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Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education

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THE RAINDROP MESSENGER
Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Rt. 4, Box 646, Marble Hill, Missouri USA 63764
(573) 238-4846, care@raindroptraining.com

Volume 3, Number 1
January-February 2005

This Newsletter is Not Copyrighted.
Feel Free to Share With Friends.
Appropriate Credit is Appreciated.
For copies of back issues, go to the archives at
http://www.RaindropTraining.com

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Shelf Life for Essential Oils by David Stewart, Ph.D., D.N.M.
2. More than 100 CARE Seminars in 2005
3. 2005 CARE Calendar of Intensive Seminars

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information in this newsletter is not meant
to diagnose, prescribe, or substitute for professional medical
assistance. It is provided as information only for your better
understanding of holistic health. In case of medical need, please
consult an appropriate licensed professional.

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1. Shelf Life for Essential Oils
by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.

People who use adulterated or synthetic oils worry about shelf
life. Some British references on aromatherapy say one should
throw away their oils every six months and purchase a fresh
quantity. Such advice may be valid for certain carrier blend oils,
but is not valid for pure unadulterated aromatic oils that are
the products of distillation.

In order to discuss shelf life, you need to distinguish between
various classes of scented oils. There are four types of fragrant
oils to consider:

(1) Essential oils (distilled).
(2) Expressed oils (usually citrus);
(2) Absolutes (solvent extractions); and
(4) Carrier Blend Oils (essential oils in a fatty base).

The shelf lives of these four classes of aromatic oils are
different. While expressed, absolute, and carrier blend oils
contain large molecules along with their small aromatic ones,
pure essential oils obtained entirely by distillation contain
only small molecules.

Large molecules tend to be less stable than small ones. Shelf
life addresses the question of chemical stability. Aromatic oils
are mixtures of many compounds. If a mixture of compounds
remains stable, that is, if it does not decompose or change its
chemistry over a long period of time in storage, we say it has
a long shelf life.

If you are using pure distilled therapeutic grade essential oils,
as described in Chapter One of this book, then you don’t have to
worry about shelf life. Essential oils have been found in Egyptian
tombs that were still aromatic and effective—their therapeutic
properties intact—even after thousands of years. These oils
were in moderately cool, dark places tightly sealed from
exposure to air and the elements. That is all they required to
maintain their potency. No one knows what their true shelf life
may be. All we know is that it is measured in millenia, not months.

As for the British oils, there is a so called aromatherapy grade
of oil that is actually only 1-5% essential oil dissolved in a fatty
base oil. The large molecules of fatty vegetable oils are not as
stable as the tiny ones that comprise essential oils. Fatty oils
also contain proteins, polypeptides, and amino acids—unstable
compounds not found in essential oils. Fatty oils will naturally
break down into smaller molecules over time at normal room
temperatures. We call this “going rancid.” While large molecules
have no smell, the smaller molecules resulting from the
decomposition of fatty hydrocarbons do have a smell—an
unpleasant one. Hence, an aromatherapy grade oil that is mostly
vegatable oil does have a shelf life. Thus, the British texts that
recommend pitching your oils every six months have a valid
point in reference to “aromatherapy grade” oils.

A number of blends containing pure essential oils used in North
America also contain some fatty oil such as olive, sesame seed,
or almond. Usually, 80% or more of these blends consist of
essential oils. These are not the same as the aromatherapy
grade massage oils of England which are mostly fatty, but they
do have a shelf life.

Expressed oils, absolutes, and carrier blend oils are sensitive to
heat, such as in a car on a hot day. Heat accelerates any chemical
reaction and if the large molecules in these oils are prone to
gradual decomposition even at normal temperatures, this process
will be hastened by heat. You can tell if any damage has been
done to your oils by heat by testing the fragrance. If it still smells
the same as when you bought it, it is still okay. If not, then damage
has occurred. Exposure to heat in excess of 90-120° F can shorten
the shelf life of expressed, absolute, and carrier blend oils, but
does not shorten the shelf life of true essential oils. (See section
on Heat at the beginning of this chapter for a more thorough
discussion on the effects of temperature on oils.)

Absolutes, expressed oils, and oil blends that are mostly essential
and only partly fatty all have a shelf life. Experience has shown that
their shelf lives can be measured in years, unless the oil has been
exposed to excessive heat. So if you have any such oils, your nose
will know if they go bad. To know if an oil blend contains a fatty
carrier oil, read the label. If you want to extend their shelf life,
refigerate them. However, if you are using such oils over periods
of time less than a few months, you don’t need to go to the trouble
of storing them in your refrigerator.

