This past weekend I was lucky enough to hear Robbert Tisserand speak about Essential Oil at The Nova Studio! He is supposedly THE go-to guy for all thing essential oil, and after spending two solid days trying to absorb the knowledge he shared with all 18 of us students, I can tell why. He is full of so much information almost everything dream team. And he has an english accent, too. Accents always make thing a bit more fun!
The first day was spent mostly on the chemistry of essential oils and the constituents (bits that make up each individual E.O.). I'm talking straight up, college chemistry/oxygen/carbon/cell structure science. You may or may not know this, but it's been YEARS since I've studied anything that has to do with hardcore chemistry , and even when I DID study it, most of it went in one ear and out the other. I was more of an art major. I'll take a big ball of terra cotta clay and an electric wheel over carbon bonds any day.
So, yes. We learnt of plant chemistry, which plants/herbs/oils shared similar constituents (we only touched on this briefly, but I found it SO fascinating that two completely different essential oils can be so close in makeup!), the different types of glands in plants that create and store the E.O.s, defensive and attractive chemistry in plants (plant pheromones!), methods of extracting the E.O.s , concretes, absolutes, blends, and the list goes on. I don't know when the last time I actually desired to research or understand organic chemistry, but ever since Saturday, my curiosity keeps knocking. Yikes! Go me!
|Students behind me.|
(Meanwhile, back at home...)
After saturday's class, I met up with my friend Cassie and her husband Nick. Cassie and Nick generously offered to put me up for the night so that I wouldn't have to drive the hour home and then turn around early the next morning and drive back. (Gas prices suck, y'all.) We went out to my (our!) favorite Thai place for dinner, then hit up the local (healthy!) mini-mart for snacks. We played a rousing game of The Amazing Labyrinth (I kicked butt! Beginners luck, though) and then watched the first three episodes of The Walking Dead. I've only seen the first season once (and maybe not even the whole season) and they had never seen it, so we powered through and watched 1-3. I loved it and Nick loved it and poor Cassie kept making excuses to go to the bathroom when she wasn't huddled behind her pillow, eyes peeking over the top. Her nervousness was making me nervous and there were a few moments when I totally got scared! Gah! So good, but so scary. I decided to soothe myself my leftover Thai food and some candy. It totally worked.
We crawled into our beds around 1 or 1:30am and I was so loving it. I had worn my leg ALL day and just being cozy in bed (your guest bed rocks, Cass!) was perfect. I didn't even have any zombie dreams, either. I remeber the last part of my dream being violent, but no zombies. I woke up around 8:30 and made mental excuses as to why I needed to stay in bed for another 15 minutes and did. Good old InstaGram is happy to help kill 15 minutes anytime of day! We had scrambled eggs and ham for breakfast, piping hot tea, plus muffins and toast. Perfect way to start off my second day of the seminar.
Sunday was all about skin and the saftey, uses, remedies made with and application of the oils! No chemistry. Hallelujah! We were shown slides as to why you don't smear full strength essential oil on your skin. And then we we shown slides as to why you don't smear and then GO LAY IN A TANNING BED. (Good grief, people. Common sense and responsibility!)
Robert was a hoot.
At the end of the day, Robert had given us a pretty hefty rundown on most (not all, because you can only do so much in two days!) of what there was to know about essential oils. I had my questions answered regaurding pregnancy, breastfeeding and childhood and the oils. I now know preicesly what oils are safe and which to avoid using in my products. BAM. After months of my own research, and 40 years of his, I'm in the know, friends!