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Aromatherapy Awareness Week 'Anti-Viral Properties of Essential Oils'

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08th – 14th June 2020 was Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2020. Now in its 12th year, it was launched by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) and has since gone from strength to strength, being widely recognised now within the whole industry. The theme for 2020 ‘Anti-Viral Properties of Essential Oils’ was chosen due to the current pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As cases of the virus continue to increase, and shelves are emptied of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and other medicines, the Week focused on raising awareness of how essential oils can improve hygiene, boost immunity and support the respiratory system, as well as assisting with the psychological effects this unprecedented situation is having on mental health.

Ancient history has provided anecdotal evidence of the therapeutic use of essential oils but, in the last few decades, increasing scientific research has evidenced and substantiated their health benefits. The objective evidence base which supports Aromatherapy comprises clinical trials, case histories, clinical audits and also patient reported outcome data. The amount of research, and the media profile of some studies, has led to a high level of public confidence in the efficacy of Aromatherapy.  However, awareness and understanding of the full extent and benefit of essential oils, still requires greater recognition.

In 2018 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare (PGIH) issued a report urging the government to embrace complementary, traditional and natural medicine to ease the mounting burden being placed on the NHS. Never before has the benefits of incorporating complementary and traditional approaches, to achieve optimum health and wellbeing, seemed so important. Excitingly, this year also coin-cides with the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), as declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Plant health is important for everyone, so this is a fantastic opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, disease, protect the environment, and boost economic development all over the world.

As an annual national campaign, Aromatherapy Awareness Week is brought to life by a multitude of individuals and companies throughout the UK and overseas, who come together to draw attention to the important role Aromatherapy has in healthcare management. The IFA realises that therapists often need encouragement and support to get involved in press and publicity campaigns so the IFA PR team have put together a professional support package to give therapists the confidence to speak with a collective and informed voice to any sector of the community. 

Equally, the awareness campaign was a unique opportunity for everyone to do something pro-active to raise the profile of the health benefits of Aromatherapy and to reach more people who would benefit from access to the IFA's information support services. Whilst the IFA urge everyone to use this time for self-care, it is also a first class opportunity to discover new ways to improve health using essential oils. Aromatherapists are encouraged to send a tweet, contact their local media and get the message out within their local communities. There are all kinds of ways to help raise the profile of Aromatherapy in the media without leaving the house. The IFA would stress however, that it is vitally important for only the safe use of essential oils to be promoted, as some oils do have contraindications attached to them and restrictions on how they are administered. Caution must be exercised when using essential oils and where there is doubt, always contact an IFA registered Aromatherapist who will offer guidance on the oils that are suitable for individual needs.

It would be wonderful to hear of all the different oils and ways you have been using them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Collectively, we have access to a huge amount of knowledge and experience throughout the entire world and it would be lovely to hear your stories.

Next years dates 07th - 13th June 2021 - save the dates in your diary!!!

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About The International Federation of Aromatherapist
The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) is the professional body of choice for Aromatherapists worldwide, providing practitioners and non-practitioners with information, professional support and training. We regulate and accredit standards in Aromatherapy for both the practitioner and the course provider, and offer international qualifications through our accredited centres. The IFA register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) a UK body accountable to parliament. The IFA is actively involved with improving academic standards in the practice of aromatherapy and is also a charity committed to promoting and raising awareness of aromatherapy and disseminating information to the general public, as well as charity project initiatives in the medical field.

Note to press - anyone promoting our Aromatherapy Awareness Week must include that this initiative was created by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).

Images and logos available on request.

Essential Oils & COVID19

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have been faced with severe challenges both physical and emotional, which may have had a profound impact on their life and their state of mind. The IFA, as a complementary health organization, wishes to extend its heartfelt sympathy to all those affected and its sincere thanks to all those who are putting the safety and welfare of others before their own.  

How Can Essential Oils Help During this Serious Health Crisis?

