Contraindications and/or "toxic" oils.
Get five books by different people, all well-respected in their field, and there will be at least one oil on each list that isn't on any of the others.
At least one oil will be used in each book that the other four have screaming tizzys over the very idea of. Eventually, if you read enough books, you'll have such a list of potential "problem" oils that you'll be scared to use olive oil on your salad.
There are oils that are supposedly "OMG never even think about using this!" that I use regularly with good results.
There are oils that I use neat or -- horrors! -- drink in water or juice. According the the American health system, this is an extreme no-no, though this method has been in use in Europe for years.
My suggestion? Do the research, test the oils, and make your own decision!
Any suggestions what to DO with them? They're not necessarily bad information, just information I already have 16 other places. I have some already on swap sites, but these particular ones seem to be fairly slow movers...anyone want to trade books for books, or for BPAL, or for services?
I have two aromatherapy books (both for slightly more advanced practitioners) that do NOT feel it necessary to expound on the history of scents and the various methods of getting the essential oil out of the plants and into the bottles. The other twenty or so? Even the ones supposedly for not-QUITE-beginners-anymore? Right. At least a chapter each on
a) what is an EO
b) why EOs are hard to get at including where they are in the plant
c) where EOs come from (regions, etc)
d) history of EOs and perfumes.
And all list the same sources for their information; in many cases it's darn near C/P from one book to another.
One book drives me batty all by itself -- in each and EVERY recipe, the directions include :"Place the carrier oils in a clean container, add the essential oils, and gently turn the container upside down several times or roll between your hands to blend. Apply as needed." (Aaaugh, wait, she forgot to tell me to put the lid on! i just dumped the oil all over the floor!) If the author had put that at the beginning of the chapter and said "this applies to every rx unless stated otherwise" it would have resulted in a 20% savings on paper, ink, and transport costs.
I suppose that the repetition between books is "just in case" a person only GETS one book, so they'll have the info, but when you have several it wastes time and shelf-space! Hello, posty-notes!
Some of you were kind enough to indulge me with answers to this poll weeks ago, and now it's time to start thinking about specifics. Here's what I need this time: Since LJ doesn't have a scheduling spreadsheet that I can find, and I don't know how to make one,
1) I'll have a paper at the booth with specific times for after-gate appointments -- likely for the between-evenings only. If I get there the night before, which is possible, I will take walk-ins after I'm set up and before I collapse.
2) Probably going with only 15 and 30 minute appointments as we'll all be tired and I don't want to overdo either of us!
3) Won't be doing full-body deep-tissue for the same reason -- if there's a specific area, I'll work it, but too hot/humid and I don't want people getting sick which CAN and DOES happen.
4) Standard rates are a dollar a minute, barter encouraged (no children or other livestock).
4a) Bartered items may be offered for sale the next day or at another faire or event.
4b) Exception to the "no children" rule may be made if it looks like I'll need errands run the next day, in which case the services of a responsible page or squire may be requested. You MUST take the page/squire back at the end of the day!!!!!
5) Services offered will include chair, reflexology, Reiki, & aromatherapy during the Faire day (available to patrons as well).
5a) Table will be added in the evenings. (Molly's request.)
5b) I plan to have a bucket of water with clean rags for feet and/or other areas that need de-funkifying per Cat's and Julie's suggestions.
6) Some aromatherapy preparations will be available for cast and crew ONLY -- don''t want to get into the whole "But she didn't SAY not to drink it!" thing with the general public. (Thieves' Oil, After-Sun Spray, BugOff...)
Crass(er) Commercial Announcements Follow
6a) If you have said you want certain items and would like to pick them up first thing, feel free to email or PM me and request a Paypal invoice -- this means you won't have to be bothered with paying for it on site and it will be ready when you walk into the booth and introduce yourself!
6b) If you wish to prepay a massage session or two, again, feel free! This just means you'll not have to worry about forgetting your pouch. Also, this means you can use CC/DC as all I can accept on-site will be cash/checks.
6c) Prepaid sessions CAN be assigned to someone else, but I need the person who paid to tell me who gets it and how long.
Also, the project is testing what was presented in a book called Scent-sational Weight Loss -- the idea is that certain scents, when sniffed before meals and at "crunch times," can trigger the satiety center so you're satisfied with less food -- even the stuff you'd (I'd) normally binge on or just keep eating because "it tastes good" (even after my stomach says I'm no longer hungry). The main side effect reported in the book was losing too much weight too fast! Don't know if I believe it -- seems like one of those "too good to be true" things, so...I'm trying it.
Anyone else want in? I may have to ask for enough to cover the cost of the materials, but won't be trying to make a profit.
Well, I ordered some samples of EOs from a very reputable place, and I know there are some EOs that simply don't appeal to me, but oh land these would be good additions to a weight-loss plan. Just sniff before meals. This likely means they are veryvery effective!
Ravensara is fairly nice, does not smell as much like Melaluca/Tea Tree as I'd been led to expect.
Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2 Extract is pleasant enough, as is a carrier oil called Tamanu (or Foraha).
The Melissa and the Vitex, though, eech!
I agreed, and pointed out that of COURSE that's why doctors prescribe nitro patches and nicotine patches and contraceptive patches, because stuff can't possibly be absorbed through the skin.
I would have tried to educate the individual, but they had that mulish expression that meant I'd've been teaching a pig to sing. And arguing, well, I just didn't have the energy.
I do like the experiment with the garlic, though :D If someone CAN be convinced to try it, it'll convince them!
Those who left an email address get that, those who left (only) a snail-mail address get that.
Credit for that particular idea goes to hdsqrl and cattinsley , with no blame accruing if it doesn't work out.
And thanks to torakiyoshi for input on the "fine print" and periodicity of the drawings.
ALSO -- related bit here -- I developed a recipe some time ago to help a friend quit smoking. She says it works, and several other people she gave it to said it helped.
IF anyone wants to try it, speak up. I'm not going to force it on you, you must ask.
It can be in a carrier oil or in a lotion base, and yes it has a definite scent and may interfere with your perfume. I need a small bit of medical info as I don't want to harm anyone. Comment here or email me if you're gonna quit smoking and want to try this.