Friday, 29 November 2013

SP 60 study oils sorted by top, middle and base notes

Available in cut sheets of bottle labels to help oil identification

Red Blue Green

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Top ten Sp essential oils - which oils should I order for a Spa?

Which essential oils are commonly used in Spas?  At the foot of the page is the Sp list of 100 Pure essential Oils and 100 Organic essential Oils.

Top ten organic oils generally ordered in 30ml and 100ml sizes
Bergamot, Eucalyptus Globulus, Geranium, Grapefruit. Lavender. Lemon. Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, 
Ylang Ylang

Precious oils in 3ml sizes
Jasmine, Neroli and Rose Otto

Other oils ordered in 5ml and 10ml sizes
Pure Oils
Basil, Benzoin, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Juniperberry, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Organic oils
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Ginger, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Pepper Black, Peppermint, Pine, 

For those nagging winter ailments in the cold and flu season use your fragrant arsenal of Peppermint. Eucalyptus and Tea tree.   Method of use - 4 drops to diffuse, inhale from a tissue or flannel.    The oils derived from plants are highly concentrated, and some can cause problems so must be used in accordance with the safety instructions that accompany them.  A local aromatherapist will always be pleased to advise on effective and safe essential oil use. The oils are not edible unless marked on the label as edible oils and should always be used in diluted form in a vegetable oil or white lotion if applied to the skin.  

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Aromatherapy blending - Going Under the Bonnet with Organic chemistry

Essential oil properties by chemical composition
Essential oil Chemistry handout

The Rule of Threes.  Essential oils are mixes of naturally occuring organic chemicals.  Plants have evolved to create visually and chemically pleasing and useful displays for animals.  Man in particular appreciates the power of scent.

According to their chemistry essential oils are categorised as relaxing, balancing or stimulating.  With our Chemistry knowledge we can prepare the following table of the oils commonly used by aromatherapists.  We can see Helichrysum, Chamomile, Eucalyptus citriadora are relaxing oil oils useful after trauma.  Melissa with its balancing qualities and low content of stimulating components might be expected to be good for agitation. Lavender is both a relaxing and stimulating oil, Bergamot similarly.

Cypress, Cedarwood Atlas balancing.  Vetiver another very valuable oil for sleep both balancing and stimulating. From its uses in sedation you may think Marjoram sweet is quite a relaxing oil but it is stimulating. Basil another nervous tonic is stimulating.  I have noticed it is always the most stimulating stories which put children to sleep!  Patchouli, Frankincense balancing and stimulating.

The florals Jasmine though relaxing and balancing is stimulating, Neroli, Rose Otto are stimulating.Ylang naturally extends Jasmine, Rose Otto is extended by Geranium in a blend.

Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, Sandalwood are stimulating.  No suprises there. Geranium is very useful for aggressive teenagers.  The Citrus oils Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange naturally straightforwardly refreshing and stimulating and following research these oils are commonly used for environmental enhancement, in shower products and of course as juices. 

Oils for antimicrobial use like thyme, tea tree, eucalyptus globulus and savory are straightforwardly stimulating.  Be aware increased bloodflow to the brain as a result of using antiseptic oils in the workspace environment or in a treatment can result in headaches.

An appreciation of organic chemistry, oil testing and analysis is part of accredited aromatherapy training.The next Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma Module One is 24-28th February 2014.
Meet the Tutor Jan Benham

