Cinnamon: A Tasty and Aromatic Treat

The aroma and flavour of cinnamon is one of the world’s most popular, and just a pinch added to your daily diet has tremendous health benefits.  Research indicates that it may help to control diabetes, improve brain function, and aid in weight loss.

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When One Belgian Waffle isn’t Enough.  Paired with baked apple wedges and Canadian maple syrup and sprinkled with Sri Lankan Cinnamon. Oh what a Treat!

From an aromatherapeutic and olfactory perspective the scent of cinnamon elicits feelings of warmth and wellness, like peppermint and ginger, the scent of cinnamon may help to ease the discomforts of nausea.

Essential oils should never be consumed or taken internally.  In aromatherapy or in preference ‘aromachology‘ all essential oils must be well diluted in a natural medium such as coconut oil. Well diluted, means at or less than a four percent (4%) solution per volume within a chosen medium.

Even more care is required when using cinnamon or clove essential oils as both of these oils can cause skin irritation.  I do not recommend using cinnamon or clove in any all-over-body preparation.  However one or two (1 or 2) drops blended with other essential oils in a jojoba oil base adds a spicy grounding warmth to natural perfumes.

The aroma of cinnamon may even be a useful retail marketing tool when used in air diffusion.

People smelling warm fragrances such as cinnamon feel that the room they are in is more crowded, and feel less powerful as a result,” the authors write. “This can lead them to compensate by buying items they feel are more prestigious.

Natural perfume blends can be a little more concentrated at ten to fifteen (10-15%) than the four percent (4%) mentioned above.  However, they should only be applied three to five times per day (3 to 5 times per day) in tiny spot applications to body pulse points*, and only after conducting a skin test on the inside of the arm); *temples, inside of wrists, behind the ears, behind the knees and cleavage. 

For a yummy warm wintery natural perfume, in a 10 ml empty bottle try a ten percent (10%) solution mixed with Jojoba Oil – which would equate to the following:

2 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil
2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
6 drops of vetiver essential oil
+ 9 mls of Jojoba Oil

Note:  Aromatherapy, like any other natural therapy, is intended to complement not replace traditional medicine.  When in doubt about any medical condition, always seek medical advice.   See legal

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Aroma Art: I need your nose

Aroma is akin to art, with the ability to create a mood or change emotionality.

When describing to how to blend essential oils together I often relate it to the way that an artist blends together primary colours to achieve various hues. Artists often choose to work with a signature scheme of colours and with various mediums in order to objectively convey their subjective experiences and emotions.

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When folks ask me what are my favourite essential oils are, I reply – oh I have many, it just depends on my mood or what mood I am hoping to achieve.  That being said, the way in which another person may interpret an aromatic concoction could be totally different from what I set out to create. It is the individual’s subjective interpretation of scent that I find fascinating, so when I create Aroma Art I literally need your nose as well!

The best way to appreciate essential oils is to understand that despite the fact that they are individualistic by nature they are actually very complex compositions. There are several theories that govern the use of essential oils and how they work synergistically with one another. In the practice of aromatherapy, essential oils are blended with a therapeutic intention. Whereas from a natural perfume perspective essential oils are blended based on a person’s personal taste and how they may affect an individual from a psychological perspective.

Note:  Aromatherapy, like any other natural therapy, is intended to complement not replace traditional medicine.  When in doubt about any medical condition, always seek medical advice.   See legal

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Artificial Ingredients: The Yuck Factor

…the health effects of synthetic fragrance may be more than skin deep. When we breathe in an odor, the lungs and the skin take in the molecules carrying the scent. From these two major absorption pathways, those molecules can enter the bloodstream and find their way to other parts of the body, where they may pose harm. “Studies are showing that some key ingredients in fragrance mixes have harmful effects — on lab animals, and also on humans,” says Sutton. Some synthetic fragrance ingredients may exacerbate asthma, for instance, while others can cause a range of problems in the immune, reproductive, and central nervous systems.

Martha Stewart’s WholeLiving Blog is a valuable resource for replacing your artificial fragrances.

I just love smells, florals, sweet, tropical, fruity, earthy – bring em on!

But personally – when it comes to scenting my body and scenting my personal space I prefer to use essential oils and natural aromatics.

That being said it can get pretty darn expensive you if love the scent of Jasmine, Rose, Neroli or Linden Blossom, save those precious oils for your natural body perfumes or roll-on blends.

There are plenty of aromatics that are affordable and natural when it comes to scenting your environment, and just a few drops of essential oils will do!

NaturalYesFirst and foremost it is imperative to know the difference between pure essential oils and synthetic fragrance oils. Other posts include:
What is an essential oil?
Aromatherapy: Essential oil Safety.
If you are scenting your home in order to eliminate food and cooking odours, simply simmer a few cinnamon sticks and some orange peels in a pot of water for 30 minutes after cooking.

Better yet you can diffuse cinnamon and orange essential oil in a ceramic candle diffuser.  Just fill the dish with water and add 6 – 8 drops of Orange Essential Oil and 2 -3 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and light the tea candle below. (Note cinnamon essential oil and other spice oils should only be used for air diffusion and not used to scent body care products as they may causes skin sensitivity).

That being said if you like spicy notes such as cinnamon, clove and ginger they can be combined with other essential oils in minute quantities, but it is always advisable to consult with a professional aromatherapist or natural perfumist for advice on the proportions.

Cool mist or ultrasonic diffusers are fabulous – not only do they provide humidity to the air, but you have the option of diffusing whatever essential oils or synergistic combinations that you love.

Oh sure those scented wax pellets smell fab – albeit synthetic, but why they are coloured synthetic dyes is beyond me?

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Fragrance – is it natural or synthetic: Lilac

lilacQ. Is there such a thing as Lilac Essential Oil?
A. Unfortunately no, the blooms do not yield enough of the aromatic oil, and if one were able to capture enough, (via distillation or Co2 extraction) the cost would equate to approximately $1000 per ounce, therefore any product on the market that smells of Lilac is probably synthetically scented.

That being said you can capture the fragrance naturally, through a process called Enfleurage, where fragrant petals or blossoms are saturated in a natural oil or fat.

DIY your own Lilac Perfume Oil – Visit Pure Green Magazine

Note:  Aromatherapy, like any other natural therapy, is intended to complement not replace traditional medicine.  When in doubt about any medical condition, always seek medical advice.   See legal

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The Apothecary: Natural Perfumes

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At Bespoke Aromatics we create two styles of natural perfumes.  Your Potion can be made either:
1) as an oily perfume (in a base of Jojoba oil) or
2) or as a concentrated spray perfume or cologne (in a base of perfumer’s alcohol).

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Every few weeks we prepare small batches of the resins and absolutes that we use in our natural perfumes.  Due to their viscosity, we dilute them in a perfumer’s alcohol.

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Once the thick absolutes and/or resins are thinned, we filter the solutions through a paper coffee filter in order to remove the excess undissolvable particles.  Now the solutions can easily be blended with other essential oils or with exquisite absolutes such as Rose, Jasmine, Linden Blossom or Champaka.

Note:  Aromatherapy, like any other natural therapy, is intended to complement not replace traditional medicine.  When in doubt about any medical condition, always seek medical advice.   See legal

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