Wednesday 16 April 2014

Shirley Price Aromatherapy at Beauty UK Stand N22

HAIR we go again! See you there
Sunday 18th & Monday 19th May 2014 at the NEC Birmingham

Ian will be speaking in the education program on the world of aromatherapy again with news of our work in the last 12 months

Aromatherapy training and products

The Shirley Price Aromatherapy Practitioner Diploma Course is fully accredited with the IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists). The IFPA which was co-founded by Shirley Price is committed to excellence in education and you can be assured that we meet exacting standards to provide you with a worldwide internationally recognised qualification.  Students may register with IFPA as students and  take out IFPA recognised student practitioner insurance to cover case studies.

Shirley Price Aromatherapy is based in Hinckley Leicestershire and has been training students for a career in aromatherapy for 40 years.

Besides the famous aromatherapy college Shirley Price Aromatherapy is a certified organic manufacturer and handler of essential oils and aromatherapy products.

The Clinical Aromatherapy Diploma Course consists of five inhouse modules over 25 days. For in house and Distance learning is completed over a minimum period of 9 months. A qualification in Anatomy & Physiology is required. Please ask us for clarification of this if you think you hold a relevant certificate. The IFPA also recommend an up to date certificate in First Aid but it is not complusory. For more information about IFPA please click on the link http://ifparoma.or

All organic products are approved by Shirley Price Aromatherapy was also a founder member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council

You will study around 55 essential oils, Carriers and Hydrolats, learn how to mix and blend for individual needs into synergies, bases and various methods of application using a detailed Client Consultation. The course includes 2 levels of Aromatherapy Massage including full body massage, a facial, Foot Reflex Treatment and a Seated Neck and Back massage

The course is national occupational standards Level 3/4. If you hold a lower qualification and would like to upgrade to IFPA membership then we can help you. We assess what you need to learn and recommend how much more study you need to take. This is assessed on an individual basis. Usually a course of a weeks study is sufficient to prepare the student for the independant examination.

When studying with us you will be entitled to a trade account on all products manufactured by Shirley Price Aromatherapy. Post study we have a Gathering and Sharing Group which aims to help you to continue to develop your own knowledge and join a network of Practitioners. 

Shirley Price Aromatherapy also offers a quarterly program of CPD day courses led by Jan Benham FFHT MIFPA at the factory training rooms in Hinckley LE10 0PR

We are easy to find opposite Hinckley Railway station

Shirley price Aromatherapy also offers an attractive distance learning course. Successful completion of the course and examination qualifies students to apply for IFPA membership by distance learning.  As this course lacks the practical massage training of the in-house program it does not qualify the student for massage insurance.

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Good news on shipping rates from Sp

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Essential Oil Safety

Essential Oil Safety

Reactions to essential oils may be rare but nonetheless felt keenly by the individuals affected. Essential oils are naturally derived chemical mixtures of aromatic chemicals derived mainly from the steam distillation of certain plant material, in the main from two plant families. 

The Rutaceae are familiar to us as the fruit of the Bergamot, Orange, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin and Tangerine trees.  The Bitter orange tree provides three essential oils Neroli from the flowers, petitgrain from the fruit and branches and Bitter Orange oil from the fruit. 

The Lamiaceae contain names of poetic force Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Melissa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sage, Thyme and Hyssop.

The Essential 60 oils studied by those seeking training in Professional Aromatherapy and to make application to join the professional bodies IFPA and the FHT which accredit the training are set out below. They are conveniently described as top, middle and base notes according to their rate of evaporation.

Essential oils are distinguished by the latin name of the plant materials from which they are derived.  Oils when transported in volume are accompanied by lengthy Material Safety Data Sheets which describe the oil in detail and measures for its safe handling. 

The regulation of any kind of chemical is inevitably blind to whether they are naturally or synthetically derived.  All aromatic chemicals pose the risk of some kind of reaction and the one in 10,000 people so affected by naturally derived essential oils should discontinue their use by avoiding putting them on their skin or inhaling them.   

Fortunately the kind of reactions involved are in the main very mild amounting to a redness of the skin which disappears when the chemical is washed off.  A patch test of a dab of an essential oil blend on the skin of the elbow is a routine part of the professional use of essential oil prior to treatment.

Essential oils certainly contain many kinds of chemicals, some pleasant some useful as medicines for common ailments. Plants manufacture aroma chemicals for particular purposes, particularly for self defence or repair.  Chemicals which are harmful to bacteria, viruses and fungi obviously pose some kind of risk to human cells if not used with knowledge and care. 

Tea tree, Eucalyptus and Wintergreen are to be found in many medicine cabinets and should be used and stored with care.  Responsible manufacturers use dropper inserts rather than open topped bottles and childproof caps for essential oils which pose any hazard if consumed even in the small quantities to be found in the little glass bottles in which they are supplied.

There is an argument for saying that the judgement as to what chemical should be used for care purposes should be exclusively the preserve of the medical profession.  A compromise has been found in that substances should not be labelled as medicines in the absence of evidence or medical opinion as to their efficiency and clear statement of the nature and degree of harm they pose. 

However those natural chemicals have been found in practice not only to be safe but inevitably to pose much less risk of reaction because of our co-evolution with plants. Synthetic production does not take account of the subtleties found in nature where substances we find harmful are not manufactured. 

