Lavender: is it the be-all and end-all & what on earth is linalool?

Every day folks come into my little Aroma Apothecary questioning.
Do you have any Lavender essential oil?  I have heard that lavender is good for just about everything from; insomnia, anxiety, depression, anger, heart palpitations, hormone balancing, headaches, restless legs, sore muscles.

Then they ask . . . is this true? … because I would love to get off my medication and use something more natural.

I proceed to say – well it’s complicated!

The common factor with all of the above symptoms is that we all suffer from them, why because:
– we don’t get enough sleep,
– we are over-exposed to a plethora of synthetic chemicals,
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we work too hard,
– we abuse our bodies,
– we don’t eat well,
– we consume too much sugar
– we have a lot of stress in our lives,
– our lives are frantic,
– politics and bureaucracy make us angry,
– life is expensive,
– we live with grief,
– we live with mental health issues,
– we are a living organism that is susceptible to disease, due to genetics and the environment, and
– as much as we don’t want to hear – we get old and the vehicle breaks down.

First and foremost, don’t stop taking your medication that was prescribed by your doctor if you have a serious medical condition.

Secondly there are many natural wellness modalities that we can incorporate into our lives in order to maintain our wellbeing.

Yes Lavender is known to elicit a calming effect on the central nervous system because it smells lovely and looks beautiful. The psychological calm that it produces when we smell lavender is the result of primarily one chemical constituent that occurs in lavender and it is called linalool.  However linalool also occurs in nearly 200 different aromatic plants.  When our olfactory bulb detects linalool it immediately produces an . . . ah effect, however smell is very subjective and some people simply do not like the smell of lavender.

In actuality, any aroma that you love, can have a calming affect when you pair it with relaxing breathing techniques, so you don’t have to always default to lavender.

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In fact, the mere act of taking a deep breath and exhaling slowly will cause your shoulders to relax, the corners of your mouth turn up and eyes soften.  Olfactory research indicates that any pleasant fragrance can produce an immediate change in physiological parameters such as blood pressure, muscle tension, pupil dilation, skin temperature, pulse rate and brain activity.

Each of these aromas are lovely on their own, but a couple of them are quite tenacious and are more suited to being blended with other essential oils that dampen down  their aromatic sharpness.

I personally do not recommend using all of the linalool rich oils together at the same time. Because if you put all of your good eggs in one basket then you have nothing to work with when you develop a tolerance to your concoction.  I am always happy to explain further how to blend your oils, so drop into the Apothecary for a whiff.

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

TinyFlowerSandra Topper, #dropinforawhiff
Canadian Professional Aromatherapist & Aromachologist
www.primaessence.ca

Ancient Opus

“The combination of simultaneously blending aromatic notes to produce an accord thus having a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.”

“The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords having a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.”

Opus, an artistic composition.

The Art of perfume making and building harmony into an accord not only requires a good nose but having an understanding of the descriptors of scent by note classification.

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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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Tulips

When I peer through the lens of my camera and frame the magical design and beauty of the universe – in that moment, I become transcended from what other state of mind I once was.

The giving of tulips represent a-time-of-new. Conveying encouragement, true love and everlasting passion.

Sweet kisses upon the cheek of newborn babes,
cherish the moment, full of grace.
Tulips meet with passion deep,
hearts may wilt, but true love never fades.

By SGTopper, 2016

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TinyFlower

Namaste

In the Apothecary: Everyday is a Good Day

Twenty two years ago I owned a couple of stores that featured aromatherapy and essential oils, my retail business ended up spawning into a wholesale distributorship, supplying hundreds of locations across North America.  It was a crazy busy time; raising kids, managing stores, operating the warehouse, staffing etc., and phones were ringing off the hook.  Eventually I closed the stores, the kids grew up and I sold the distribution company, but I didn’t sell my nose, or lose my desire to create aromatic concoctions.

Despite the fact that I swore up and down that I would never get back into the aroma industry again, I guess when you know something so well, and love it so much – it’s essentially a calling – right?

My passion for scent goes beyond the norm, and what I love about being an aroma bar tender is the ability to connect with people and whip up fragrant concoctions for their discerning noses.  In essence, it is a form of art – and I love to share it.

Below is pictorial time line in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge ‘Today was a Good Day’.  Everyday is better than Good, it’s Great when you can do what you love to do!

April 9, 2015 was a Good Day – it was the day that I opened my Fragrant Gallery.

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I envisioned a space filled with lovely aromatics paired with original art and other unique handcrafted goods.  Welcome to my Fragrant Gallery.

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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

TinyFlowerVisit us – we’ll turn your nose on
#LiveLoveSmell