Aromatherapy Gifting Guide

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2021

Aromatherapy Gifting Guide

We wanted to offer some tips and ideas when giving aromatherapy gifts, especially with our 25% off sale on select essential oil products (25% Off Sale at Quella.store)

Some important variables to keep in mind while buying essential oils & aromatherapy products for others are...

  • Who is it for? (Think demographically)
  • How are they going to use it? (On their skin? Inhalation only?)
  • What is the intended result? (What do they need help with?)
  • Known favorites? (Scent preference matters!)

 

Who is it for?

Children:

  • Crowd pleasers like Lavender or Calming blend made simple in roll-on bottles!
  • Refresh, Breathe Clear, or Lucid Mind Patches to stay alert while at school.

Parents:

  • Diffusers for home or office help cleanse the air and uplift spirits by day, or offer relaxation at night.
  • Basics include Lavender, Mandarin, Peppermint and Frankincense, enjoy mixing and creating new aromas in your diffuser!

Elderly: 

  •  Aromatherapy Inhalation...
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The Ethics of Sourcing Essential Oils

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2021
 

"Where do you get your oils from?" is a common and important question I am frequently asked, by both retail consumers and the medical communities I serve.

Typically, essential oil buyers want help understanding what testing is done for purity and authenticity, or if the oils are grown without pesticides, and if they are organic.
"Are your oils therapeutic grade?" became the most asked question since the late 1990's when big sales companies began and coined the term "therapeutic grade" to distinguish their products from commercially grown and processed oils. 

This term - requires some time to educate customers about the world of sourcing essential oils for companies like mine. We provide these answers on our website here.

I source the essential oils I use in Quella's products from time tested, respected farms, distillers, and suppliers that grow and produce essentials oils specifically for use in aromatherapy. My reputation as a business owner,...

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Restoring Connection through Aromatherapy

helpful advice Aug 12, 2021

Restoring Connection through Aromatherapy


              Connection is one of the most essential needs of human beings. The mutual exchange of energy fosters acceptance, love, and allows for individuals to feel heard and seen. This improves the wellbeing of a person by increasing self-esteem, happiness, and the overall satisfaction of one’s life. When connection is cut-off, studies have shown that health declines both physically and emotionally, self-care routines are diminished, and relationships can struggle.
              One study showed that "a lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure", and inversely, a strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity, strengthens our immune system, and helps us recover from disease faster. People who feel more...

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"Aromatic Chat" Podcast with Melissa Holman

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2021

In December, I was asked to be a guest on Melissa Holman's podcast, Aromatic Chat, and we had a wonderful conversation. Melissa is a Registered Aromatherapist, Life Coach, Author, and an amazing podcast host through her company, Aromatic Remedies.


I've re-capped the conversation below to read, but you can listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Music, or if you prefer a video, on Youtube.

 

Melissa asked me how I got my start in the field, and how my initial interests in the field established the blossoming business that I run now!

I was introduced to essential oils. like many others, thru a multi-level marketing company selling essential oils in 1999.
Their focus was on recruiting others, sales were targeted at the public "playing doctor" by suggesting essential oils for certain health conditions at expos and classes, with a sales-focused educational level. After a few months, I realized their approach with essential oils was not for me.

I...

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Lost Your Sense of Smell? Retrain your Senses with Essential Oils!

Uncategorized Feb 05, 2021

Have You Experienced Loss of Smell Due to COVID-19? You Are Not Alone! 

Loss of smell and taste is currently affecting around 50% of COVID-19 patients.  For some people, this is the first symptom they notice before they get sick. Smell recovery typically occurs within a few months, but for others, it can take much longer for the olfactory system to recover normal smell and taste function. Read on to find out how essential oils can play a part of your recovery and help to retrain your olfactory system.

How Does COVID-19 Impact The Way We Smell?

It starts with our olfactory system. For more details about the olfactory system, read my blog, "How Do You Smell"!

COVID-19 can affect our olfactory system, two common side effects are:

  • Anosmia - This the medical term for loss of smell and is commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries, aging, chronic upper respiratory infections, and now with COVID.
  • Parosmia - Another olfactory condition affecting COVID 19...
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Positive Ways to Focus on Health!

aromatherapy self-care Dec 03, 2020

Hello,

I don't know about you, but when I'm extremely stressed, busy, or sick - I am rarely in the frame of mind to recall and use my skills and tools for self-care and regaining my health. Maybe it's the brain fog from a stuffy head or lack of sleep!
But remembering what you could do and having the energy to do it is a challenge even when we feel well! Self care truly is a skill that needs regular practice to cultivate as a natural habit.
 