Some of the components of essential oils are labelled as potential allergens. This is a bit of a misnomer as essential oil components are not foreign proteins like pollen.  However they can bind with skin components to make a foreign looking protein to which the body might react.  This is why manufacturers label them more correctly as haptens.

The most common reaction to essential oils is a cosmetic photochemical darkening of the skin in sunlight as a result of particular components called furanocoumarins where some of the Rutaceae, notably Bergamot are concerned.  For this reason the Bergamot can be supplied with the bergapten removed as Bergamot FCF.   

The most popular oils for blending are Bergamot (top note), found in half of all perfumes, Lavender (middle note) a well balanced oil with components from a number of aromatic plant families and Benzoin (base note) used as a fixative to combine and extend the aroma of the blend.

How to use essential oils:

A key component of the safe and effective use of essential oils is training and study of how to use them in practice. Beyond the manufacturers instructions to be found on the label.

This is the most effective method of using the oils, combining their properties with the therapeutic power of  touch.  The skin absorbs the oil over a large surface area.  The oils should not be used undiluted, but should be combined with an odourless carrier oil such as peachnut, grapeseed or sweet almond.  Generally a dilution of about 3% essential oil is recommended - approximately 6 drops in 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

Bathing is a simple, effective and pleasant way to use essential oils - water  itself has therapeutic powers which enhance those of the oils.  Add 5 - 7 drops of oil to a bath which has already been run and immerse yourself for up to 20 minutes.  You can dilute the oils with a carrier if you wish.  The heat of the water aids the absorption
through the skin, whilst you also inhale the vapour.  Use the same method for facial steaming.  Do not use undiluted oils in baths for babies and young children.  Take care with plastic baths - there are a few oils which may cause staining.

All essential oils are antiseptic and evaporate easily, so they make very good air-fresheners.  Different oils create different atmospheres, for example, relaxing sandalwood or clary sage are good for parties and peppermint clears your mind when you need to work.  Put a few drops in a small bowl of water and place it on a
source of warmth or use a nebulizer or aromastone – all designed to vaporize oils.

The oils may be used on their own or blended to make natural perfumes.  Try experimenting with different combinations, and mix with a base vegetable oil or  non-fragrant alcohol

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Product Catalog PDF

Tuesday 28 January 2014

5603 Shirley Price Deodorising Foot Cream

By inhibiting bacterial and fungal growth essential oils are natural deodorants for the skin. it has been thought one reason for this is that essential oils create an unattractive environment for bacteria.

Essential oils are chosen which are effective and non sensitising.

The Shirley Price deodorising footcream contains the essential oils of ginger, black pepper and lemongrass for the relatively insensitive skin of the feet.

The Sp foot reflex cream base forms the base cream for the Sp footcare range and is now parabens free.  Here are the ingredients.

Glycine Soja
Isopropyl Myristate
Cetearyl Alcohol
Cetyl Alcohol
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
PEG-20 Stearate

Deodorising Foot Cream
Shirley Price deodorising foot cream is specially formulated to eliminate foot odour. Shirley Price Deodorising Foot Cream is a reflexology inspired cream combining a rich base with odour eating essential oils of Ginger, Black Pepper and Lemongrass. Directions: Applied daily, it will help moisturise the skin and eliminate foot odour. Safety Advice  Do not ingest. If ingested, seek medical advice.  If in contact with eyes, immediately rinse thoroughly with water.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, glycine soja, isopropyl myristate, petrolatum, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, petrolatum, cetearyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulphate, PEG 20 stearate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, zingiber (Ginger) officinalis* piper nigrum (Black Pepper) oil, Cymbopogon citratus ( Lemongrass) oil
Citral**, Citronellol**, Coumarin**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**
* Organic ingredient
** Natural constituent of essential oils listed

Shirley Price Aromatherapy also provide 5603 deodorising foot cream in a parbens free Soil Association Certified Organic base cream.

More on using essential oils as natural deodorants

To make a natural underarm deodorant consider other essential oils.  Many people are concerned at putting the chemicals to be found in deodorants on their skin. Deodorants work by creating a more acid, inhospitable environment to odor-producing bacteria, while antiperspirants clog or block the pores, cutting down on the amount of perspiration that leaves the body, thus giving the bacteria less to feed on.

Suitable essential oils from the lamiaceae familily are lavender, peppermint, patchouli essential oils, suitable oils and botanicals

  • Bay - Spicy, sweet, fresh, and balsamic, antibiotic, antiseptic, and astringent
  • Calendula - Gentle, cooling and soothing, great for sensitive skin as it calms inflammations
  • Coriander - Musky, woody and spicy; aphrodisiac, bactericidal
  • Frankincense - Clean, dry, woody, fruity, pepper; anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial
  • Lavender - Fresh, herbaceous and floral; anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, deodorant
  • Patchouli - Earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky; antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, helps eliminate toxins
  • Peppermint** - Fresh, minty and herbaceous; analgesic, anesthetic (mild), antibiotic, antidepressant, anti- inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent
  • Rosemary - Strong, fresh and woody; antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent
  • Sweet Orange - Sweet, sugary and citrus; antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, fungicidal
  • Tea Tree Oil - Fresh and camphor-like; antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, fungicidal, consider also Eucalyptus particularly in the flu season
  • Vetiver - Known as the "oil of tranquility", cools the body and strengthens the nervous system.
  • Remember a little essential oil goes a very long way. In the event of skin sensitivity wash the area thoroughly and discontinue use.
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