You don’t have to refrigerate pure essential oils that are the
products of distillation. Refrigeration does not extend their shelf
life. A cool environment won’t hurt them or help them. They will
last indefinitely at normal living temperatures and will remain
unaffected and intact even when occassionally exposed to the
heat of a hot day in a car, provided you do not open the bottle
until it has cooled down to normal temperatures. (More on this
in the section on Heat earlier in this chapter.)

If anyone asks you about the shelf life of a pure therapeutic grade
essential oil, just say, “5000 years at least.”

If they ask you about the shelf life of an oil that has been expressed,
solvent extracted, or mixed with a fatty base, just say, “It depends.”

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NOTE: The article above is an extract from a book to be published
by February 14, 2005 entitled: The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made
Simple by David Stewart, Ph.D. The book will be 896 pages long in
hardback and its price is $49.95 plus shipping.

Available from CARE at 800-758-6629 or care@raindroptraining.com
or via the internet at http://www.RaindropTraining.com


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2. More than 100 CARE Seminars in 2005

CARE will be sponsoring more than 100 seminars and
intensives in 2005 throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, as well
as in Mexico, Australia, and other countries

The listings given below are All three to five day CARE Intensive
Programs Offering the Full 23 hr CARE Curriculum of inclkuding:
Bible Oils, Applied Vitaflex, Raindrop Technique, Essential
Oil Chemistry, and Emotional Release with Oils.

The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Is approved by the National Certification Board for
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a
Continuing education Approved Provider.

Postings below are as of February 2, 2005. These are only some
of the seminars to be sponsored by CARE in 2005, with
additional ones being added every week.

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3. 2005 CARE Calendar of Intensive Seminars

Listed below are only the first 50 Full 3-5 Day CARE Intensive
Training Workshops to be scheduled for 2005. In addition to the
full 3-4 day seminars, there will also be a number of 1-2 day
seminars offering portions of the CARE Curriculum. See the
CARE Website for the dates and locations of these.

Consult the CARE Website periodically to learn about the
Latest Postings,which are updated every week or two.

For specific information on any particular seminars, see
Contact names, emails, phone numbers, etc., at the end
Of this message. Registration for all of these, except for some
of those In Canada, can be accomlished over the internet at
http://www.RaindropTraining.com


JAN 14-16, Fri-Sun, LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

JAN 23-25, Sun-Tues, NOBLE, ILLINOIS
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

JAN 28-30, Fri-Sun, LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

FEB 3-5, Thu-Sat, BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA
With Lois Loyek, SCCI, and Carol Howden, FCCI

FEB 10-12, Thu-Sat, TUCSON, ARIZONA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Ben Howden, CCA

FEB 11-13, Fri-Sun, OMAHA, NEBRASKA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI & Tammy Struebing, CCI

FEB 17-19, Thu-Sat, COCHRANE, ALBERTA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Ben Howden, CCA

FEB 18-20, Fri-Sun, APALACHIN, NEW YORK
With Joanna Barrett, CI, and Kathy Spohn, CCI

FEB 18-20, Fri–Sun, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

FEB 28-MAR 3, Mon–Thu, BRANSON, MISSOURI
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI & Lee Stewart, SCCI

MAR 3-5, Thu-Sat, CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Ben Howden, CCA

MAR 4-6, Fri-Sun, GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
With Marylee Creegan,CI and Kathy Spohn,FCCI

MAR 10-12, Thu-Sat, BUFFALO LAKE, ALBERTA, CANADA
With Lois Loyek, SCCI, and Carol Howden, FCCI

MAR 11-13, Fri–Sun, SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

MAR 17-19, Thu-Sat, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Tanis Wichmann, CCI

MAR 18-20, Fri-Sun, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
With Kathy Spohn, FCCI

MAR 31-APR 2, Thu-Sat, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI & Jacqui Close, SCCI

APR 1-3, Fri-Sun, PORTLAND, MAINE
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

APR 14-16, Thu-Sat, KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
With Lois Loyek, SCCI, and Carol Howden, FCCI

APR 15-17, Fri–Sun, DENVER, COLORADO
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI, & Kathy Spohn, FCCI

APR 22-24, Fri-Sun, EUGENE, OREGON
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT

APR 29-MAY 1, Fri-Sun, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT

APR 29-MAY 1, Fri–Sun, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

MAY 5-7, Thu-Sat, GRAND PRAIRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Ben Howden, CCA

