Doing whats best for you and your business

In the long run of things, it’s so much easier to let go of a dream or passion due to the recent state of the economy and not succeeding in trying and trying again.  To me, my computer is like an instrument. So my dreams for it are endless. I use it for almost everything, so it makes me more driven everyday to make my dreams a physical collaboration of putting my thoughts into words and putting my words into actions. I am currently taking a class at Georgia State University that is teaching me different techniques on how to stay with the most current trends in online media. I go over all the time the thoughts that people are wanting, what they are needing from devices, their own personal businesses, and what they can make into their brand.  It isn’t easy creating a concept that is useful for the average person as we are all so very different in all aspects of our personalities. All very much reminiscent of playing a very intricate game of connect the dots, trying to make mental lists of “this demographic is attracted to these points ” and others completely different ones.

Appealing as so many worlds in so many lives are, for me, as an individual, as I follow all aspects of current events, I mesh it with my ability to show the shaded areas of others’ minds with the light of other interests they never knew that they had. It’s a great salepoint or point in a business persons life when they can realize that they are capable of such feats as changing someones views on a particular item or service.

On a very personal not, I used this structure plan for my recent diet. I believed as though I was doing nothing wrong with continually eating right and just not exercising, or vice versa. Serious re-programming of my already overflowing brain enabled me to unload the stresses in my life and make room to shed light on that exact shaded area. The answer and what I had known all along was persistence in taking care of my body by using the two simultaneously. It was so hard, everyday I would work out and be so famished afterwords and to eat better, it is a necessity that you cook all of your food from scratch,so I was over the stove for long parts of my days. Setting my stubborn ways aside, I hired a full-time trainer to let go of the feelings of knowing everything to get a leg up on my bodies previous mental state.

I see all clients have a dream for their business, something that they want to accomplish in their specific roles in their life. Often times by the time they have reached my consultation firm, they are already at the point where they are almost ready to throw in the towel.  The Key is finding the part of you inside that is motivated for a better you… this is so hard for some people it can be something that they are not ready to admit that they have happening. Through the last year I have had many days where I thought that there wasnt going to be a chance for me to do certain things I always wanted to achieve. The following days were filled with hopes, dreams, and accomplishments, as I decided to push forward and pull through utilizing every step I could to turn my life into everything it should have been a long time ago, and finally to anticipate what is going to transpire from now until the not so distant future.  So true for others as well. I sit here anticipating the goal of teaching so many others how to make their businesses true success and victory. In life, in accomplishment, and in overall Success.

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I have safely arrived in New York, to the 59 degree temps, and cloudy, rainy weather. Perfect for the kind of day we were looking for. While trucking this morning on a mere 2 1/2 hours of sleep, Eddie and I fell into the crisp temperatures by warm blankets and a solid nap. Waking up to a great action movie, complemented with some fantastic Chinese food. I am still in those blankets, maintaining comfort while reaching out to the followers and checking status on the business.  While there may be action with me not out the shipment center, I have someone at home in Florida, awaiting order confirmations to be able to still send those precious wreaths that are every ones favorite to enjoy. We miss our dog already though, as she will probably be more spoiled than ever while we are away. Not sure if it is the food, or the thin mountain air, but I didn’t realize that I was so tired! I have been devoting every waking moment of time that I am awake to making the business better, more convenient to use for our clients. The wreaths more potent with more diagnosis, stronger potency, and specific attention to detail. All while managing the blog, the website, press releases, Emails, Orders, Invoices… and not to mention, wedding events, holidays and other get togethers… I can’t wait to get an assistant to take care of some of the workload, I just have to get over the perfectionist attitude so that it doesn’t burn me out. I Love every minute of it all though– that’s another part of the issue I guess. LOL. I spend at night thinking of how I can make things better as soon as I wake up in the morning, and I don’t dare go to sleep without something essential that I might forget not being recognized. Crazy, huh? At any rate, after this day of relaxation, We are off to Toys R Us to pick up a gift for Baby Angelina- Im pretty excited– I Love shopping for the lil tots!! My precious nieces and nephews remind me of how blessed I am, its a real naturalistic joy to be able to spent any time with them ever!

Potpourri used for Saving money on healthcare?