These days we are inundated with heavy, triggering, and disheartening information - have you heard of the new term added to Meriam-Webster called doom scrolling? (You might want to look it up...) and its impact on emotions and mental health is astonishing. All this and more keeps our attention on the problem and our nervous systems in high gear also known as fight or flight.

So Let's Talk About Building Resilience, Self-Care, and Finding Time for Joy!

There is a universal principle that applies here: "energy flows where our...

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Response to UnWell Documentary - Essential Oils Episode

aromatherapy blog Sep 08, 2020

Have you seen the documentary "UnWell" yet?
Netflix describes it as: "A deep dive into the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. But do the products live up to the promises?"

The first episode is all about essential oils - it explores the "culture" around the modern uses of aromatherapy.  I cannot recommend this enough to anyone interested in essential oils, for doctors and nurses, parents of young children, and anyone who uses them!

This 54-minute documentary is an eye-opening look into the positives and negatives of aromatherapy as an alternative therapy. It discusses the pervasive and more harmful aspects of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) companies, the lack of public safety, and misleading practices.

There is so much to dive into that we decided to make this a series of blogs.
This has prompted me to publicly share my personal story about why I became a Certified Aromatherapist, as well as my perspective on this documentary.

This First...

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Face Mask + Essential Oils?

helpful advice Jun 12, 2020

Hello,

With many people wearing masks for extended periods of time - I thought it timely to provide you with tips and cautions in using essential oils on masks.
There's actually quite an interesting history around wearing aromatics within a facemask during a pandemic - Plague Dr. History!

Below are my thoughts on the matter, guided by the best practices of aromatherapy. I broke it down into the most frequent questions I am asked, and welcome any follow-up questions in the comments below!
Disclaimer: essential oils do not prevent the spread of COVID-19 & this blog does not make statements of such.

Question 1: Which Oils Should I Use?

The first step to selecting the oil to use,  is to ask “what is my goal?"
Goals might be to uplift and reduce stress, or cope with congestion or allergies, or how to keep my mask clean.  

To Help Reduce Stress?

  • To Uplift Emotions: Pick from flowers or fruits like Lavender, Chamomile, Mandarin, or Pink Grapefruit!
    For Grounding Chaotic...
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Helpful Tips for Stress Reduction

self-care Apr 02, 2020

Hello Everyone,
In these difficult and ever-changing times, we are grateful to be open and able to serve in our own unique way. 

We are ready to support you with your questions and concerns that may arise in these unusual circumstances.

Below you will find self-care tips for helping to cope with the additional stressors during these unprecedented times of change.

Taking a moment thru out the day, to breathe, connect with nature directly or via essential oils inhaled into your respiratory system relaxes your nervous system, and creates stress-reducing hormones. Immediately!


Now, More than Ever, We Need to
Practice Self Care & Stress Reduction

Self-care, protection, and stress management are our new priorities as we navigate our world today. It just so happens, this has been my wheelhouse for a very long time!

Healthcare professionals trust my products to help patients and residents in hospitals and long term care facilities across the U.S.
These products are also safe and...

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New Research: Nurse Stress Reduction with Aromatherapy

research Jan 02, 2020


New Research Study involving Jodi Baglien's Aromatherapy Inhalation Patches


"Impact of Essential Oils via Aromatherapy Patches on Nurses' Experience of Stress and Fatigue"

Patches Aren't Just for Patients!

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Marni Reven MSN, RN, RA, on her pilot initiative with the use of our Aromatherapy Patches at West Virginia University Cancer Institute.
Marni and her team chose to focus on the well being of the Nurses at the Infusion Center in this pilot project, with a future goal to bring Aromatherapy into patient care.

This study, though modest, provides evidence using quality practices and measures and fills the gap in the literature for high-quality aromatherapy research.

I also want to mention that Marni was one of many who presented their Posters at the 2019 Alliance of International Aromatherapist (AIA) Conference, and won the People's Choice Award for her outstanding work!

Below please find a quick recap of the study and links for more...

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