3 Go-To Essential Oils for Work

3 Go-To Essential Oils for Work

Running an aromatherapy business must be filled with calming music, soothing scents, and lots of relaxation, right?

Sometimes. But mostly, it’s just like any other business. The only difference is that we get constant reminders that life is too short to worry about the small stuff, and that number one, it really is all about taking care of ourselves.

I mean, I can’t preach self-care all day and then not properly hydrate myself or work too many hours. Actually, I know that I CAN do that because I have. So what I actually mean isit just doesn’t work.

That’s why simple tricks to help us stay on track and return back to what matters are essential. I’ve found that besides the ever-present opportunity to just sit back and take a deep breath, essential oils also help bring me back to a focused state.

I recently wrote an article for Massage Today on using essential oils to re-center while at work. Though this is geared towards massage therapists, the article is relevant to everyone. It will not only apply while at work, but the info is great for getting focused in general.

Read the whole article here.

My three go-to essential oils for work (right now) are: Eucalyptus, May Chang, and Spruce.

  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) – Think of Eucalyptus as a breath of fresh air. This respiratory tonic and sinus opener will inspire you to breathe deeper. It helps to open the lungs to take in new air, and its expectorant qualities clear mucus from the respiratory passages.
  • Spruce (Picea mariana syn. P. nigra) – Spruce, to me, is like strength and growth in a bottle. It’s great for those days when you feel heavy and bogged-down by tasks or responsibilities. Spruce is another respiratory tonic, inspiring a full breath as if we were on a walk in the woods.
  • May Chang (Litsea cubeba) – May Chang smells like the excitement of a new day. It is a bright and uplifting, lemon-y smell that feels like the light of gold. It is a bit like Lemongrass but a little less irritant. (This is a super plus!)

These are three of SO MANY to choose from. I want to know, what is your favorite oil to use when you go to work? What about it works for you?

Thank you for letting me share my love for aromatics with you!

Aromatically Yours,



P.S. CALLING ALL MASSAGE THERAPISTS. I need your help! What questions would you like answered regarding massage and aromatherapy? I’ll be writing a few more articles for Massage Today this year, and I’d love to know any burning questions you might have. Leave me a comment on what future articles you’d like to see. 

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Aromatic Reflection

Aromatic Reflection

Winter is the time of year where we’re called to slow down and be still. It might not seem that way with holiday season sprees, year-end deadlines, and new year jump-starts. But it’s very important to continue to find stillness in the whirlwind of winter.

Luckily, our oils are wonderful companions that constantly beckon us to take a moment for ourselves. One of the simplest ways to use essential oils safely is through inhalation. The act of stopping, sitting, smelling, and reflecting can provide just the kind of “time-out” that you need to restore your energy, reset your outlook, and continue.

You’re sitting here reading this blog, so go ahead, grab an oil from the shelf, and try this:

  • Let Go. Relinquish yourself from whatever task is currently at hand, but don’t worry, you’ll get back to it. Just give yourself permission to pause, disengage, and return to your center.
  • Get Comfortable. Sit back in your chair or find a more comfortable seat or position. Maybe lay down on the floor (set an alarm for a few minutes if you’re afraid you’ll fall asleep).
  • Take a Deep Breath. Place a drop of essential oil on a cotton ball, tissue, handkerchief, or inhale from the bottle. Be sure to wave it back and forth while inhaling, alternating nostrils. Perhaps take a few deep breaths this way.
  • Observe. Just watch what happens in your internal world. Can you invite in more relaxation? Are there memories emerging? What emotions do you feel? What does your heart say?

You can write your experience down in a journal or just let it sink in. Continue until you’re ready to return to your to-do list, but do so with a lighter heart and greater awareness.

Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

At the heart of a mindfulness practice is the idea of the “beginner’s mind.” This means that no matter how long you’ve been practicing, you are encouraged to approach your experience with the mind of a beginner. Essentially, you’re encouraged to let go of preconceived notions, past experiences, and how this compares to last time. Instead, you’re urged to try being in your experience right now.

I like to apply this to my practice of working with essential oils. Sure, I’ve used Lavender a million times. But what if I take a moment right here to sit with it as if it were my first time? What does she want to say to me today? It’s amazing how much I learn from going back to simple practices. Sometimes it provides more than what I read in a book or learn in classes. One of my favorite things to teach to students is knowing how to trust one’s inner wisdom.

You have to keep learning until you get past the point of feeling like you already know it all. Then you can come back to being open to the wisdom right in front of you.

Aromatherapy Beginner’s Training Program

As we expanded our advanced training in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program, I started feeling like some of our students would benefit from a course that was more geared towards beginners. I wanted to provide a strong foundation for practicing at home and making products with essential oils.

For the past year, we’ve been working on a brand new course that will be offered starting in March and running through August of 2017.

The Aromatherapy Beginner’s Training Program is an in-depth introduction to the art and science of aromatherapy. The course consists of 4 weekend workshops (totaling 50 hours of live training) and another 50 hours of independent study projects, totaling 100 hours of guided training. The focus of this curriculum is not only on how we use essential oils, but also on how we support our bodies’ natural healing mechanisms.

Learn more about this program here.

Starting Somewhere

Starting Somewhere

I’ve sat in my mom’s aromatherapy classes throughout my entire life. First as a child, when I tagged along as a “helper;” then as a newly licensed massage therapist, encountering her class as a student for the first time; and most recently as an instructor, teaching classes myself.

My mom is always encouraging students to go out and teach introductory classes themselves. She’ll say, “The best thing you can do once you leave this class is to go out and teach a class yourself. Just an easy, one-hour class for your friends and community. That’s when you’ll really learn how much you know, and it will give you ideas on what else you can learn.”

Each class includes people with different energies and experience levels. I love facilitating the education of the group while addressing each person’s specific needs. After our first year of teaching together, I’ve explained the three main topics in the intro class so many times (what is aromatherapy, what are essential oils, how do they work, and how do we use them) that the right words roll off my tongue with little effort. I’m thrilled to share this platform with my mom. She still chimes in with deeper explanations when needed. Then I get to learn more!

Sometimes when students gain a bunch of knowledge about essential oils, they still feel like they don’t know where to start. We know from experience that you simply just start where you are.

You begin.

For some, that means talking to their friends and family about what they learned. For others, it may mean choosing one oil each day to use and discover. Others may make and use an aromatherapy blend for their next massage. Whatever it is, you begin wherever you are … as I am doing right now.

This is my first blog with the Atlantic Institute. I hope you enjoy it! I’m grateful I have begun. : )