Essential oils or their constituents are widely used in pharmaceutical preparations, in cosmeceuticals (skin-care products with the combined benefits of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals), as food preservatives, flavour enhancers, in traditional and complementary medicine, in aromatherapy and in the spa industry. Essential oils are very popular with the public too, not only because their fragrant odours are pleasant and invigorating but also because they offer so many health benefits and are considered safe to use in the home when used within safety guidelines. Also, the simple action of smelling an essential oil can have a number of measurable physiological effects on the body such as change in heart rate or blood pressure, change in brainwaves activity, change in eye movement, etc. In fact, a number of studies have shown that the fragrant odours of essential oils have psycho-physiological effects and proved that they can bring fast relief from stress and ease emotional difficulties.

Antimicrobial and Antiviral Activities of Essential Oils

The immune system is a highly complex system that contributes both to the maintenance of a healthy body and defence against harmful pathogens. Certain existing health factors and mental states can make it difficult for the immune system to be fully effective.  Natural remedies such as essential oils can support the body’s immune response and, more generally, can offer support to the ‘whole person’ as well.

Essential oils have a long list of therapeutic properties, but not all essential oils act in the same way. For example, some essential oils work in a wide-ranging way, while others work on more specific areas. Some essential oils can produce a quick response, while others may have a much slower cumulative action. These differences are determined by the constituents present in an essential oil, the dosage used and the method of application. Many essential oils can work in synergy with each other and can address more than one aspect of health at the same time. During a serious infection such as Covid19, to obtain maximum benefits from essential oils, it is important to choose a small number of essential oils that offer both holistic benefits and physiological benefits, in order to increase physical and mental wellbeing which in turn may stimulate immunological stamina. 

The contribution of essential oils as natural antivirals is promising, as some essential oil constituents have been found to inhibit virus replication in clinical studies, but the mechanisms by which essential oils can undermine viruses is still not clear. In contrast, there are a number of verified antimicrobial and antibacterial essential oils to choose from. So far, most essential oils tested for antiviral properties have mainly been tested against herpes viruses, so it cannot be assumed that those essential oils labeled as antivirals will automatically help in the fight against Covid19, but they can offer some indirect support to the immune system.  Other essential oils with therapeutic properties that can ease different symptoms and potentially help during a Covid19 infection should also be considered: respiratory antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, mucolytics, febrifuges, antitussives, expectorants, decongestants, cytophylactics, antioxidants and prophylactics. All essential oils with these properties can help make the ‘terrain' in the body less welcoming to infectious organisms and can decrease the acuteness of symptoms.

For example, respiratory oils like Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Pine needle and Juniper berry can help keep respiratory passages open and improve breathing capacity but they can also work as mucous expectorants, as antivirals and antimicrobials, and help ‘sanitize’ the ambient air in confined spaces, thus offering general support to the body or to any other treatments in a number of ways. While it certainly cannot be claimed that essential oils are a cure for this current serious illness, nonetheless, they can be useful for people who have milder symptoms of Covid19 and who have not needed to be hospitalized.

Finally, one more good reason for using essential oils in the fight against pathogens is that pathogens are adversely affected by aromatic molecules. Also, viruses have been observed to  only be able to resist one type of aromatic molecule at a time, and essential oils offer such an array of aromatic molecules that can damage  viruses. So again, although, essential oils are not a cure, certain essential oils can interfere with the cycle of infection/replication of pathogens. After all, plants produce essential oils as part of their arsenal of defensive weapons against the myriads of microorganisms and parasites that inhabit the environment. Is not Nature amazing?! 

The Neuro-Psycho-Immune Connection

As already mentioned, good immunity is directly related to mental wellbeing because any negative psychological state or emotional upset can impact the immune system’s ability to detect pathogens. Stress levels are also a factor in efficient immune response, as changes in stress hormone levels can also lower immunity. Therefore, improving mental wellbeing can help our chances of fighting infections and diseases and help optimise biological function. Regularly smelling those essential oils that are uplifting, mood enhancing, calming, relaxing, anti-depressive, stimulating and tonic, can give body and mind a boost and can indirectly contribute to the fight against Covid19. 

