Aromatherapy Blog

  • CFA School Spotlight: Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies

    British Columbia, Canada CFA School Spotlight: Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies Instructors: Dr. Kelly Ablard, Colleen Thompson Madel...
  • Aromatherapy for Seasonal Emotional Disorder

    By Emma Huang, -CAPH® I believe everyone enjoys the peaceful beauty of winter scenery. However, prolonged periods of cold, snowy weather and limite...
  • How did you start your aromatherapy journey?

    By Sze Nga Ip CAHP® I am always interested in knowing why people turn to aromatherapy in the first place. My reason was a simple one. I was talkin...
  • Aromatherapy’s Effects on Pain

      By Laura Jones CAHP®/  RMT. Aromatherapy has been used since 3500 BC and utilized by noted healers including Hippocrates in the 5th century BC....
  • Reducing Allergic Skin Reactions With Essential Oils

    Lately, I've come across a lot of concerns around allergies, more specifically allergic reactions in the skin. I found a few oils that have powerful effects on healing skin and reducing the discomfort associated with allergic reactions. 
  • 30th Anniversary Recap

    The CFA celebrated its 30th anniversary this past June with a live, in-person event in Mono, ON. After so many years of Zoom meetings and classes, it was wonderful to gather with our peers and smell beautiful oils!

  • Summer Skin Care: 10 Steps to Glowing Skin

    It’s almost officially summer, a time when the sun’s rays warm your skin, flowers bloom in our gardens, and music fills the air. This month, Sheri Westenberg discloses the secrets to keeping your skin nourished, protected, and radiant all summer long.
  • Five Amazing Essential Oils for Wound Healing

    When we are deciding which oils to use on a wound, it is important to understand what you are trying to fix. Is your skin dry or cracked? Is it swollen, warm and tender? Is there pus or any active infection? What is the stage of healing? We can choose essential oils based on their properties, like anti-inflammatory to reduce the painful swelling and throbbing you feel. We might also want an oil that is bactericidal to help kill off the bacteria causing trouble!
  • Aromatherapy Gardener’s Almanac for 2023

    Is your green thumb getting itchy like mine? Do you have a hundred seed containers on the kitchen counter vying for your attention? There’s lots to plan. Sort those wonderful ideas into tidy to-do lists so your garden, window sill or front walkways can be full of aromatic plants all through the growing season. Refresh your memory or maybe learn something new from the following gardening guidelines.
  • Three Mistakes I No Longer Make with Essential Oils

    Welcome the world of essential oils, where there is just as much magic as there is misinformation. One of the most common marketing slogans I’ve heard is, “There’s an oil for that!” Anxiety? Here’s lavender! Got a headache? Here’s peppermint. Can’t sleep? Well, vetiver and marjoram are the obvious choice! However, while essential oils work, there is so much more to know—especially when you want to use them safely.

  • Enhancing your Mediation Practice with Essential Oils

    Have you ever considered adding essential oils to your meditation practice? If you haven’t, let me tell you why you’re missing out. If you have, I would love to take this opportunity to tell you why you should definitely keep up the good work! To understand why this is amazing, we must talk a bit about the brain, the olfactory system, and how essential oils work their magic during meditation.

  • Giving the Gift of Relaxation

    ’Tis the season to celebrate with our family and friends! It is a beautiful time of unity, connection, reconciliation and, well, of course, gift giving. Let me tell you about the gift of aroma massage!