Table of Essential oils by properties

relaxing balancing stimulating
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) 90% 10% 0%
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) 83% 4% 13%
Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) 80% 5% 15%
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) 80% 3% 17%
Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin) 70% 15% 15%
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) 70% 7% 23%
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) 59% 5% 36%
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) 58% 32% 10%
Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinale) 57% 17% 27%
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amara)  55% 6% 40%
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 50% 7% 43%
May Chang (Litsea Cubeba citrata) 50% 0% 50%
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) 48% 50% 2%
Cardomon (Eletaria Cardamomon) 45% 0% 55%
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) 41% 8% 51%
Lavandin (Lavendula Burnati) 40% 4% 56%
Thyme sweet (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool) 40% 15% 45%
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) 36% 9% 55%
Spruce, Black (Picea mariana) 36% 6% 58%
Geranium Egyptian (Pelargonium graveolens) 27% 6% 67%
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Cineole) 26% 11% 63%
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) 20% 4% 76%
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica) 19% 52% 29%
Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara) 17% 8% 75%
Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) 15% 8% 77%
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) 15% 45% 40%
Ylang Ylang extra (Cananga odorata) 15% 54% 30%
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) 12% 3% 85%
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) 9% 60% 31%
Marjoram Spanish (Thymus mastichina) 9% 3% 88%
Myrhh (Commiphora myrrha) 8% 49% 43%
Fir Balsam (Abies alba) 7% 3% 90%
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) 5% 9% 86%
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) 5% 3% 92%
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) 5% 0% 95%
Pine, Scotch (Pinus sylvestris) 5% 20% 75%
Rose otto (Rosa damascena) 5% 13% 82%
Pepper Black (Piper nigrum) 4% 32% 64%
Lemon (Citrus limon) 4% 7% 89%
Orange Sweet (Citrus aurantium var sinensis) 4% 6% 90%
Basil a linalool (Ocimum basilicum) 3% 7% 90%
Carrotseed (Daucus carota) 3% 49% 22%
Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) 3% 27% 70%
Marjoram Sweet (Origanum majorana) 3% 7% 90%
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) 2% 6% 92%
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) 2% 2% 97%
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) 2% 3% 95%
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) 2% 58% 40%
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) 1% 0% 99%
Bay (Pimenta racemosa) 0% 0% 100%
Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron) 0% 6% 94%
Cedarwood Virginian (Juniperus virginiana) 0% 70% 30%
Chamomile German (Chamomilla recutita) 0% 44% 56%
Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) 0% 7% 93%
Clove Bud (Syzgium aromaticum) 0% 9% 91%
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata) 0% 0% 80%
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) 0% 60% 40%
Juniperberry (Juniperus communis) 0% 15% 85%
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) 0% 11% 89%
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) 0% 18% 82%
Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum vieill) 0% 17% 83%
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) 0% 7% 93%

Further reading
1.  Caddy, R, "Essential Oils in COlour: Caddy Classic Profiles," Amberwood Publishing Ltd, Rochester, (2005)
Recommended weblinks
Shirley Price Aromatherapy Workbook
Chemical families
Essential oil chemistry

Essential oils for top ten uses - skincare symptom sorter

A poster for Shirley Price Natural Aromatherapy SkincareMuscle Pain
Clary sage, Marjoram sweet, Lavender
Soft muscle is relaxed by Rosemary

Hair growth 
A good Shirley Price scalp tonic blend contains Benzoin, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary
Bay oil is a traditional hair tonic
Repeatedly brushing the hair is a traditional way of encouraging a health scalp.

Argan vegetable oil is recommended for hair conditioning
A useful article on essential oils for the hair

A useful article on essential oils for anxiety
Research is focussing on melissa essential oil.  One of Britain's longest living men
attributed his longevity to a daily cup of Melissa tea made with fresh leaves picked from his garden

An article on essential oils for sleep
A combination of Lavender and Vetiver is recommended. Marjoram Sweet is effective but inhibits the libido

Dry skin
Essential oil skincare chart
geranium and lavender will be at the heart of the blend.
Shirley Price facial oils.

Effective oils are juniper berry, fennel sweet and cypress
Shirley Price cellulite mix

Natural cure for headache
Stimulating oils like tea tree and eucalyptus will increase the blood supply to the brain
and can bring on headaches.
First steps with essential oils, the care for range