For example, Rosemary essential oil can counter mental apathy and improve both the immune response and respiration; Lavender (Alpine and English) can lower anxiety, regulate stress hormone levels and help various respiratory complaints; Lemon is an antioxidant, can sharpen the senses and mental functions, and regulate cardiac and respiratory rhythm: and Rose Geranium is an adaptogen, an antiinflammatory, cicatrisant, and it can modulate stress hormones. Essential oils can also help the family and helpers’ mental and emotional health around frail and sick people. Examples of beneficial essential oils for the mind and emotions are Cardamom, Basil, Champaca, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Mandarin, May Chang Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Spikenard, Tuberose, Vetivert, Ylang-Ylang.

Synergetic Activities of Essential Oils

Synergy means working together. Synergy occurs naturally between the different constituents of an essential oil and gives the oil unique therapeutic benefits. The concentration of each constituent in an essential oil also affects its therapeutic value. Essential oils with similar constituents and properties can be added together to make more potent aromatherapeutic remedies. The only draw-back with such synergetic blends is that some constituents may have adverse effects, so checking suitability of recipient and potential toxicity of the essential oils or constituents is important. Please visit ‘Safety and Toxicology’ page for more information.

Which Methods of application:

Before using essential oils, for oneself or others, be aware that certain essential oils have particularly strong, penetrating, pungent and tenacious odours and are not necessarily suited for children, pregnant women (whose sense of smell is often heightened) or frail people. Click here for essential oils uses, potential hazards and methods of application.

  1. Direct inhalation using a smelling strip or nasal inhaler can improve breathing or help maintain a clear mind. This method can help ease upper respiratory symptoms such as a blocked nose, sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, or mild respiratory difficulty caused by sinusitis, hay fever or a cold. Useful essential oils include Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Pine Needle and Tea-tree. Essential oils that have been proven efficient for reducing stress, anxiety, irritability, mental dullness, tiredness, or for use for general relaxation include Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin,  Orange,  Rose and Vetivert. 
     
  2. Diffusers and sprays are most suitable not only for maintaining a pleasant environment but also as an air cleanser, as many essential oils have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, e.g. Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea-Tree. Essential oils that increase mental alertness, improve memory and increase autonomic functions are Bergamot, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary. 
     
  3. Topical applications to boost the body system and organs through transdermal absorption of essential oils. (See at the end for useful recipes). 
     
Which Essential Oils?
Air cleansers against airborne microbes – used in a diffuser, a spray bottle, or aerosols

When an airborne infection is around, it is important to keep the ambient air around as clear as possible from infectious organisms. Spraying the air with essential oils to maintain air quality helps keep the environment healthy for all. Also, air diffusion of essential oils can stimulate the immune system. Some useful air cleanser essential oils:

Name of Essential Oil

Benefits

Bergamot
Citrus bergamia Risso & Poit.

antiinfectious, antiviral, deodorant

Cinnamon leaf
Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees

a powerful antimicrobial and air disinfectant.

Eucalyptus (all)
Eucalyptus globulus labill.
Eucalyptus radiata Seiber ex DC
Eucalyptus smithii RT Baker

antimicrobial can help prevent further infections, antiviral, immunostimulant

(Spike) Lavender
Lavendula

antiinfectiou, immunostimulant, mucolytic

May Chang 
CT Citral - Litsea cubeba

antimicrobial and refreshes the air

Peppermint
Mintha piperata

antimicrobial, antiviral, purifies the air.

Immuno-stimulants/Antimicrobials/ Antivirals

These are essential oils that can either strengthen immunity or directly fight infectious organisms:

Name of Essential Oil

Benefits

Bergamot​​​​​​​
Citrus bergamia Risso & Poit.

antiviral, antimicrobial

Cajeput​​​​​​​
Melaleuca leucadendron

antiviral, antimicrobial, expectorant, immunostimulant

Eucalyptus (all)​​​​​​​
Eucalyptus globulus labill.
Eucalyptus radiata Seibers ex DC
Eucalyptus smithii RT Baker

antiviral, antiinfectious, antimicrobial, febrifuge, immunostimulant, expectorant

 

