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Aromatherapy for Wellness

Course Title: Aromatherapy for Wellness
WELL 880SC – Online
94597 – WELL 880SC,  48 hours, Teacher Leary, Units 3.0

Get Registered by August 17.  Classes begin August 18.

WEBSMART:  Online Registration is https://websmart.smccd.edu

There is an ONLINE orientation course, and required for new students.  Call the Counseling Center 650-738-4318 if you’d like assistance.
Must have internet access and an email address. Email for instructor is learym@smccd.edu
Website: www.skylinecollege.edu
You can also audit for $15/unit. This is a great benefit, if you are not continuing your education at a 4 year college, or getting a certificate.

Health and Wellness Classes at our Junior Colleges

  • Skyline College has many healthy classes:  Massage Therapy, Wellness, Yoga, Dance, Fitness.
  • College of San Mateo has yoga and fittness certification classes, dance classes and more.

FEES:  This is an online class at Skyline College in San Bruno. Since it is an online class, it doesn’t much matter WHERE you live. If you are in California, you get resident rates for a class $46/unit. (Non-Residents / Foreign Students are $210 / unit)
No need to pay for parking, but that is $51/semester or half-price for the summer. There are hourly and daily parking ticket machines, if you want to come for a visit, to pick up books or visit a educational counselor.
Distance students are exempt from Health Services $19 Semester, which entitles you to various services at the Health Center (it is limited, but can be helpful.) . if you are not on campus, you do not need to pay for Student Body.

Pay fees at the Registrar office or call 650-738-4101.  (Credit cards are accepted.)

Help with Fees:  Scholarships for books and fees are available, that is another application. There are Veteran’s benefits and people are available to give you a hand with the paperwork (check out the Veteran’s Resource Center in Building 2, 3rd floor, Room 2350). Give yourself some extra time if you are doing this for the first time. Ask questions if you don’t understand all the steps in this process.

B Clean!!

Take a look at this informative and comprehensive TV show / Blog / FAQ: This issue is focused on Spring Cleaning with lots of natural recipes that are made of white distilled vinegar, olive oil, essential oils, baking soda, castile soap….  Jenn will teach you… the fun way.

A Better Way to Clean — See it here! 


About Jen Boulden and JenBTV Light Green Living

Mountain Rose Organic Herbs

A great resource for learning MORE about herbs and healing. Thanks Mountain Rose Herbs of Eugene, OR for helping all us become part of this healthy community. They also offer a 25% discount for students attending these classes.

You can get a free catalog, their prices are reasonable and they have loads of experience – since 1987.

In addition, Mountain Rose also has community projects – volunteer, learn, get out there – take a look at their great site.

Mountain Rose Herbs
PO Box 50220
Eugene, OR 97405
ice (800) 879-3337
Fax (510) 217-4012
International Calls (541) 741-7307

Customer Service – customerservice@mountainroseherbs.com
(For general questions about our products, services, and your order related inquiries)

Catalog Requests – catalog@mountainroseherbs.com
(For all free catalog requests. US residents only)

Take Inventory: essential oils for the home and beyond

Autumn is the quintessential season of transition and looking ahead. As summer winds down, it’s the ideal time to take stock and stock up on home items. If you’re cleaning out closets for a wardrobe change or putting fresh, homegrown food up for the winter, the fall season is also a good time to check your stash of essential oils and craft the ideal line-up of essences for the seasons to come.

Many important oils such as lavender and peppermint are freshly distilled in the summer and are now widely available. Citrus oils such as sweet orange and lemon should be used up or replaced yearly to ensure that you have the optimal quality and quantity of oil.

As the summer fades away, and we head toward winter, I often have trouble sleeping. I use lavender. Before bed rub a few drops into the souls of your feet. It will help calm you and you’ll sleep better. Continue to do this, and just smelling lavender will create a relaxation response. It is a olofactory reminder that it is time to take a deep breath and rest.   — the editor

Below is a basic essential oil inventory list that covers all of the various scents and benefits that any at-home aromatherapist needs for crafting DIY beauty products, home-care applications or gifts to give. We’ve broken the list into three separate categories as a suggestion to help guide and prioritize your purchasing power.

Can’t Live Without

This group will cover all of the basic benefits: Relaxation, Purification, Soothing and Energizing.

LavenderTea TreeEucalyptusPeppermint

Always Useful

These oils blend well with just about everything letting you create your own uniquely customized blends and benefits.

LemonSweet OrangeGeraniumClary SagePatchouliVetiverCedarwood

Little Indulgences

These rich and radiant oils are little investments in luxury as well as premium aromatherapy benefits.

SandalwoodYlang YlangRose OttoRose AbsoluteNeroliJasmineFrankincenseMyrrh

Aura Cacia is a good resource on oils, this article is from their site.

Please also refer to this detailed guide to Essential Oils and vibrational frequencies.

