Smell is the most advanced sense that babies have
The olfactory receptors within the nose contain
cells that allow for smell and send chemical messages to the brain. This
capability develops so rapidly that fetuses can smell prior to birth.
A newborn is attracted to the smell of breast milk
immediately from birth, illustrating the natural desire for a mother’s milk.
Just like adults, newborns turn toward enjoyable smells and away from
unpleasant ones. Familiar smells can sooth an infant, and a favorite blanket
that smells of breast milk or baby lotion, can be a welcome stress-reliever
during stressful times such as a vaccination.
Parents can help their children learn through their
senses of smell.
Differentiating and naming roses, clean laundry,
baby shampoo, and crayons is a fun way to help children categorize different
smells while simultaneously stimulating hearing, cognitive, and olfactory
Children are naturally curious about their world
and enjoy exploring their surroundings.
Because of their inquiring minds, children are
eager to know why things are the way they are and will ask many questions about
their immediate environment.
On nature walk children can be heard asking,
"I wonder what is under the rocks?" "What is that bird
eating?" "Does that flower smell?" and "Why are the ants
Childhood is the time to encourage and nurture
early interests in nature.
Smells don’t just have to come from blooming
Consider planting a non-slip creeper or herb on or
near a path so that, when you walk on the plant, it will release a beautiful
aroma – for example, thyme or mint.
clump too many aromatic plants in the one area, as the confusion of
different scents will be overwhelming. Space scented plants at intervals
around your garden.
plants that are pollinated by birds or insects rather than plants that
release their seeds into the air. This will help any children who suffer
from hay fever or asthma.
fresh mulches, wood shavings, grass clippings, etc. which may have new
Aromatherapy is safe for children, although there
are safety recommendations to follow (for both children and adults), and of
course the amounts of essential oil used for a child will be less than for an
Not all the oils available are suitable for
children. For example children with epilepsy should not come into contact with
stimulating oils. Always research the oil you are considering using thoroughly
before using and if still unsure, always ask advice.
Aromatherapy oils are used externally (on the
outside of the body) in a bath or massage (carrier) oil, or through inhalation
in a diffuser.
The effects of aromatherapy on your child will
generally fall into one of three main categories: helping in healing from minor
illnesses and accidents; supporting your child's overall sense of well-being;
or assisting your child in getting quality rest.
A simple and safe way of introducing your child to
aromatherapy is through traditional play-dough that have been enriched with the
correct amount of essential oils (aroma play-dough). The dough's come in a
bucket type tub together with shape cutters, in 5 different varieties; brainy
(focus), sleepy (relaxing), happy (uplifting), harmony (mood balancing) and
sneezy (helps relieve cold symptoms).
These are perfect for children three years of age
and over, giving you and your child all the benefits of a creative activity
together with the natural enhancements of aromatherapy.
However you choose to introduce your child to
aromatherapy, you will help your child to get closer to nature.
Aromatherapy can be of great benefit as it is a
wonderful way of supporting your child's health, happiness and well-being as
essential oils can be very therapeutic and nurturing to both your child and
If you and a group of friends are interested in
a class on how to introduce Aromatherapy to your children in a safe and fun
way, just click on CLASSES
carry with them a wave of memories and associations. Maybe a classic department
store perfume reminds you of your mother or the scent of a bar
soap reminds you of your best friend.
Essential oil perfume
opens up options for personal scents without scary ingredients. DIY perfumes are fun to make and give you the opportunity to explore different combination of scents.
Aromatic blending for the sheer
pleasure of the aroma is a combination of creativity and science. When using a blend
created primarily for its fragrance, therapeutic benefits can also occur. The
focus of the blend, however, is on the final aroma, not its therapeutic
Safety precautions should be
followed for any type of blending, including when creating perfumes. For
instance, you would still want to be extremely careful when using citrus oils
(lemon, bergamot, grapefruit etc.) because of their phototoxicity and
still avoid using hazardous oils.
perfumers that work for the famous fragrance houses study for years to master
the art and science of perfumery blending.
perfumer’s standard repertoire consists of essential oils but also of
synthesized chemicals that mimic the constituents (chemicals) of essential oils
and other natural ingredients.
