Thursday, April 24, 2008

Musings of the past week's events regarding animal aromatherapy.

I have just returned from beautiful British Columbia. Yes, it was a little cooler than usual for this time of year but the enthusiasm for aromatherapy and using essential oils for horses did not wane. There was a heavy snowfall the day of the first annual Canadian Association of Holistic Equine Therapists Symposium, but people came from far and wide to attend the lectures and trade show. Horse owners appreciated the aspect that all lectures were directed for the highest good of the animal. I was pleased to provide an introduction to animal aromatherapy. This was a new concept for many people, but the interest was keen.

Also, I spent a wonderful day at the British Columbia College of Equine Therapy teaching an introdution to aromatherapy for animals. The students were eager to learn about true essential oils and their application for horses. I am always amazed during the practical sessions when there is an opportunity to apply essential oils to two or three horses. They are so eager to heal and do love the essential oils. The horses relaxed completely after the essential oils were applied. Many of the common applications of essential oils found by the Equine Therapists are wound healing, muscle tension, calming and relaxing during times of stress, as well as several others too numerous to mention at this time.

One of my goals this week is to revamp the aromatherapy classes I provide through the Western Institute of Aromatherapy to make it easier for students and the lay person to learn the art of aromatherapy and the use of true essential oils. Stay posted.

Have an aromatic week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April 1, 2008 - Basic Essential Oil Kit

April fool's day and the beginning of a new month bring the promise of spring. The weather has been cold for this time of year and there is still lots of snow in many areas. Yesterday, we had snow flurries here. Having moved into a new development, I am anxious for the yard to dry up so the landscaping can be done.

Before we know it we will be contending with mosquitoes and other insects, and, scrapes, bruises, and sunburn. This is a perfect time to acquire a summer first aide kit of essential oils. The starter kit I have put together comes with some basic guidelines for using those essential oils. It contains essential oils of basil, eucalyptus globulus, lavender officinalis, lemongrass, peppermint, ravensara, tea tree, and wintergreen.

There are several essential oil blends that are easy to use for those who are just beginning to use true essential oils. I also have a workbook, including DVD, and samples of essential oils that is for home and personal use. This is based on the one day workshop that I have been teaching for many years. It has been popular for the lay person.

Rember to have an aromatic day and enjoy using true essential oils.

Carole Collins RMT, CPA, QBT, BMsc