Interesting concept here, as it seems as though healthcare is consistently on the rise, and vouchers are comming less and less common. Interesting research being done as  well, as the effects of aromatherapy can actually be the new wave in the future of preventional healthcare.  Many people take vitamins everyday to soothe certain ailments because of their health concerns in mixing medications, their skin, relaxation, or even cleaning out toxins and such. In development of refresher oils, we are researching the impacts of these aromas on the stamina, growth, and well being of individuals as well as their family members. An experiment tested recently suggests that homes  infused with inviting aromatheraputic scents lead healthier, more stress free lives. Is the wave of the future filled with aromatherapies in preventional medicine??

Today with The Wreath Connection

Todat was a good day. We finished the teeking of the sites new framework, and decided we would invest some time in the centerpieces that have been added to the site. The new clearance page has gone well, if you check it out make sure to hear the new acoustic guitar solo that I found this morning located at the bottom of the screen, its really a wonderful addition, as well as a “hard to find” rarity. So, aren’t the new wreaths so beautiful?? I have been telling you all about them for the last couple of weeks, and there are more I am sureto add, but in due time as they are not complete untill I add the final touches. I have been consistently doing research on different histories of, and medical practices done with aromatherapies as well. Today I mexed some more refresher oils, to add an exubrent scent when the completion of the line is in its full glory. I have been in contact with several specialty small business over the last couple of days that are sharing with me how to tweek the site to really show the wreaths true beauty, and am taking all their advice in stride. The centerpiece addition is coming a long better than expected, where as a lot of reservation questions are being asked reguarding bulk ordering for weddings and occasional events that people are planning… and the answer is YES, we are offering specialized bulk orders, however, it is useful to keep in mind that while they all may be similar in size, shape, and color, that no two look exactly alike. However, upon personalized orders you have the option to make a huge detailed piece or the opposite of more of a simpler, elegant look. Sketching has become a big part of our successes, while the days are full of hard work and establishing invoices, supply inventory, ect. We have been busy putting the web orders together as well as the orders being bought directly from our onsite store. The sketching has come in handy at the end of most work days, coming up with new ideas, colors, and arrangements to be photographed and published, and of course, Blogging has been a central detail to a mostly e – commerce business site. We are constanlt and consistently working with real estate professionals, vacation home owners, Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers, retirees ect. More and more everyday, we are learning that as a business we are catering to the earthy tone being set for calming atmospheres. I have some of the viewers suggesting how air freshening a 12 inch wreath would be to have on the front/ back dashboards of their cars!! While building e mail lists and contacts, we are finding that everyone is looking for something different, aside of that typical design that you see in most homes that is simple, plain and ordinary. The Wreaths from the wreath connection are the exact opposite. They are Aromatheraputic creatice a calming, more focused mind, while their aeshetics are finely hand detailed and made with time and craft. Today we are and have been, examining the ways to get our wreaths seen and discovered, as we are feeling more and more everyday that these wreaths are going to become a new trend in a new generation of home decor. Classy Elegant refreshing elements that are changing people as much is it is changing their homes.
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The Beauty of Fireworks and Lightning

It is always so interesting to think about and intake the capacity of the human mind. You know, the amazement of something so beautiful and powerful such as a firework. Simple really, just an arrangement of colors to stimulate the unknown of danger, and heat, along with the wonder of colors and shapes along with a sound that motivates the adrenaline causing oohs and ahhs around a crowd. Is it the side of the brain suggested that we never use that actually feels the emotions that something so beautiful can create?
Sometimes lightning frightens people, while other times, storm chasers yearn for it, as a thrill to seek bolts of electricity soaring across an open sky. Again, you feel the thrill of fright as most of us are concerned about safety, the others of us just want to stare out the windows, or curl up and listen to it thunder out and occasional flashes spark peaceful relaxation.

I try to keep the simpler things in mind when I am working in the workshop. Although there is no element of fear in any of the work I do, of course, I am consistently captivated in the on line research that I do about the power of something so simple as colors to the eyes, scents to the nose over the body, an all around will to have a better life, and understanding of fate and all that is natural. I am trying to form a mold of what this business means to me by exemplifying the feelings, emotions, and uniqueness as a reflection of what I see in others. When every individual wreath is complete… I stand back, I look at it, does it give me the oohs and ahhs? Does it relax me like a thunderstorm? Do I find comfort in its aesthetics or its aroma? When the answer to these questions for me is “Yes” at the moments of finalizing each wreath, that’s when I know that it has been a satisfying experience enough for me to share it with others, to give them a symbol in return… a product made with love. A product as captivating as…. Lets say… Fireworks and Lightning! Stay tuned for the new line out in days… and, comment on the blog below!! I Love reading your comments!! Please visit me at http://www.wreathconnection.com!!