Lavandin​​​​​​​
Lavendula latifolia Medik

antiviral, antimicrobial, expectorant, antiinfectious

Lemongrass​​​​​​​
Cymbopogon citratus DC Stapf.

antiviral, antifungal, antiinfectious

Manuka​​​​​​​
Leptospermum scoparium Forst & Forst

antiviral, antimicrobial, immunostimulant, antitussive, expectorant

Melissa​​​​​​​
Melissa officinalis

immunostimulant, expectorant, antitussive

Niaouli CT Cineole​​​​​​​
Melaleuca quinquinervia or Viridiflorol

antiviral, antimicrobial, expectorant, immunostimulant,

Ravintsara​​​​​​​
Cinnamomum camphora

antiviral, antimicrobial, antiinfectious, Immunostimulant,

Rosemary CT Cineole​​​​​​​
Rosmarinus officinalis

antimicrobial, expectorant

Tea-Tree​​​​​​​
Melaleuca alternifolia

antiviral, antimicrobial, antiinfectious, immunostimulant

Thyme CT Thymol​​​​​​​
Thymus vulgaris

antimicrobial, antiinfectious, immunostimulant

Adaptogens and Antioxidant Essential Oils

Adaptogens: Some essential oils are classified as adaptogens because they are known to have a ‘normalising’ effect on body processes, hormone release and stress, meaning their action can either be energising, stimulating, tonic or decreasing, calming, sedative depending on what is needed. Adaptogens essential oils can help regulate stress hormone levels, increase stamina, improve the immune response, regularise blood pressure, cardiac and respiratory rate, lower inflammation, are prophylactic and contribute to the prevention of and the recovery from illness.

Adaptogen essential oils examples: Bergamot, Frankincense, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Rose, Neroli, Turmeric Root, Ylang-ylang.

Antioxidants maintain balance, help keep oxidative stress in check, help improve immunity and keep the body healthy.

Antioxidant essential oils examples: - Citrus essential oils, Black Pepper, Ginger, Ho Wood, Oregano.

Essential Oils to Appease Spasmodic Coughs – best application methods are steam inhalation or a chest rub. Click here for methods of application.

Examples of antitussive and respiratory antispasmodic essential oils are Benzoin, Cypress, R Chamomile, Fennel, Fragonia, Inula, Lavender, Myrtle (Green), Manuka, Marjoram. 

Note: Benzoin, R. Chamomile, Fragonia, Lavender, Manuka essential oils are suitable for children or vulnerable people in a diffuser or in a 0.5% to 1% diluted blend and applied to soles of feet.

Pneumonia is a serious and life-threatening infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. Pneumonia caused by bacteria and a virus is contracted from airborne droplets projected out when sneezing and coughing, and fungal pneumonia is contracted from the environment, i.e. skin contact with surfaces. 

Chest rubs and inhalation in the recovery phase can be useful up to 6 months after the illness: 
Respiratory antiinflammatory and tissue repair: Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Niaouli CT Linalol and CT Nerolidol, Blue Tansy, Thyme CT Linalol.

By Nicole Perez, Fellow IFA Member


For more information:

If you would like to learn more about essential oils please view our course listings and contact an IFA approved course provider. Caution must be exercised when using essential oils and where there is doubt, always contact an IFA registered Aromatherapist who will offer guidance on the oils that are suitable for individual needs.  

Research

Anti-Viral Essential Oils

Adaptogenic effects of essential oils: prognosis in vitro and results in vivo
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/315/4/042001/pdf

Antimicrobial activity of essential oils extracted from medicinal plants against the pathogenic microorganisms​​​​https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohd_Sayeed_Akhtar/publication/260095332_Antimicrobial_activity_of_essential_oils_extracted_from_medicinal_plants_against_the_pathogenic_microorganisms_A_review/links/0046352f89684e544a000000.pdf

Antimicrobial Activity of Some Essential Oils—Present Status and Future Perspectives
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622393/

Antiviral activity of the Lippia graveolens (Mexican oregano) essential oil and its main compound carvacrol against human and animal viruses
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1517-83822011000400049&script=sci_arttext 

