an aromatic exploration & smell tour
Where: PETALUMA SENIOR CENTER
211 Novak Drive, Petaluma
When: Monday, May 9th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
FREE or by donation
Other than Tea Tree Oil, Lavender is by far the best known and most commonly used essential oil in traditional aromatherapy. But what do we really know about it? Of the dozens of brands of Lavenders for sale, how do you know if you are purchasing a genuine, a hybrid, an adulterated essential oil, or a totally synthetic fragrance? Why are they different prices?
By understanding the relationship between aroma and chemical composition, and by observing that essential oils are influenced by many factors – such as geographical origin (e.g., climate, soil, altitude), hybridizing, age and yield – we will grasp how easy they are to adulterate. We will look at a multitude of Lavenders, real and unreal, comparing scents, and learning their specific uses in practice. Feel free to bring any Lavender oils you may have at home for us to evaluate in class!
We will also consider pairings of essential oils that blend well with Lavender. This is a real “nose-opening” class designed to illuminate the beauty and complexity of the Lavandula family. Even with relatively little formal training in aromatherapy, each of you will be able to more clearly identify individual compounds – both natural and synthetic – and will be given many ideas and applications for this incredibly useful plant.
Julia Fischer is a lover and enthusiastic voice of aromatic plants with over 35 years of experience studying, teaching and practicing aromatherapy. She has contributed to or consulted on numerous articles and books about essential oils and natural healing. A seasoned instructor, her emphasis on aromatic chemistry, made accessible to even the beginning student, is key to understanding the pharmacology of essential oils. Her classes cover all aspects of aromatherapy – from the chemical to the alchemical – and are hugely empowering for anyone interested in aromatherapeutics and health independence.