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How an Orange Blossom Led Me to a Career In Aromatherapy

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How an Orange Blossom Inspired my Aromatherapy Career

By: Vickie Nichols, B.A., M.S.

How It All Blossomed

I remember the first time the scent of orange blossom/neroli wafted my way.  It was 1969. I had just dropped out of University of Northern Iowa and moved to Tucson to stay with my mom and dad until I figured out my next move.   They lived in an older section of Tucson, near the University of Arizona, where the little strip between the sidewalks and the streets had been planted with the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium).

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Vickie & The Orange Blossom circa 1969. She made that dress, too!

As yet, I had never heard the word “aromatherapy.”  But I knew I loved that smell and wanted to continue to smell it for as long as possible.  It would take me another 20 years to find aromatherapy, but I am most grateful that I did.

Capturing the beauty of the past

Today, I make a natural perfume that I call Joy.  It is a combination of the essential oils distilled and pressed from various parts of the tree :  neroli (Citrus aurantium) from the orange blossoms, petitigrain (Citrus aurantium) from the leaves and twigs, and bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) from the peel of the fruit.  The scents blend beautifully and complement one another as they all come from the same tree.

I have been using aromatherapy most days in some form or other for the past 27 years.  I enjoy the many levels of use that are available; from making more complicated products such as crème or something as simple as putting a drop of lavender or spearmint on a tissue for an inhalation.

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Making Life a Little Sweeter with Every Drop

One of the things I love best about aromatherapy is its value.  A scent has the power to transcend time, and bring back sweet memories from your past. It can also help create new memories, calm anxieties, and make life a little bit sweeter; all without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Most essential oils are inexpensive to moderately priced, and can be added into massage oils, lotions, and room sprays.  The neroli – which I mentioned earlier – is not so cheap.   A 10 ml or 1/3 oz. bottle has approximately 200 drops.  Because you only need one or two for an inhalation, perhaps a bit more if you are using an electric diffuser, it is a very cost effective complimentary therapy.  Not only that, but it smells GREAT!!

Aromatherapy is safe to use provided you follow safety guidelines.  A good place to find that information is the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.  You can find them here: www.NAHA.org.  

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the aromatherapy provided by Mother Nature.  Walk outside or open a window, take a moment and breathe in the wonderful scents she has provided.

 

Vickie Nichols, CNW School of Massage TherapyVickie Nichols, B.A., M.S.

Vickie teaches Aromatherapy at CNW: School of Massage Therapy. She has a M.S. in counseling from SUNY, and an LLSA from the London School of Aromatherapy.  For more information, like her FB Page: Facebook.com/Victorias-Essentials and visit her Aromatherapy Shop page: www.true-aromatherapy.com/ for a wide variety of products including: special blends, massage oils and massage lotions.

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