Aromatherapy FAQs

What is Aromatherapy?     *     How can I use Aromatherapy?     *     Lauren’s personal guarantee

How do I use Airmid Botanicals blends?    *     How do I use a diffuser?   *    Is all Aromatherapy safe for everyone?

Aromatherapy and children     *       Aromatherapy and pregnancy   *   How can I book a consultation?

What type of payment/currency do you accept?   *    Do you offer gift certificates?      *      Disclaimer

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. It’s a practice that has been going on for thousands of years and is documented by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, and used in ancient times, Medieval times and straight into the modern age. Much of what we call modern pharmaceuticals are chemical imitations of the original plant compositions – recreating their healing properties for mass distribution. While much study has been done on the chemical properties and effects of plants and their extracts – their ability to bring emotional and energetic healing is still relatively mysterious and continues to be an exciting area of research and illumination. We don’t always know why/how essential oils can heal emotions, beautify the physical body and bring peace and wisdom – but like the ancients – we know that they do!
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How can I use Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy can be used in many simple effective ways. You can diffuse essential oils and blends in a room to promote a peaceful and healthy atmosphere; apply certain oils to your body to improve skin tone and treat scars and acne; massage certain oils into the body to absorb their specific healing properties; use certain oils in your first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, abrasions and prevent infection; add oils to your baths and bath products to benefit from their emotional healing; use certain essential oils instead of toxic chemicals when cleaning your house…. The possibilities are endless and as creative as you can imagine!

Aromatherapy can be used in very direct ways to treat cuts, burns or disinfect our bodies and environment. It can also be used in more subtle ways to support us in every aspect of our emotional health – from wanting to feel more positive and creative in our lives, to assisting us in overcoming addiction, to connecting with our inner child to exploring our sensual side and improving relationship with self and those around us.

***Please be aware that you should never apply essential oils directly out of a bottle onto your skin! Always dilute the oils in a ratio of 1-3 drops per teaspoon for adults, and half that amount for children over the age of five. For infants please scroll down to read specific information on how to use essential oils.
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Lauren’s Personal Guarantee
Lauren personally formulates and mixes all products and blends sold by Airmid Botanicals. She herself tries, tests and uses all of her blends on herself before selling/recommending any of her products to clients and friends. Lauren would never sell or recommend a blend that she did not personally use and believe in.
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How do I use Airmid Botanicals blends?
The blends made by Airmid Botanicals are formulated to be easy to use with a wide application. Airmid Botanicals blends are always pre-diluted for your safety. Below is a list of suggested uses.

How do I use a diffuser? What is it?

  • You can diffuse the oils in a diffuser or oil burner. They can be purchased in many varieties including as candle burners or electric burners. Simply add a tablespoon or two of water to the well and add 2-4 drops of the oil or blend of your choice and burn (either with candle or electricity if you are using an electric diffuser) for 20-30 minutes.

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  • There are also many vaporizer/humidifier versions on the market today. These will convert the water/oil combination to steam and release the vapor into the air.

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  • Add 7-10 drops of an oil or blend per 15mls of unscented massage oil, lotion or hand cream and apply to the body for massage or personal care. This could also be done with unscented hand soap, shampoo, shower gel or bath salts/scrubs.
  • Run a hot bath and add 5 drops to your bath to enjoy deeply relaxing and personal time.
  • Apply blends (already diluted in a carrier oil) directly to your skin/pulse points (always test patch on a small area first). Airmid Botanicals blends are always pre-diluted for your safety.
  • Add 2 drops to a cloth and tuck between your pillowcase to enjoy as you rest.
  • Add 10-15 drops to a mister and spray in your room or on your linens to refresh them
  • Have a custom consultation with Lauren to determine which oils and application would best suit your needs!

Is all Aromatherapy safe for everyone?
No, there are certain medical and health conditions that certain essential oils can have unwanted interactions with. People with hay-fever, allergies, epilepsy, kidney or liver disease, women who are pregnant or nursing and children under age 2 should be especially cautious when using any essential oils or blends.

Sensitive Skin and irritations
The following oils may cause reactions to people with sensitive skin even when diluted (3 drops per teaspoon) a test patch should always be done on a small area of skin first – to determine if any sensitivity occurs. If it does – wash thoroughly with soap and water to remove.

Camphor, Clove, Black Pepper, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Citronella, Cinnamon (bark or leaf), Peppermint, Sage, Thyme, Bay Laurel, Spearmint, Benzoin, Rosemary.