Essential Oils

Pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance

The average frequencies of therapeutic grade essential oils that have been measured:

• Rose (Rosa damascene)……………………..320 MHz

• Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)……..118 MHz

• Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)…………….105 MHz

• Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)….105 MHz

• Aloes/Sandalwood (Santalum album)……96 MHz

• Peppermint (Mentha peperita)…………..78 MHz

• Basil (Ocimum basilicum)………………….52 MHz


The measured frequencies of essential oils begin at 52 MHz, the frequency of basil oil, and go as high as 320 MHz — the frequency of rose oil. Fresh produce has a frequency up to 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12 to 22 MHz, and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 MHz. Processed and canned foods have no measurable frequency. The human body vibrating within its normal vibratory range between 62 and 68 MHz is considered in a state of health. But energy disturbances in the subtle bodies will actually precede the appearance of disease and illness in the physical body.

• Human cells can start to change (mutate) when their frequency drops below 62MHz.

• 58 MHz is the frequency of your body when you have a cold or the flu.

• When candida is present within your body, you vibrate at a frequency of 55MHz.

• 52 MHz is the frequency of a body with Epstein- Barr virus present.

• 42 MHz is the frequency of a body wherein cancer can appear.

• When the death process begins – the frequency has been measured at 20 MHz.

The intention of this healing process is to provide the correct frequency that will bring the body back to a state of coherence, to a state of equilibrium. Terry Friedman, in his book, Freedom Through Health tells us that raising our vibrational frequency aids in “restoring health to the body, clarity to the mind and attunement to the spirit.”

Essential oils in the higher frequency ranges tend to influence the emotions. EOs in the lower frequencies have more effect on structural and physical changes, including cells, hormones, and bones, as well as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Essential oils don’t resonate with the toxins in our bodies. This incompatibility is what helps eliminate the toxins from our systems. Neither do they resonate with negative emotions. So they can help dislodge forgotten traumas by surfacing them in our consciousness where we can deal with them and let them go.


Emotions & Essential oils by Daniel Macdonald

Essential oils are widely used for their physical health benefits, but few have understood the scope of their healing capabilities.

In this, the first installment in the series, Daniel Macdonald introduces essential oils as powerful emotional healers. This groundbreaking manual bridges the gap between the physical and emotional aspects of essential oils and creates a user-friendly guide for taking charge of emotional health.

Each of the listed essential oils and blends is analyzed for its effect on feelings and emotions. This easy to follow reference will help you come to know the oils in a new way and more fully appreciate their distinct healing qualities. For long-time oil enthusiasts and beginners alike, Emotions & Essential Oils will inspire you with the genius and beauty of Mother Nature’s finest of gifts.


Thanks Maralies for sharing this information. 

Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet!

So many ingredients are not good our our health, but they are added anyway. Some fragrances make OTC solutions a danger to kids that think they are soda… and just another thought, do we need all that stuff anyway.

Antacids – try an apple a day. It may take the pain away.

Mouthwash – read the article below, pick an old favorite – warm water and salt, or see the suggestions below.

Colds and Flu – try doTerra natural pure essential oils – they can reduce inflamation (like DigestZen and Lavender)  and make it easier to relax and sleep (Breathe).

doTerra and others have this: look for the marking, CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® 

Preservatives – Have you ever tried making a fresh batch of the basic items. You can do it, recipes are avaiable on the ‘net. Just Google. To get you started here is an article on mouthwash. Read it all – you’ll be motivated to clean your drugs out (bring them to the police or local hospital for disposal), and try natural solutions.

Bin to Bathroom – What is Recyclable? 

A little mouthwash to make your tongue and gums feel fresh and clean? Beware, you may be swilling a mouthful of chemicals that will give you more to worry about than bad breath. Pat Thomas reports

INGREDIENTS: Alcohol, Sorbitol, Aroma, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium saccharin, Eucalyptol, Methyl salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium fluoride, CI 42053, CI 47005    

We all know that brushing and flossing keep teeth and gums healthy. Nevertheless, in the pursuit of the perfect smile consumers are currently being encouraged ‘to develop a repertoire of oral care purchases’ – in other words, buy more stuff.

Traditionally a mouthwash is an antiseptic gargle that helps remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. But today mouthwashes claim to fight plaque, strengthen teeth, prevent tooth decay and provide all-day freshness as well. Potential mouthwash users are apparently one of the great untapped markets and strategies to exploit this market, particularly in the UK, have paid off. Last year Brits bought 34 million bottles of mouthwash. According to Pfizer Ltd, owners of the Listerine brand, more than 900,000 people in the UK started using outhwash for the first time last year and over half these were purchasing Listerine, the UK’s number one brand. In the US, 147 million bottles of mouthwash flew off the shelves, with Listerine accounting for 53 per cent of these sales.