Perfumers use synthesized chemicals and
chemicals extracted from essential oils because they are often cheaper than
using pure essential oils and because the chemicals are standardized and will
be more consistent in aroma.
Imagine if you could
wear a perfume that was non-toxic to the body and
actually could help you manage your stress level, or help you feel
The following are some of the basic notions you need to get familiar with before starting your perfume creating process, like the “notes” of
the essential oil blends that make up your perfume.
essential oils evaporate more quickly than others. As the oils in a blend
evaporate, the aroma will change to reflect the aroma of the remaining oils.
In most perfumes, you smell the quick-evaporating top notes first, followed a moment later by the
middle notes—the heart of the perfume. At the end,
you catch the base notes, which complement the top and
When selecting essential oils for your perfume, start with the base note, soften with
a middle note, and finish with a top note that makes a positive first
Types of Aromas
In addition, essential oils can be classified by aroma:
Floral (rose, geranium, lavender, jasmine)
Woodsy (cedar, pine)
Earthy (vetiver, patchouli)
Herbaceous (rosemary, basil)
Spicy (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg)
Citrus (orange, lemon)
· 5-ml essential roll on bottle
Top note essential oil
Middle note essential oil
Bottom note essential oil
1. Combine 10–15 drops
each of your selected oils in the empty bottle until your essential oil blend
2. Once you’re happy
with the blend, fill the rest of the bottle with V-6.
3. Put the roller
fitment and cap on.
5. Wrap label around
the bottle and apply transparent tape.
6. Roll on to your
neck, wrists, or anywhere you apply perfume.
This is a great set of four classes for beginners.
You will learn
about Aromatherapy history, safe use of essential oils, dilution guidelines and monographs of fifteen essential oils.
You will build a solid foundation for your continued use and study of essential oils.
Healing Aromas is offering an hands on learning opportunity for the novice person that wants to use essential oils without spending hundreds to
thousands of dollars in order to become a certified aromatherapist.
At healing Aromas we understand your need to get a solid background to use the oils in a safe manner and bring wellness to yourself and your family and have no interest in becoming a certified aromatherapist.
This course will allow you to be able to confidently make blends on your own without relying on the miseducation you often find on the internet.
You will learn to blend safely by using simple ingredients
and essential oils. Essential oils possess many antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties as well as being supportive of
many emotional concerns.
During the four classes you will learn about fifteen different essential oils that have a broad range of benefits to support health and overall wellbeing.
will also receive a manual with all the information covered during the course.
You will learn to create your own essential oil blends. Don’t forget they
make excellent gifts. So give the first gift to yourself and learn to maintain health in a more natural way.
A set of four classes (one hour each), including your manual is $ CAN 165.
If you have a friend, or a group interested in joining you for the classes you can split the cost, just add $CAN 15 per student.
The classes will be held at Healing Aromas, 91 Victoria Road N. (at the corner of Victoria and Cassino).
You might have read about Aromatherapy Consultations and wondered how they are performed.
An aromatherapy consultation is made up of several steps:
holistic aromatherapy assessment, assessment review, treatment design and orientation and follow up.
They can be conducted in person at Healing Aromas Studio in Guelph ON, over the phone or on Skype.
Understanding what to expect from your consultation can help you make the most of your appointment.
An aromatherapy assessment begins with the client filling out a detailed form covering the client’s holistic health history, conditions, reasons for seeking aromatherapy, application preferences, and other information. This information can be provided prior to the actual aromatherapy consultation with the aromatherapist.
Aromatherapy Holistic Assessment Review
During the review the client and aromatherapist review and clarify the information on the form. The review session lasts about 15 - 20 minutes and help the client and the therapist to asses the physical and emotional needs of the client.
Design of an Aromatherapy Treatment/Product and Orientation
Following the review, the aromatherapist creates a unique blend and product to address the client’s needs and/or intentions such as to relieve stress, eczema or aches and pains. Products can take the form of massage or bath oils, balms, creams, personal inhalers, diffusers, etc. Clients are asked about their application preferences, and, if appropriate for the condition or issues, the aromatherapist will design the product and treatment regime according to those preferences. An effective application needs to take into consideration the client’s preferences.