Citrus bergamia essential oil: from basic research to clinical application
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345801/

Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.2955

Essential Oils and Coronaviruses
https://tisserandinstitute.org/essential-oils-coronavirus/ 

Effect of Eucalyptus Essential Oil on Respiratory Bacteria and Viruses
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00284-007-9045-0

Essential Oils of Aromatic Plants with Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, and Cytotoxic Properties – an Overview
 https://www.karger.com/Article/PDF/207196  

Inactivation of Airborne Influenza Virus by Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02786826.2012.708948?src=recsys

Rose geranium essential oil as a source of new and safe anti-inflammatory drugs
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3793238/

Virucidal activity of essential oils from aromatic plants of San Luis, Argentina
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.1305

Virucidal activity of Colombian Lippia essential oils on dengue virus replication in vitro
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0074-02762010000300010&script=sci_arttextwn in Colombia on yellow fever virus replication in vitro
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1476-0711-8-8

Vitamin D for Treatment and Prevention of infectious diseases: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855046/

 

Anxiety

An assessment of treating depression and anxiety with aromatherapy
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S096245620400027X

Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3991026/

The Effects of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils on Test-Taking Anxiety Among Graduate Nursing Students
https://journals.lww.com/hnpjournal/Abstract/2009/03000/The_Effects_of_Lavender_and_Rosemary_Essential.5.aspx

The Use of the Essential Oil Lavandin to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety in Surgical Patients
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S108994720900392X

The Effect of Essential Oils on Work-Related Stress in Intensive Care Unit Nurses
https://journals.lww.com/hnpjournal/Abstract/2008/03000/The_Effect_of_Essential_Oils_on_Work_Related.7.aspx

The Effect of Inhalation of Aroma of Geranium Essence on Anxiety and Physiological Parameters during First Stage of Labor in Nulliparous Women: a Randomized Clinical Trialhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4484988/

The Effects of Lavender Oil Inhalation on Emotional States, Autonomic Nervous System, and Brain Electrical Activity
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22612017/

Physiological effects in aromatherapy
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26482850_Physiological_effects_in_aromatherapy

Vetiver Oil and Its Sedative Effect
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/fdf9/154d3fc61a260129c7efaf248b99371b5472.pdf

Homemade Recipes

Suitable Methods of Application 

  • Air diffusers
  • Chest rubs (creams or gels)
  • Creams and lotions 
  • Essential oil blends in vegetable oil carrier 
  • Gels
  • Inhalations
  • Mouth wash and gargle
  • Steam Inhalation

Quick Steps to Making Your Own Aromatherapeutic Remedies

When making your own aromatherapeutic remedies it is important to consider the ingredients you are adding to your recipe, as each one can support the therapeutic effects of the essential oils. Take time to choose your essential oils, bearing in mind the commentaries in the article above, while making sure that your formulation includes ingredients that will enhance transdermal penetration, improve skin protection, function and repair, as well as offering antimicrobial power and immune resilience and, not to forget, which add a sense of wellbeing through the overall scent. 

Below are some recipes contributed and created for you to try to help address certain issues people may be experiencing in this unprecedented time. The recipes are formulated to allow you to blend and insert the essential oils in the final phase. For information about dosage of essential oils click here

1. Nourish & Repair Hand Cream 

Increased cleansing of hands with detergents and alcohol gels causes a breakdown of the skin’s natural protection, oils and ability to repair. This leaves the hands open to dryness, cracking and chapping. This recipe is designed to provide rich nourishment, moisture, and protection to very dry, un-comfortable and sensitised skins. 

Shea butter is used for its occlusive, emollient and skin cell renewal properties, combined with Sunflower oil that is naturally rich in vitamin E, Thistle oil that is easily absorbed and rich in omega 6, Apricot oil for its soft skin feel, emollient properties and ease of absorption. The emulsifier used in this formulation also adds a natural layer of protection to the skin as well as assisting the absorption of other ingredients.

