April 24, 2018

Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene

Pinene is a monoterpene found in balsam fir, cajuput, cumin, cypress, frankincense, juniper, angelica, nutmeg, pine, rosemary, and coriander. If oxidation occurs, pinenes can cause skin irritation.  Oxidation occurs when essential oils are exposed to oxygen due to poor storage and old age. Monoterpenes are odorless, highly volatile, prone to oxidation, […]
December 3, 2018

Why Did I Stop Using Certain Frankincense Essential Oils?

Stop Using Frankincense?!? How can I say this?  I love frankincense!  It is a sacred tree and its resin produces an amazing essential oil! Threatened Species But, several frankincense species are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  That means, its populations are dwindling at a concerning rate.  Thus, […]
May 16, 2019

Threatened / Endangered Essential Oil Species

By:  Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist (ARC), Professional NAHA and AIA Member, LMT This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Autumn, 2017) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. Introduction The growing popularity of herbal medicine and essential oils has […]