowledge of the topic, it can be a precarious situation. The recommendations given online come from a place of wanting to help others, but many times, they miss the mark.
This post of a great resource for learning ways to use aromatherapy safely and responsibly. We highly recommend giving it a thorough read. Aromatherapy can be a safe and healthy way to improve daily life, but learning to use essential oils safely is the number one priority.
Gail Faith Edwards invited me to give an aromatherapy workshop on Essential Oils at her Herbal Retreat here in Maine on Monday, June 27th, 2016. There were 25 attendees and my hour long workshop turned into 2 1/2 hours of questions and answers!
We gave out handouts with dilution charts and a booklet from AIA with a wonderful overview of essential oils and samples of carrier oils and 30 essential oils for them to experience. For attendees who showed a strong level of interest in essential oils, we passed around a few of my treasured books for them to look through.
Among the topics covered, we we focused strongly on safety and discussed:
- Safety first always
- The mantra ‘Do NO harm’
- Less is more
- Do not use essential oils undiluted on the skin
- Please do not ingest
They were very receptive and had really great questions for me to answer. It was an honor to be able to give my workshop to this group and I am thankful to Gail for the invite.
If you’d like to know more about Gail and her work, we recommend her book Herbal Pharmacy: The Art of Herbal Medicine Making, which is available on her website.