Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy

Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy Founded by NAHA-certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLarenSpecializing in all manner of EOs use education, with an interest in pregnancy and child care.
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07/02/2023

Herbal Ice for your July 4th holiday parties: add a little water to the bottom of your cube tray and freeze. Go to the garden and gather flowers/ petals of borage, rose, bee balm, lavender, mint, chamomile, anise, dianthus, fennel, viola or rosemary and place them artfully on the newly formed ice. Add more water, freeze, and repeat to insure that the flowers are fully encased in ice. Enjoy in your Summer drinks....from the garden to your lips -herbal ice, ice, baby!🥤
Happy Independence Day weekend, from The Heirloom Gardener - John Forti

02/04/2022

Celebrate love with savings!

08/18/2021

“A brand new excellent article on the 'appropriate use of essential oils and their components in the management of upper respiratory tract symptoms in patients with COVID-19' by Dr Marco Valussi, Michele Antonelli, David Donelli and Fabio Firenzuoli and just been published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine.”

06/19/2021

Making elderflower elixir *(remember that you have to leave flowers in order to get elderberries)

Unbiased, data-based information you can rely on.
05/14/2021

Unbiased, data-based information you can rely on.

These are among the most commonly used Eucalyptus oils in aromatherapy. E. radiata is sometimes said to be “gentler” than E. globulus. It does have a little less 1,8-cineole and has a pleasanter, softer odor, but the difference in terms of safety is almost negligible. Both oils are of course wonderful to use in respiratory infections.

Corymbia citriodora is the more correct name for E. citrodora, but that would not look so good in our infographic! I feel the potential of this oil is sometimes underestimated. As well as being a useful insect repellent, it is an effective remedy for fungal skin infections (pleasanter than Tea Tree, and works well with it – use at up to 5%), and is also one of the best oils for muscle pain.

Not very much is known about E. dives and piperitone, but we do know that it’s a relatively safe molecule. There are other commercially produced Eucalyptus oils, most of them rich in 1,8-cineole like E. globulus and E. radiata. But there are also species with a high content of molecules such as limonene, citral, geranyl acetate and cryptone.

https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/types-of-eucalyptus-uses-and-safety/

04/12/2021

Join Lauren Andrews RN, Clinical Aromatherapist of AroMed Aromatherapy of Vermont. AroMed is an essential oil company, specializing in organic and ethically...

FYI
03/31/2021

FYI

Olfactory training, also known as smell training, is currently the only known intervention to help with loss of smell (anosmia). The protocol was devised by Thomas Hummel of Dresden University Faculty of Medicine, and involves smelling four fragrant substances intentionally, for 10-30 seconds each, twice a day.

The odorants were selected based on Henning’s odor categories - a flowery odor (Rose or phenyl ethyl alcohol), a fruity odor (Lemon, Lemongrass or citronellal), an aromatic one (Clove or eugenol), and a resinous one (Eucalyptus, or 1,8-cineole).

Anosmia is most commonly caused either by trauma such as head injury, or viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

This prospective clinical controlled study of olfactory dysfunction in 119 people was divided into two groups based on the origin of their smell loss. There were 72 in the post-infectious group and 47 in the post-traumatic group. Each of these groups was then further divided into intervention and control groups.

The intervention groups were instructed to perform smell training with the four odorants (phenyl ethyl alcohol, 1,8-cineole, citronellal and eugenol) twice daily for five minutes. During those five minutes they would smell each odor for 10 seconds and then take a 10 second break before moving to the next one. They continued like this for 16 weeks total. ��Their olfactory function was assessed at baseline, and then at 8 and 16 weeks, using the Sniffin’ Sticks battery test.

At the end of the study period, 68% of the post-infectious intervention group reported improvement (compared to 33% in the control group), and 33% of the post-traumatic intervention group also increased their sense of smell acuity (compared to 13% in the respective control group). ��This case-controlled study is one of several that show the efficacy of smell training to improve sense of smell in patients with olfactory dysfunction.

Konstandinidis et al, 2013

https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.24390

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03/02/2021

Gorgeous!

Known for her serene underwater portraits of women, artist Barbara Cole has recently explored a different approach by capturing submerged flowers instead. Partly out of curiosity, partly due to not being...

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