I’m so in love with Cardamom essential oil right now. Have you ever tried it? Like so many other essential oils, it has several different properties, so there are many different ways you can use it.
But learning about essential oils isn’t just about knowing how to use the oils themselves. To really get to know an oil, we also need to learn about the plant it comes from. Recently, Cardamom taught me a very important lesson (another example of how plants can be such great teachers).
Have you ever thought you knew a plant or oil pretty well—just to find out you were mistaken?
It happens all the time, even to those of us that have studied essential oils for years!
I even took a video of it to show it off and commented that, “I don’t know if it’s placebo or what, but I feel like I can smell something in the leaves.” Some part of me knew that this was a bit curious, but I brushed it off because hey, it’s a “Cardamom” plant.
There are two lessons to this story.
One is the importance of identifying plants using their Latin names … and the second is that you should always listen to your mother.
I have to joke because she had just gifted me this mug for the holidays. And it turns out, that’s exactly what happened a few weeks later while I was studying Cardamom.
(Side note: My editor also told me that she had to correct the spelling of Cardamon a million times. She finally told me, “You mention in the Deep Dive that Cardamom has a maternal energy, so just remember that it ends in “mom.”)
Did you hear Sylla on the Big Mouth Pharmacist Podcast last week? (If not, check it out below.) 👇
I’ll admit that when I first read about the host I thought, “Oh, this is perfect for Mom.” The host is known for busting myths and not mincing his words when it comes to the truth about natural healing therapies.
Many of you have told us that this is also one of the reasons why you love Sylla so much.
I’ll never forget the day that we showed up to the 2015 Alliance of International Aromatherapists Conference. Upon meeting Kristina Bauer of The Untamed Alchemist, she immediately got on her knees, bowed, and said, “I just love your ‘do no harm and take no shit’ kind of attitude.” 😳
For decades, my mom has been extremely outspoken about essential oil safety, the harm that is done by the misuse of essential oils—often by well-meaning but misinformed people—and is generally just unable to stand by and watch this happen when it can all be prevented through simple education.
So, if you’re new to essential oils, are unsure about the simple safety practices that can do TONS to prevent harm from essential oils, or are curious to hear what’s got Sylla all fired up, check out the podcast. We’d love to know what you think.
Now that you’ve heard what Sylla has to say, what questions are you left with on how to use essential oils safely?
Leave us a comment below, and let us know what other info you need to learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively. We will answer you here. Plus, these questions will give us ideas on how we can better serve your educational needs.
It’s our dream to create a world where you have access to aromatherapy education that can keep you both safe AND healthy … and your family, too. Let’s create that world together.
Essential oils can be great allies when working with children who have ADD, ADHD, and other disorders. However, this isn’t always as straightforward as many Pinterest boards will lead you to believe. Sylla learned this firsthand when she helped design and carry out a study on the subject.
In 1997, Sylla teamed up with Trevor Stokes, Ph.D., a psychologist who was also a massage client of hers. At the time, Trevor was a professor at the University of Florida. He also worked with children who had behavioral and emotional disorders. Together, the two of them produced a study that examined aromatherapy’s effects on children with behavioral and emotional disorders.
A few years ago, we interviewed Trevor Stokes about this study and working with Sylla.
In this video, you’ll learn:
How Sylla and Trevor began to work on this project (and the outcomes!).
How they used essential oils to help kids do their homework and stay in bed throughout the night.
Why there isn’t always one right oil.
Just so you know, this video was shot a few years ago, but the information is still valuable! You can also read their research paper in full below.
Become a member of the Inner Sanctum and begin learning aromatherapy from the experts at home today. There are hours of lessons, interviews, and more, all designed to help you use essential oils safely and confidently to help yourself and your family.
When chemists and aromatherapists team up, they can get a lot done. Check out this paper written by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger and Robert Pappas on Artemisia arborescens. Find out about this plant’s chemistry, therapeutics, and how it compares to similar plants. >>Download the Paper Here<<