Lets discuss “therapy”

Aroma Therapy, although thousands of years old, has astonishingly been becoming more and more popular. The physical and psychological benefits of aroma therapy simply being within reach cannot be beat! Learn how you can benefit from aromatherapy!
These days, everyone is turning to more natural,green, cheaper, organic methods for the cure and treatment and comfort of many different illnesses as well as psychological, well being. Aroma Therapy is an ancient method of energizing, healing and relaxing used by numerous cultures worldwide. Aroma Therapy is one of the most rapidly growing alternative medicines around the globe today, and for good reason: it works!

Imagine being able to heal, energize, relax , de-stress, and increase memory cells through the use of all natural methods? Aroma Therapy is a sure-fire way to go if you are looking for a more organic way to treat any medical or psychological ailments. At the base of Aroma Therapy lay the essential oils. We have included several in our new line comming out soon. In a nutshell, the essential oils are extracts from various plants. They are extracted using several various methods such as steam distillation, cold expression, or fixed oil and alcohol extraction. Many essential oils can be combined for an increased effect. This is known as the synergy of oils. This is a practice we are doing with the potpourri in our wreath creations. In order to dillute a certain oil to decrease it’s potency, you can mix it with carrier oils. Some of the oild with stronger scents are left alone on some projects, while others include extra oil combinations to improve quality and potentcy.

Aroma Therapy oils are great for improving mood and relaxing,energizing the nervous system, and finding balance and strength (depending on the desired effect of the oil). Statistically speaking, Some immediate side effects of this include an increase in healing and a decrease in stress levels. Expecially when a wreath creation is added to a common living area, the effects can be enough for the whole family to enjoy, and share in the effectsas a household! In addition to that, many oils have been known to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-septic properties and are found in household cleaning products, Most over the counter air fresheners, and powders. The mere display of such wreaths or centerpieces can keep you and your family from getting sick, act as an accelerator for your immune system, and act as a Nuture Made Purell to sanitize… simply by hanging on your wall, or serving as the focal point of your kitchen or end table! Aroma Therapy oils are a great way to enjoy several extremely healthy and mood enhancing side effects! Don’t you think it’s about time you looked into Aroma Therapy and practice of personal balance, growth, and precaution for all the great physical and psychological benefits it offers? I think so too!

Want to reduce stress and tension?

Want to improve mental alertness and mood by regenerating focus elements in your brain?

Want to experience increased healing and a stronger immune system that fights off most germs and bacterias?

Aroma Therapy and Spiritaul Balance is the alternative medicine of the future!
There are so many proven benefits to using Aroma Therapy oils that it’s hard to believe that more people don’t use this amazingly proven, ancient civilized treatment. Aroma Therapy really is the wave of the future when it comes to self healingand finding emotional peace and clarity. Just think about the benefits and what they can do for you!

More energy and focus: Put that extra energy to use in whatever way you want, do better at your job! Whether you want to excel in your career, hobbies and favorite past times, or just enjoy more time with family, friends, and neighbors!

Improved healing: How many times has a bad cold or other sickness kept you from work, scool, or going out? Kept you from doing your daily chores and kept you bed-ridden, unable to do the things you want, staying completely deconstucted? Aroma Therapy is a great way to jump start your immune system and improve your body’s natural ability to overcome sickness and fight off disease!

Decreased stress: Anyone can benefit from decrease in stress levels and tension. With the high stress world we live in today, anyone and everyone gets stressed out sometimes, expecially in this economy. Aroma Therapy can relax you and calm you down after a long day, week, month, or year. Get the relaxation and peace of mind you and your family deserve!

Well there you have it plain and simple- If this isn’t enough evidence to convince you to give Aroma Therapy Wreaths a try, I don’t know what will! The proof is there and the benefits (both physical and psychological) are proven through statistical data. No wonder millions of people around the world in all nations have been reaping the benefits of Aroma Therapy for generations! It works!

