I am delighted to be teaching the ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy at Golden Egg Holistic this October. This course runs until June 2016 and during the year we will be learning about the therapeutic effects of essential oils, carrier oils, aromatic waters and herbal infusions. I have been teaching Aromatherapy for many years but having now completed my studies in Herbal Medicine, I feel excited to offer more rounded classes on how we can use the wisdom of plants, herbs and oils to really care for our Clients.
Our studies will involve many aspects. We learn a full body aromatherapy massage with additional focus on lymphatic drainage and acupressure points and we look at the extraction and unique chemistry of each oil, the effect they have on the body and emotions, how to conduct and evaluate research, identifying plants and getting to know plant families, sourcing good quality oils for professional use and blending for a wide range of conditions. Our approach is very hands on, growing herbs throughout the year, living and working with each individual oil, and making balms, blends, creams, sprays and various skin care preparations to support our clients post treatment.
In anticipation of our upcoming Alchemy, I have decided to prepare some nice infused oils, which will be an essential component in our healing balms later in the year. Below is the process for making a lovely Infused Calendula Oil. I love this flower. It reminds me of Sunshine. With its wonderful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities, it makes a great skin healing oil, for cuts, abrasions and stubborn wounds, dry cracked skin and chapped lips.
STEP 1: Place some dried calendula flowers into a glass jar. Infusions can be made with fresh flowers also, however I prefer the dried variety as all of the moisture has been removed and the risk of the oil going off is reduced. To air dry your plant material, place it on a sheet of news paper and leave in a dry space for a few weeks. I use the top shelf on my bookcase where it won’t be disturbed.
STEP 2: Cover the Dried plant material with a good vegetable oil. I have chosen a lovely organic sunflower oil. Similar to Calendula, Sunflowers turn their heads to the sky and bring visions of warm sunshine. Olive Oil is another good choice for herbal infusions.
STEP 3: Place the airtight lid on and leave in a sunny window for 6-8 weeks. Shake the jar occasionally. The heat from the sun will gradually breakdown the therapeutic phytochemicals in the plant material and release them into the oil.
In a few weeks, I will be filtering out all of the plant material and bottling this Skin Healing Oil for students to incorporate into their formulations. Watch this space to see how it all turns out.
If you feel guided to learn more and would like more information on the Diploma in Aromatherapy beginning this October please visit Golden Egg Holistic or email Catriona Plunkett at firstname.lastname@example.org for timetable and booking form.
If you have any general Aromatherapy queries, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email HERE.