Lavender in cold water will reduce the pain and swelling
Arnica gel

Lavender and Tea tree on the spots

Shirley Price products can be found at

ProblemSuggested SP ProductRef.
AcneSP Clear Skin Cream →5661
Aging SkinSP Rejuvenating Night Cream →5641
SP Frankincense and Rose Cream →5630
SP Superlight Eye Cream →5640
After SunSP Clear Aloe Gel →5601
BruisingSP Arnica Gel →5610
Blotchy SkinSP Special E Moisture Cream →5662
Breathing IssuesSP Breath Easy Moisture Cream →5665
Cellulite ReductionSP Banish Cellulite →5621
Circulation IssuesSP Moisturising Minute Gel Masque →5648
Dehydrated SkinSP Almond and Sandalwood Cream →5619
Dry SkinSP Neroli Hydrating Gel →5615
SP Classic Moisture Cream →5639
SP Frankincense Pretty Serum →5637
SP Evening Primrose Cream →5628
Eye LinesSP Superlight Eye Cream →5640
SP Eye Gel for Line Relief →5602
Eczema & Problematical SkinSP Special E Moisture Cream →5662
Exfoliation (Reaction To)SP Cypress Exfoliating Cream Masque →5649
Exfoliation (Dry Skin)SP Post-Epilation Moisture Cream →6018
Facial LinesSP Frankincense and Rose Cream →5630
Foot Problems…
→ Put a Spring Back!SP Warming Foot Cream →5609
→ DeodorisingSP Deodorising Foot Cream →5603
→ Exfoliating Dry SkinSP Exfoliating Foot Cream →5604
→ Nourish Dry SkinSP Foot Reflex Cream →5605
→ Re-InvigorateSP Peppermint Footagel →5606
→ Reduce SwellingSP Relaxing Foot Cream →5608
→ Tired And AchingSP Warmagel →5614
→ Athletes FootSP Fungagel →5617
Fungal InfectionsSP Tea Tree Cream →5632
InflammationSP Borage Gel to Re-Moisturise →5611
Itchy SkinSP Lavender Gel →5613
SP Clear Aloe Gel →5601
SP Comfrey Cream →5626
Mature SkinSP Moisturising Honey Masque →5647
Oily SkinSP Clear Skin Cream →5661
Puffy EyesSP Facial Treat Rejuvenator →5652
Red Skin PatchesSP Smoothagel/Rosegel →5616
Rosy Cheeks and/or NoseSP Smoothagel/Rosegel →5616
Scaly SkinSP Tea Tree Cream →5632
Scar CareSP Scar Repair Moisture Cream →5663
SP Facial Treat Rejuvenator →5652
Sensitive or Sore SkinSP Hypericum Cream →5631
SP Aloe Vera Special Cream →5620
SprainsSP Comfrey Cream →5626
Stretch MarksSP Care for Stretch Marks (125ml ready-mixed oil) →2104
SunburnSP Clear Aloe Gel →5601
Visible VeinsSP Visible Veins Moisture Cream →5666
In addition, for those who choose to use only natural products on their skin, the following 'every-day use' Shirley Price Natural Aromatherapy products are also in regular demand…
Make-Up RemoverSP Classic Cleansing Cream →5634
SP Classic Cleansing Milk →5635
Night Time Skin TreatSP Rejuvenating Night Cream →5641
Toning LotionSP Classic Toning Lotion →5636
Hand CareSP Hand & Body Lotion →5653
MoisturiserSP Classic Moisture Lotion →5638
SP Classic Moisture Cream →5639
SP Echinacea Cream →5627
Eye DropsSP Chamomile Eye Care →6022
RelaxationSP Chamomile Cream →5625
Anti-BacterialSP Tea Tree Cream →5632

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Shirley Price News

SPA news and look ahead to 2014 with Ian Brealey

 College News
Headlines - keynote seminar, details
we look forward to hosting the Robert Tisserand Weekend Seminar in Spring 2014
Aromatherapy Diploma Module One , details
Meet the tutor Jan Benham
Module one runs 24-28th February 2014 
and covers the class based therapeutic aromatherapy massage training This though required in spa/salons is optional for nurses and health professionals many of whom work in no touch environments
Workshops with Jan Benham FFHT MIFPA, Hinckley, Netherlands, Teaching in Asia
IFPA upgrade, Aromatherapy Diploma Module Five with Sue Jenkins BSc MIFPA
The Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma is accredited by IFPA and FHT
For training dates and bookings and preliminary interviews for the Aromatherapy Diploma
Kindly contact the College Secretary Rosie Brandrick T:01455 6154666

Product details can be found on

On this website there is LIVE CHAT available from 9am to 5pm for
any assistance required with the products or training

Contact Gill in Customer Service at

100 Pure Essential oils
also available 100 Organic Essential oils which have chemical analyses by batch so suitable for researchers
Carrier oils
Organic Hydrolats
Blended aromatherapy products, massage oils and mixes
100 pure and natural skincare products
Eyecare range
Sp green and black teas - "the cup which cheers but does not inebriate"

Google Hangouts
For our Q&A sessions on Google Hangouts the key email address is
I'll repeat that

kind regards
Ian Brealey


The Shirley Price Aromatherapy Massage demonstrated - Module one back massage