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Monday Already

Can you believe that it is already Monday, again? I remember when I worked at the ad agency, and the Mondays always came around soo fast. The best thing about Mondays are things like… Ideas are new and fresh from the weekend
You have had a chance to wind down finally after a long week last week
Workdays usually go faster in the beginnings of the week because time flies when your busy.
There is GREAT tv on on Monday nights-
There is always a “return of the daily patterns”… Home by 5, Dinner by 6, read book, check mail, Shower, bed…
Monday is nice because of that 1st cup of fresh coffee
and finally, Mondays are great, because when its over your already one day closer to the weekend!!

Today, I plan on puttin some stuff together for the new line coming out, I am going to create the ribbon ironons, and develop cut patterns for the flower sketches I came up with this afternoon, I plan on blogging everystep of the way expecially for those of you who follow me from work. Please come check me out at http://www.wreathconnection.com add me as a friend to your myspace at WreathConnection last name connection or follow me on twitter under WreathCo!!! Hpe to see you there… Happy Monday All!

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Our 100th Post!!

Its hard to believe that we are at the 100th post already, so soon in this beautiful New Year!! I was able to fix the freeze in the computers harddrive this evening, so, we are excited, motivated, and rejuvenated!! WreathConnection went Wreath Supply shopping this afternoon and bought some wonderful items thrown together soon!! I do believ we have made the decision to incorporate centerpieces into the new line as well… so, stay tuned for them, they are sure to be as unique and gorgeous as the wreaths!!

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Wreath Connection is ready for today!

Make sure you all stop by Etsy.com for the latest goods here in the showcase before the big revealing of the new line. We are dreaming big from this new line, and with part of the proceeds, we have decided to design some new t- shirts to put up for sale post circulation… to give us long enough to measure the volume of sales! So remember to stop by http://TheWreathConnection.etsy.com and give us a shout out!! They are all posted at the 25% off price!!

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WordPress is Amazing!!

I have decided to post this blog in appreciation for wordpress and the resources it has been able to provide. I have met so many wonderful people through here, and have been able to seek advice when needed about building my business, and keep an online journal of my thoughts and celebrate my successes every step of the way! Thanks to WordPress, I have been able to cruise through their easily learned system that allows me to ask questions any time that I would like about their processes and the way that things work on the site. Being that it is free, I have been able to speak to people from all over the world and see pictures of how their trip in Europe is going… or someones battle with disease, and their strengths to make it through. Incredible dieting success stories that have been so insoirational for me as a woman. I feel privledged to use this site, and am honored everytime I tell someone to go to it to check me out. Lately, I have been referring others to it, as I find it continually educational and informative, as I have read things on here weeks before they are reported on the news. When I am finished with workshop for my company, I cannot wait to get on here to read my comments and connect with all the others out there that I have met through this amazing experience that WordPress has allowed me to have! To anyone out there from wordpress.com… I appreciate your services!! Thank you for building a attributing dynamic for the future of tomorrow!!

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Happiness?? 10 Tips on everyday happiness

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Happiness is infectious
According to recent findings from the Framingham Heart Study, your happiness is largely dependent on the happiness of those around you. The study, recently published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that happiness is catching and that emotional states – such as happiness – can be transferred from one person to another – directly and indirectly. So not only is finding happiness going to be a healthy boon for you, it is also going to foster happiness in those to whom you are connected.

Happiness tip #1: Cultivate gratitude
Like happiness, being thankful and more positive in your everyday life can be contagious – just as being negative and always complaining can be quite catching. In her article Five ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, Susie Michelle Cortright says, “Help your friends develop more positive traits by living those positive traits yourself. Know what kind of friends will help you nurture your soul, and set out to find some.”

Happiness tip #2: Banish your bad moods
According to Handan T. Satiroglu, author of Be Happy: Tips to banish bad moods, finding happiness is taking time to play and including laughter into your every day. She explains, “Laughter is a marvelous medicine with no side effects. It is the great tranquilizer of life. In all stages of laughter, the brain releases endorphins, those feel-good compounds that increase your sense of peace and serenity. Laughter even stops hyperventilation, regulates digestion, blood pressure, and boosts immunity function.”

