A couple weeks ago I wrapped up studying 24 essential oil monographs. This was a very neat experience to sit down with each essential oil used in the course individually, smelling its aroma off and on, watching videos from Jade on them, and reading over their profiles. I found some that I liked, some that I did not care for, and some really surprised me! Laurel leaf and juniper berry for instance really caught my attention both aromatically and therapeutically.
This past weekend I just completed the module on aromatic chemistry. Oh my, that was rough! Chemistry and technical mumbo jumbo is not my strong suit…but I made it through and have a newfound appreciation for it. I knew things like Latin binomials and chemotypes for example were important but at least now have a better understanding of why and how to choose the right one for particular needs. I will even admit, I am curious to learn more about chemical constituents in essential oils and how they determine their properties. Overall, I “think” I can handle this!
I am just now starting into a new lesson plan on application methods. This is where things are starting to get a little more hands on! For my first project I created a lovely facial oil containing jojoba, rosehip, and essential oils of lavender, geranium, mandarin and a touch of patchouli. I am anxious to see how this feels and works on my finicky skin.
And that’s where I am at for now…I’ll touch base again in a couple weeks where I should be even closer to completion!