The humectant properties of glycerine are used to help bind water to the skin and prevent further dehydration, whilst Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and assists skin repair alongside the healing and soothing properties of Calendula co2 extract.

Ingredients:

Stage I Fat Phase
1.5 % Shea butter [ Butyrospermum parkii]
10 % Sunflower Oil [Helianthus annuus]
10 % Thistle Oil [Carthamus tinctorius]
5 % Apricot Kernel oil [Prunus armeniaca]
4 % Emulsifier [O/W] [Cetearyl alcohol & Cetearyl Glucoside]

Stage II Water Phase
3% Glycerine
61.5 % Water [not from the tap]

Stage III Active/Cooling Phase 
1% Preservative [Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin]
1.5% Vitamin E [Tocopherol]
0.5% Calendula CO2 extract [Calendula officinalis]
1% Essential Oil 

Method:
  • Begin by weighing all the stage I ingredients into a heating vessel, a stainless steel melting pan is suitable for smaller quantities and then heat on the Bain Marie. Ensure to heat this stage I so that the temperature reaches/ is over 75°C.
     
  • Whilst the Stage I is heating measure out the glycerine into a larger beaker/ vessel and put aside.
     
  • Boil the water [Hint/ Tip - boil more water than you need].
     
  • Only when stage one has reached over 75°C measure the freshly boiled water either using a beaker on the scales or using a measuring cylinder and pour into the vessel/ beaker containing the glycerine.
     
  • Without allowing the temperature of stage I & Stage II to drop below 75°C steadily pour the stage one fats into the stage two water, whilst blitzing with the stick blender, an emulsion will form.
     
  • The cream will continue to thicken as the emulsion cools, cover and put aside to cool to 40°C.
     
  • Measure or weigh the Stage III Preservative, Vitamin E and Calendula CO2 into small beaker and blend thoroughly into the cooled cream. Once this is done measure/ weigh the recommended essential oils and mix thoroughly into the cooled cream.
     
  • Jar and label

2. Skin Soothing Facial Lotion Cream

The wearing of face masks can irritate the skin, causing pressure-like depressions in the skin. This can lead to marks and some soreness that with repeated wearing of masks may mean that the skin does not recover as quickly as normal. 

The oils that are used within this recipe are used for their naturally occurring properties. Jojoba oil is well known for its ease of absorption and sebum like quality whilst still providing an occlusive film that protects, it is also a well-tolerated oil by all skin types. The hazelnut oil and apricot oils are soft, light and very easily absorbed conditioning the skin. The humectant properties of glycerine will help to bind water to the skin whilst the Carrot Co2 extract and Vitamin E will help to heal damaged skin.

Ingredients:

Stage I - Fat Phase
2% Jojoba oil [ Simmondsia chinensis]
1% Hazelnut oil [Corylus avellana]
2% Apricot oil [Prunus armeniaca]
3.5 % Emulsifier [O/W] [Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside] 

Stage II - Water Phase
2% Glycerin 
84.5% water

Stage III - Active/ Cooling Phase
1% Preservative [Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin]
2% Vitamin E [Tocopherol]
1% Carrot CO2 extract [ Simmondsia chinensis, Daucus carota satvia root, Rosmarinus officinalis, Helianthus annuus]
1% Essential Oil see Nicole Perez recommendations.

Method
  • Begin by weighing all the stage I ingredients into a heating vessel, a stainless steel melting pan is suitable for smaller quantities and then heat on the Bain Marie. Ensure to heat this stage I so that the temperature reaches/ is over 75°C.
     
  • Whilst the Stage I is heating measure out the glycerine into a larger beaker/ vessel and put aside.
     
  • Boil the water [Hint/ Tip - boil more water than you need].
     
  • Only when stage one has reached over 75°C measure the freshly boiled water either using a beaker on the scales or using a measuring cylinder and pour into the vessel/ beaker containing the glycerine.
     
  • Without allowing the temperature of stage I & Stage II to drop below 75°C steadily pour the stage one fats into the stage two water, whilst blitzing with the stick blender to ensure the oil and water phases mix to create an emulsion. As the emulsion forms it should resemble a thin custard.
     