Happiness tip #3: Don’t think you can buy happiness
A study published in the British Medical Journal suggests money won’t buy you happiness. Research from Mexico, Ghana, Sweden, USA and the UK shows that despite vastly different levels of wealth, citizens of these countries report similar levels of satisfaction. And most advanced nations have seen almost no change to individuals’ happiness levels over the last 50 years, despite a huge hike in income. Researchers suggest focusing on family and personal relationships as key to finding long-term happiness.

Happiness tip #4: Get hitched
A study out of Cornell University suggests that committed relationships increase happiness. Researchers found that married people are the happiest, followed by people who cohabit, those in steady relationships and then those in casual relationships. Unpartnered people report the lowest levels of well-being and happiness.

Happiness tip #5: Stay emotionally connected
It’s not enough to simply be in a relationship, you must also foster a strong emotional connection. A study in the journal Social Forces indicates that emotional engagement is the key to marital happiness. Research suggests that wives are far happier when they feel emotionally connected to their husbands. So instead of just searching for happiness, focus on ways to bring you and your significant closer.

Happiness tip #6: Teach your kids about happiness
In the article Five ways to raise joyful kids, our health and wellness experts recommend finding what in life makes your own spirit sing and revel in it. Your kids learn about life from you – and by prioritizing self-care (aka doing things that make you happy), you are teaching them the importance of self-nurture, which is a key in finding happiness. Happiness is contagious – they will catch it from you and then give it to others, now and into adulthood.

Happiness tip #7: Give in to temptation
With the rat race of life, it is crucial for you to stop and savor something pleasurable or even indulgent – on a regular basis. In the article Seven secrets to happiness, author Meaghan Buchan recommends, “Splurge on a gourmet sandwich one day for lunch instead of brown bagging it. Surf the Web rather than returning that hundredth e-mail. Get the deluxe spa pedicure.” Giving into temptation every once in a while will reaffirm the hope that long-term happiness is possible.

Happiness tip #8: Stress less
Though it is definitely easier said than done, reducing your stress levels can help you in finding happiness. Sarah Wassner Flynn, author of Easy ways to reduce stress and boost your happiness, recommends sweating your stress away. “All you need is about 20 minutes each day to completely clear your head of your worries – even if it is only temporarily. Load up your iPod with high-energy playlists and go for a power walk or a run,” Flynn adds. And if exercise doesn’t do it for you, be sure to check out our top tips to reduce stress for even more ideas to lessen your stress and up your happy factor.

Happiness tip #9: Accept what is
Your perception is reality. If you look around you and everything is wonderful but you remain unhappy and unfulfilled, then the problem lies within you, with how you think or perceive life. In the article Enjoy what is, our health and wellness experts suggest that you learn to accept what is, cultivate a grateful attitude toward everything and give yourself permission to feel good and enjoy your life. Sometimes simply giving yourself permission to be happy is all it takes to eliminate and move beyond your limiting beliefs. You have permission! Be happy.

Happiness tip #10: Put the secrets of happiness into play
In my article The five secrets to happiness, John Izzo PhD, who is the author of The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, says “It is not enough to know the secrets, we must live them. Someone once told me ‘If you want to live a happy life; ask someone who has lived one’.”

Finding happiness is as easy as putting the secrets of happiness into daily practice – and just think, you’ll be discovering happiness for yourself and fostering it in those around you, too.

Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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25 ways to reduce stress

We all experience stress from time to time. When stress gets to be too much, it can take a toll on our health and wellbeing. That’s why effective stress relievers are essential in restoring inner peace and physical health. Here is a growing list of stress relievers that can help you feel less affected by stress in your life.