**When taking baths – it’s best to avoid the oils in this list and to limit the amount of essential oils you add to a bath to maximum of 5 drops.

Phototoxicity 

Also please remember that citrus essential oils are photo-toxic. This means that if you put them on your skin and then go under direct sunlight or a sun bed – your skin can blister and burn.

Orange, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Grapefruit – and any other oils in the citrus family.

**The following essential oils should never be used:

Wintergreen, Yarrow, Wormwood or Wormseed, Tansy, Tagetes, Birch, Horseradish, Mustard, Rue, Boldo, Mugwort, Calamus, Thuja, Sassafras

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Disclaimer
Airmid Botanicals recommends that people consult with their health care practitioner before using essential oils. Lauren is not a medical professional and the blends and products of Airmid Botanicals are not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any type of illness of any kind nor prescribe in any way.
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Aromatherapy and Children
Most essential oils smell wonderful and many essential oils such as citrus oils can smell like they would be delicious to drink and tempting to children. Keep your essential oils away from children. I don’t recommend keeping bottles of essential oils in the house that don’t have a dropper top as it is just too easy for a child to drink the entire bottle. If this happens – you must contact poison control immediately to determine any potential risks.

*** Please don’t ever use oils such as any type of mint, camphor or eucalyptus on or near your baby’s nose or mouth – as it can be dangerous to their breathing and delicate mucous membranes.***

Infants 0-6 months: The key here is very small quantities and only a couple of essential oils. Tea tree, Chamomile Roman and Lavender are generally considered safe for babies. 1 drop of each diluted in 2 tablespoons or 10mls of a light carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed.

6-12 months: The same rules as above apply, but you could also add Rose and Neroli to your list. 1 drop per 2 tablespoons or 10ml. These can be used for gentle massage to help your baby relax or added to a bath (again, small amount. 1-2 drops per bath). Please make sure you disperse the oils in the water before you put your baby in.

1-5 years: Same as above, but you may increase drops up to 3 per 2 tablespoons or 10ml. Please also see the list of oils to be careful about in general.

5 years and up: generally the same as adults, but with half the dosage. Please also see the list of oils to be careful about in general.
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Aromatherapy and Pregnancy
Aromatherapy can be a wonderful benefit during pregnancy and help to relax and minimize some of the discomfort and aches. However, the following essential oils should be avoided for women who are pregnant or nursing:

Almond – bitter
Aniseed
Angelica
Basil
Birch
Black Pepper
Boldo leaf
Buchu
Clamus
Camphor
Cassia
Chamomile
Cinnamon
Clary Sage
Clove
Elecampane
Fennel
Fir
Ginger
Horseraddish
Hyssop
Jaborandi leaf
Jasmine
Juniper
Lemon
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Melissa
Mugwort
Mustard
Myrrh
Nightshade
Nutmeg
Oregano
Pine
Rose
Roseary
Rue
Sage
Savin
Savory
Southernwood
Stinging nettle
Tansy
Thuja
Thyme (red and linalol)
Wintergreen
Wormseed
Wormwood
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How can I book a consultation?
By going to our consultations page! There you can read about the different types of consultations offered and find links to order a consultation. Once confirmation of payment has been received, I will contact you via email within 24 hours to schedule our consultation – so be sure to include the email address you would like to be contacted at in your order. Consultations are offered world-wide via Skype or a land line telephone in the USA.
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What type of payment and currencies do you accept?
At this time, Airmid Botanicals accepts payment though Pay Pal only. However, Pay Pal will now allow you to use your credit card, debit card, pre-paid card or make a bank transfer from many countries. Pay Pal will also allow you to automatically convert the payment to the currency of your choosing. So even if you live in France, Japan or the UK – you can still use the Airmid Botanicals “Buy Now” buttons and change the payment to the currency of your choice. There are some VERY simple instructions on how to do this with pictures HERE. It’s easy and free to set up a personal Pay Pal account. For more information on how to get an account, simply follow the prompts when you click on any of our “Buy Now” buttons, or visit http://www.paypal.com for more information. If you have any questions or problems making a payment to Airmid Botanicals, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help you out!
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Do you have gift certificates?
Yes! To request an Airmid Botanicals gift certificate – please contact me with the “To” and “From” information as you would like it to appear on your gift certificate, as well as the amount you would like it to be for. I will send you a Pay Pal link and once payment has been received I will email you a printable PDF of your gift certificate, or for an additional $5.00 I will print it on card stock and mail it to the address you specify. Gift certificates are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.
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