Blends and products are designed to take into account the client’s needs and unique characteristics (e.g., skin type, allergies and emotional reaction to the scents), his/her preferred method of application, the therapeutic attributes of both the essential oils and carriers (the latter also have significant healing properties) and the best method of delivery for the specific product and condition.
Each product is accompanied with a detailed description of the product and directions for use.
The aromatherapist follows up with the client for feedback on the treatment. Sometimes the treatment needs to be adjusted. In nearly all situations, more than one type of application will be appropriate, and essential oil and carrier blends can be altered and deliver an equally effective treatment. Depending on the condition and treatment regime, the aromatherapist will follow up within a couple of days to a week or ten days. Multiple follow ups are not uncommon.
The benefits of an Aromatherapy consultation and treatments affect the whole person, aiming to not only bring relief to physical conditions but to enhance wellness and balance.
When a method of healing persists through thousands of years and at least several dozen cultures over the world, you know you’ve found something that can be truly beneficial to your own health. Such is the case with aromatherapy.
Few approaches promise the gentle yet effective benefits that working with essential oils can deliver, and in such an enjoyable way.
Aromatherapy is far from mystifying, though many are daunted at the choices of oils available and their effects. There are so many options! And so many of them are pleasant to use. In fact, most of the oils used have an enjoyable smell for the majority of users, though that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using aromatherapy for healing.
What are essential oils?
They are the distilled and purified oil from specific plants and herbs. The oils typically in a home, such as coconut oil, olive oil, etc. are similar in nature, but essential oils are much stronger, and can even be so strong that they cause skin irritation and digestive problems if used incorrectly.
Essential oils are one of the safest options for use both at home and in the clinic. The general rule is not to add them to food or drink, or to not use them undiluted on skin or on sensitive areas, unless specifically directed to. The specific directions for each oil will be covered in this course, so that you can best use each oil for yourself, your clients, and your patients.
Many people think aromatherapy is too gentle to be effective, though that’s not the case.
While some oils can be relaxing, such as lavender. Others are powerful immune boosters that can help your body ward off even the most noxious of infections, such as oil of oregano and frankincense. Still others, like peppermint and ginger, can greatly improve digestion and mental alertness.
Hospitals are even taking notice of the benefits seen in patients when aromatherapy is used as an adjunct therapy. Between an improved patient outlook to faster recovery and overall more dramatic improvements in health, allowing patients to use essential oils in their healing journey has immeasurable benefits.
While the most obvious applications are for improving your own health and the health of those you care about, essential oils are useful for other applications too.
Summer is full of biting insects, and oils like lemongrass and citronella can help keep them away. Lemon and tea tree oil make perfect additions to homemade cleaner, they’re antibacterial without using industrial chemicals. (Plus they smell nice, so add the oil mix to some baking soda to sprinkle in sweaty sports bags!) Or, use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser in the bathroom as an air purifier for the moist environment.
Creativity is welcomed in the field of aromatherapy, since there are so many options with oils to use.
For example, if you enjoy peppermint patties, using peppermint oil in a homemade recipe is a perfect choice. You can make a face scrub with rose oil to improve complexion and reduce blemishes. Or, you could try a bit of rosemary oil in your conditioner for thicker, faster growing hair.
Is it starting to sound like aromatherapy offers a panacea of benefits? That’s certainly how I feel about it, having seen the great results in my own life and those I treat in my practice.
From improved physical health, to greater sharpness in thinking, from a broader spiritual practice, to improved emotional balance, I’ve seen essential oils effectively used in a broad range of conditions.
As a Certified Aromatherapist (through the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists), the online course I have recently created is my masterwork, and brings my vast knowledge and skill to your fingertips. I invite you to learn more on the course page, which you can find at :
“Healing Aromas” is more than just a course.
It’s a partnership, where you not only have information and references, but the ability to open up conversations, ask questions, and share the stories of successful therapies. I look forward to seeing you inside!