Hang an Aromatheraputic Wreath in your home

Guided Imagery
Self-Hypnosis
Autogenics
Journaling
Meditation
PMR
Yoga
Breathing
Playing Games
Sex
Laughter
Biofeedback
Music Therapy
Take a Walk
Plant a Garden
Time Management
Listen To Music
Eat a Balanced Diet
Learn Assertive Communication Skills
Enjoy Aromatherapy
Reduce Caffeine Intake
Drink in Moderation
Don’t Procrastinate
Drink Green Tea

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You have always wondered……

History of the Wreath

The wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. Originally, the circlet was called a “diadem” and took the form of fabric headbands which were sometimes adorned with jewels. Beginning in 776 B.C., wreaths made of laurel leaves were used to crown victors of Olympic Games. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches of local trees.
Exactly when the transition from head ornament to wall decoration occurred is unclear. It is likely that celebration attendees simply hung the leafy headbands on their walls as souvenirs. Today, beautifully decorated wreaths are not only an integral part of the December holidays, but they’re popular throughout the year, decorated to fit each season.
Perhaps the loveliest use of this symbol is the Advent wreath. Although its true origin is not know, some believe it was inspired by the Swedish Crown of Lights, a candle-bearing crown worn by young Swedish girls on St. Lucia’s Day. St. Lucia was a young Christian martyr who gave her entire dowry to the poor

The making of wreaths is an ancient and honored art that began about a thousand years before the birth of Christ. The Christmas Wreath symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and celebration. the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door of your home probably came from this practice. At Christmas, the wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality. the circle and the sphere are symbols of immortality. The use of evergreens and wreaths as symbols of life was also an ancient custom of the Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews among other people.

The use of evergreens for Christmas wreaths and other decorations probably arose in northern Europe, Italy and Spain in the early 19th century. The traditional colors of Christmas are green and red. Green represents the continuance of life through the winter and the Christian belief in eternal life through Christ. Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed at his crucifixion. but for most of the 20th century, the word “wreath” conjured up visions of rings of evergreens with red ribbons hung on doors at Christmas. The traditional Christmas wreath is hung anytime from right after Thanksgiving to mid-December and left hanging through the winter months.
Did you Know

In the early days in Europe, people would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made of quite exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Today, wreaths are a common custom in New England, with a different wreath for each season.
While the history of the wreath has been overlooked by many, their symbolism is both educational and spiritual, these wreaths I make are good for balance in ones life, celebration or vistory in any situation of importance or declaration, and have aromatheraputic attributes which contribute to several health benefits! Please check out my wreaths at http://www.wreathconnection.com or add me to your myspace at Wreathconnection last name… connection

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Some Great Facts about Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other aromatic compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person’s mood or health. Scientific evidence is weak and preliminary but mildly encouraging for a limited number of claims. Essential oils differ in chemical composition from other herbal products because the distillation process only recovers the lighter phytomolecules. For this reason essential oils are rich in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, as well as other VOC substances (esters, aromatic compounds, non-terpene hydrocarbons, some organic sulfides etc.).

Aromatherapy is a generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of essential oils sometimes in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs. Popular use of these products include massaging products, medicine, or any topical application that incorporates the use of essential oils to their products. It has a particularly Western currency and persuasion. Medical treatment involving aromatic compounds may exist outside of the West, but may or may not be included in the term ‘aromatherapy’.

Aromatherapy has roots in antiquity with the use of aromatic oils. However, as currently defined, aromatherapy involves the use of distilled plant volatiles, a twentieth century innovation. The word “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils after an accident in his perfume laboratory. In the accident, he set his arm on fire and thrust it into the nearest cold liquid, which happened to be a vat of NOx Ph232 or more commonly known as lavender oil. Immediately he noticed surprising pain relief, and instead of requiring the extended healing process he had experienced during recovery from previous burns—which caused redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, and scarring–this burn healed remarkably quickly, with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Jean Valnet continued the work of Gattefossé. During World War II Valnet used essential oils to treat gangrene in wounded soldiers.

Essential oils: Fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through steam distillation (e.g. eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). However, the term is also occasionally used to describe fragrant oils extracted from plant material by any solvent extraction.
Absolutes: Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction (e.g. rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and enfleurage pommades using ethanol.
Phytoncides: Various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes. Many terpene-based fragrant oils and sulfuric compounds from plants in the genus “Allium” are phytoncides, though the latter are likely less commonly used in aromatherapy due to their disagreeable odors.
Herbal distillates or hydrosols: The aqueous by-products of the distillation process (e.g. rosewater). There are many herbs that make herbal distillates and they have culinary uses, medicinal uses and skin care uses. Common herbal distillates are rose, lemon balm and chamomile.
Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant material (e.g. infusion of chamomile)
Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base triacylglycerides that dilute essential oils for use on the skin (e.g. sweet almond oil)
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