  • The lotion cream will continue to thicken slightly as it cools, cover, and put aside to cool to 40°C.
     
  • Measure or weigh the Stage III Preservative, Vitamin E and Carrot Co2 extract into small beaker and blend into the cooled cream. Once they have thoroughly mixed into the lotion then measure and add the recommended essential oils.
     
  • Transfer to jar/ bottle and label.

3. Simple Gel 

This is a simple aloe vera gel recipe that is versatile in its application, it is designed to be light and easily absorbed without leaving a very sticky residue. The organic apricot oil is used provide moisture, soften, and condition the skin as well as assist the quick absorption of the soothing aloe vera and the essential oils chosen. 

Ingredients:

Stage I
1% Xanthan Gum
85% Water

Stage II
10% Aloe vera concentrate
2% Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca)

Stage III: Active/Cooling Phase 
1% Preservative [Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin]
1% Essential Oil 

Method
  • Begin by weighing all the room temperature water into a large vessel, beaker or bowl depending on the quantity you are making.
     
  • Weigh the xanthan gum powder separately and then sprinkle over the surface of the water.
     
  • Whisk or blend the gum and water together, a gel will begin to form. 
    (Hint/Tip use an electric hand blender for larger volumes and make sure you do not introduce air into the mixture)
     
  • Set the stage I gel aside.
     
  • In a separate beaker weigh the stage II ingredients and pour into the Stage I mixture and mix by blitzing with a hand blender or whisk.
     
  • Weigh the stage III preservative ingredient into a small beaker and pour into the gel and mix using a hand blender or whisk.
     
  • Weigh or use the appropriate number of drops of the recommended essential oils and mix thoroughly into the gel.

4. Essential Oil Room Spray 

In this room spray recipe, to help to cleanse the air when the use of an aromatherapy diffuser or steamer is not suitable. In this formula/ recipe polysorbate 20 is used to solubilise the essential oils so that they disperse fully through the suspension and do not to separate.

Ingredients:

Stage I
3% Polysorbate 20
3% Essential oils

Stage II
1% Preservative (Phenoxyethanol Ethylhexylglycerin)
50% Water 
43% Organic Hydrolat (suggestions to choose from; Tea tree, Peppermint, Orange)

Method
  • In a glass beaker weigh the stage I polysorbate 20.
     
  • In a separate small beaker weigh or measure the drops of your Stage I recommended essential oils or essential oil blend.
     
  • Pour and stir the essential oils into the Polysorbate 20, stirring continuously until fully mixed.
     
  • In a separate larger beaker weigh the Stage II water and hydrolat. (Tip/ Hint choose a hydrolat that compliments your chosen essential oils).
     
  • Slowly mix the Stage I into Stage II stirring continuously. When fully mixed decant into a spray bottle and label.

5. Aromatherapeutic Bath Bloom

This recipe is designed to be used as a bath bloom softening and conditioning the skin whilst safely solubilising the essential oils through the water. This prevents possible irritation that can occur when essential oils pool together on the surface of bathing waters. As a suggestion I would recommend using essential oils that are robust in aroma especially for the olfaction element of an aromatherapy bath treatment because Red Turkey Bath Oil does have an aroma itself that may need covering-up.

Ingredients:

Stage I
2% Peach Kernel oil (Prunus vulgaris)
3% Sunflower oil (Helianthus annuus)
2% Essential oil

Stage II
93% Red Turkey Oil (Sulfated castor oil)

Method
  • In a glass beaker weigh the Peach kernel oil and sunflower oil and stir together to mix.
     
  • Mix the preblended and pre-measured (either by drops or weight) Essential oils into the Peach and Sunflower oil blend.
     
  •  In a large glass beaker weigh the Stage II Red Turkey Oil.
     
  • Slowly pour Stage I into Stage II and stir thoroughly decant into bottles and label. 

These formulations/recipes are kindly contributed by Deana Kassim, IFA member

To feedback and to find out more information on how to make your own base remedies and skincare for aromatherapy, please get in touch with the IFA or visit us at www.purodem.com

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