MAY 13-15, Fri-Sun, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT

MAY 13-15, Fri–Sun, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

MAY 20-22, Fri-Sun, NORTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT

MAY 28-31, Sat-Tues PUNTA EL CUSTODIO, MEXICO
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

JUNE 2-4, Thu-Sat, COCHRANE, ALBERTA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, and Ben Howden, CCA

JUNE 3-5, Fri–Sun, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (North Suburbs)
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI & Kathy Spohn, CCI

JUNE 10-12, Fri-Sun, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

JUNE 24-26, Fri-Sun, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
With Kathy Spohn, FCCI

JULY 1-3, Fri-Sun, PORTLAND, OREGON
With Larkin Busby, SCCI, and Ladonna Wells, SCCI

JULY 17-19, Sun–Tues, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
With Dr. David Stewart and Lee Stewart, SCCI

JULY 29-31, Fri-Sun, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT

JULY 29-31, Fri-Sun, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
With Ladonna Wells, SCCI, and Larkin Busby, SCCI

AUG 15-17, Mon-Wed, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI, and Jacqui Close, SCCI

AUG 26-28, Fri-Sun, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
With Connie Adams, FCCI, CMT, and Jacqui Close, RA, SCCI

SEPT 2-4, Fri-Sun, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI

SEPT 9-11, Fri-Sun, MELBOURNE, NSW, AUSTRALIA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI

SEPT16-18, Fri-Sun, SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI

SEPT 23-25, Fri-Sun, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI

SEP 30-OCT 2, Fri-Sun, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
With Kathy Spohn, FCCI

OCT 13-15, Thu-Sat, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI and Jacqui Close, RA, SCCI

NOV 14-17, Mon-Thu, BRANSON, MISSOURI
With David Stewart, PhD, DNM, FCCI and Lee Stewart, SCCI

NOV 17-19, Thu-Sat, COCHRANE, ALBERTA, CANADA
With Carol Howden, FCCI, Katrina Harrison, CCI, Sue Ellis, CI

DEC 9-11, Fri-Sun, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
With Kathy Spohn, FCCI

FEES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
The fee for taking the whole 3-4 day seminar (23 hours) is $460
in us funds. For taking selected classes of the Seminar,
contact the person designated below or see CARE website for
ala carte prices for individual classes.

Organizers and Registrars for each seminar are given below.
Please contact the appropriate registrar and remit payment to
them, or register on the internet.

LIST OF CARE INTENSIVE ORGANIZERS AND REGISTRARS
Note an appropriate person in the list above and contact them
at the addresses, phones, and emails indicated below.

Connie Adams, FCCI, 747 Broadway St., Fairfield, CA 94533,
707-422-5272 or 707-372-4256, conniejoym@earthlink.net

Joanna Barrett, CI, PO Box 86, 20B South Main, Newark Valley,
New York 13811, 607-642-5448, merandjo@onehealthylife.net

Jacqui Close, SCCI, Box 376, Jackson, MO (573) 332-1117.
jclose@closeenvironmental.com

Marylee Creegan, CI, 21011 NW 74th Place, Alachua, Florida 32615
386 462 2092, mec14@juno.com

Carol Howden, FCCI, 248-316 Sunterra Ridge Pl, Cochrane, AB T4C 1W9
(403) 932-6993, carolhowden@shaw.ca

Lois Loyek, SCCI,Box 1597 Battleford, SK, s0m 0e0
306 937-7862, oyls.r.us@sasktel.net or conscentered@yahoo.com

Kathy Spohn, FCCI, 2697 Waterloo St. SW, Wyoming,
Michigan 49509. (616) 261-0015 oilsofold@sbcglobal.net

Lee Stewart, RR. 4, Box 646, Marble Hill, MO 63764.
(573) 238-4846, (238-2010 Fax), care@raindroptraining.com

Tammy Struebing, CI, 714 So. First St., Albion, NE 68620.
(402) 395-6887. tstruebing@amhne.org

Ladonna Wells, SCCI, 2600 Zion, Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 761-4456 ladonna63@earthlink.net

For AUSTRALIA Send Remittance (in us$) and Registration to:
CARE, attn: Lee Stewart, RR. 4, Box 646,
Marble Hill, MO 63764. (573) 238-4846, (238-2010 Fax),
or mail: care@raindroptraining.net
Local Contact: John Green, P.O. Box 1981, DEE WHY, NSW, Australia,
phones: 0400-784-472 (cell) or 02-9982-7638 (home) or email at
oils@relaxandfeelgood.com.au

 
 
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