Occasionally, however, marketeers push too far. Earlier this year print ads for Listerine featured a bottle balanced on a scale opposite a floss container, and said: ‘Listerine antiseptic is clinically proven to be as effective as floss at reducing plaque and gingivitis between the teeth.’ A US federal judge ruled this was false, misleading and constituted a public health risk.

Although mostly water, today’s magic bullet mouthwashes are also full of harsh chemicals.

Long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes dries and changes the pH of the mouth and throat and is associated with an increased risk of mouth and throat cancers. If a mouthwash contains a harsh detergent like cocamidopropyl betaine, this compounds the damage. Listerine contains a slightly milder detergent, Poloxamer 407, but its unique qualities – being soluble in liquids at low temperature, but turning into a gel at higher temperatures (ie body temperature) – makes it a film former, keeping other toxic ingredients on the surface of the mouth for longer.

Mouthwashes also commonly contain fluoride, a systemic poison, and this product is no exception. It contains both sorbitol and more worryingly saccharin, which causes bladder cancer in animals.

Finally there are synthetic colours, aromas and flavourings. Flavourings and aromas are basically perfumes. At best they mask odour temporarily; and since they are composed of volatile solvents, they can also alter the basic flora of the mouth in the same way as alcohol and may cause dermatitis around the mouth. Combinations of several strong flavourings may be particularly irritating, and methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), eucalyptol (oil of eucalyptus) and thymol – even if they are naturally derived – are also highly toxic. Just 10ml of methyl salicylate can poison a child; 30ml can poison an adult.

In addition, bright colours and nice smells mean that children find mouthwashes so intriguing that each year hundreds accidentally get smashed on as little as two ounces. So do adults; earlier this year an American woman was arrested for drunk driving after drinking three glasses of Listerine.


Alcohol Antiseptic, antibacterial > Dries and denatures mucous membranes in the mouth; changes mouth and throat pH; promotes mouth and throat cancer.

Sorbitol > Sweetener, tartar control agent > Mostly safe, but if swallowed can cause bloating, diarrhoea.

Aroma > Fragrance > Perfume by another name, composed mostly of solvents; drying to the mouth and potentially neurotoxic; allergic reactions may mimic common dental problems such as bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, gingivitis.

Poloxamer 407 > Surfactant, detergent, film former > Chemically similar to polypropylene glycol (PPG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), thus potentially contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, impurities linked to breast cancer. In medicine it’s a vehicle for injected drugs and an ointment and suppository base.

Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate > Preservative, antibacterial > Allergens, sensitisers; urticaria, asthma, rhinitis and anaphylactic shock have all been reported following oral, dermal or inhalation exposure to both substances.

Sodium saccharin > Sweetener > Carcinogenic – linked to bladder cancer in animals. Banned in US.

Eucalyptol (Oil of Eucalyptus) > Fragrance, antiseptic > Allergic skin, nose and eye reactions, inhalation may trigger asthma; vocal cord dysfunction in sensitive individuals. Ingestion can cause vomiting, stomach pains, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, bleeding, coma and death.

Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen) > Fragrance, antiseptic > Respiratory tract, skin and eye irritation; allergic reactions; small ingested amounts are fatal to young children; may cause reactions in aspirin-sensitive people.

Thymol Fragrance, antiseptic > Derived from thyme oil; harmful if swallowed, may cause irritation to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, affects central nervous system. Common fungicide.

Menthol Fragrance, antiseptic > Irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

Sodium fluoride > Antibacterial > strengthens tooth enamel Fluorosis – spotting, mottling and yellowing of the teeth especially in children; osteoporosis – ingested fluoride leeches calcium from he bones; allergy/hypersensitivity reactions; ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain and diarrhoea.

CI 42053, CI 47005 > Colourings > CI 42053 (Fast Green FCF) is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant; the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists this coal tar dye as an animal carcinogen. CI 47005 (Quinoline Yellow) is a coal tar dye that causes contact dermatitis and sensitisation. Banned in the Australia, USA and Norway.

NOTE: Space restrictions prohibit full referencing, however Behind the Label draws on data from published studies and reports in medical, scientifi c and trade journals, government sponsored databases (e.g. the US National Library of Medicine) and relevant Material Data Safety sheets (MSDS).


Bad breath comes from sulphur-producing bacteria on the tongue. With good basic oral hygiene – including keeping your tongue clean – mouthwash is not necessary. If you have persistent bad breath it could be because of gum disease or some other underlying infection. A trip to the dentist is what’s needed. For mouthwash die-hards there are several more natural products that are alcohol-free and don’t contain such a large collection of worrying ingredients. The following products are alcohol- and saccharin-free:

Aloe Dent Mouthwash
KiwiHerb Manuka Mouthwash New Zealand Natural Food Company
Sarakan Mouthfresh Arrowmed Ltd
Tom’s Baking Soda Mouthwash

This article first appeared in the Ecologist October 2005