Why did Koru Therapies expand into offering aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a natural extension of Koru Therapies.
Basic aromatherapy has been used in the business since it began. For example, some essential oils had been used with doula clients to help ease their labor and delivery and others were used with massage and bodywork clients. When the business moved across the country from CA to MA in 2016, an opportunity presented itself to start an aromatherapy certification program while building Koru Therapies back up from ground level.
What is aromatherapy?
Smelling lavender flowers or its essential oil diffused in the room (or by inhaler or in a lotion or in a salve…) to feel relaxed and calm is definitely aromatherapy – but it’s so much more! Aromatherapy is the art and science (there is a heap of chemistry involved!) of being able to combine essential oils, directly collected from plants (flowers, fruits, roots, resins, etc.), in a way that physically, spiritually, and/or psychologically benefits the individual. More and more scientific studies have been completed on the effectiveness of a particular essential oil (there has been significant research on lavender, for example), or more often a particular chemical component in an oil. Knowing this information, an aromatherapist is able to create custom blends that are aimed at addressing a particular concern (dry skin, congestion, stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, allergies, motion sickness, muscle soreness, etc.). The dilution of the product is adjusted based on the specific needs of the client (Is this an acute issue? How old are they? What is their lifestyle?), creating a truly custom product with high quality, natural ingredients.
What essential oils does Koru Therapies use?
Koru Therapies uses 48 essential oils when considering custom blends. They are: anise, basil, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile (German), chamomile (Roman), clary sage, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper berry, laurel leaf, lavender, spike lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, opopanax, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, ravintsara, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, Siberian fir, spikenard, tarragon, thyme, thyme thymol, vetiver, and ylang ylang.
If while reading this list, you thought “I love that one!” or “I hope I don’t get that in my blend!” please let Koru Therapies know so your blend is created as close to your preferences as possible.
Where does Koru Therapies buy their aromatherapy supplies?
High quality essential oils are tricky to find. All companies advertise as being “natural,” but how natural are they? When choosing to buy essential oils, it’s important that the company can tell you when the product was distilled (not when *you* bought it or *they* bought it, but when the product was distilled). This “starts the clock” on its expiration date (yes, oils do expire!). If a company can not tell you this information, be cautious. Also, you want a company who is able to provide the GC/MS (gas chromatography and mass spectrometry) report for the particular batch of oil you purchased. The exact chemical components in an oil do change from batch to batch even if grown by the same producer (due to variations in sun, rain, nutrients, etc.). This is not a problem, but it could change the therapeutic properties of the oil. The company Koru Therapies is completely happy working with is Aromatics International. They offer products sourced globally that are farmed in a sustainable, ethical and organic way. Aromatics International has fair prices on their highest of quality products, great customer service, and provides clear batch information and GC/MS reports online at any time to anyone.
What products can be made?
Prices vary, depending on the size of the product, and what components are in them.
- Jojoba wax blend. Use this carrier oil with essential oils to address almost anything! A nice way to hydrate your skin for a massage oil. 1 oz for $11.
- Inhalers. These are a great way to have quick, easy access to essential oils. For example, use it on an airplane, carry one in your purse, put one on your desk at work. Choose between a plastic inhaler ($9) or a metal inhaler ($18). The metal inhalers look very sharp and make nice gifts. If you are local and choose the metal inhaler, when the essential oils diffuse after 3-6 months, you can keep the inhaler and just have the wick replaced for $6.
- Steam blend. This is a custom blend created in your own stock bottle. You add one to two drops of your blend to a bowl of steaming water. Lean over the bowl, close your eyes, make a “tent” with a towel or blanket over your head and the bowl and breathe deeply. This is a great way to treat congestion or give your face a bit of rejuventaion with some skin nourishing oils.
Bottle with approximately 30 drops for $20.
- Hard salve. Use this salve to carry essential oils like a perfume/cologne. Or use it on your chest at night or during the day to address a specific ailment. 1 oz for $33.
- Lotion. Unscented lotion is used as the carrier for your oils. Essential oils work well in this carrier for hand lotions or body lotions perhaps on a particular spot or all over. 2 oz for $18.
- Bath salt. Fantastic pink Himalayan bath salts are used with a touch of jojoba wax or coconut oil to carry the essential oils of your choice. Each container is enough for two baths. This creation could be for relaxation, muscle tension, etc. 2 oz of salts for $15.
- Body butter. A thicker cream made of beeswax, cocoa butter, palm oil, avocado oil, baobab oil, and shea butter. Essential oils are added to address your specific need. Some issues might be dry skin or cracked heels. 1 oz for $40. (Note: this price may seem high, but the product contains exceptionally fantastic components which are quite expensive for me to purchase. I’ve kept the price as low as I can.)
- Bug spray. Try keeping the bugs away naturally. Specific essential oils are used in a carrier of water. This blend does not use preservatives, so should be made fresh every two weeks. 2 oz for $25.
- Tamanu oil. This oil is a great skin nourishing/healing oil. Essential oils are added to address your issue. 1 oz for $40.
How do I place an order?
Email Jennifer, the owner of Koru Therapies at page. First time aromatherapy clients have an initial consultation fee of $40. This consultation is ideally in person, but can be done over the phone/email/text, if necessary (i.e. you do not live locally).
Can products be shipped?
Absolutely! A shipping fee between approximately $5 and $25 will be added to your order depending on what you request to be sent to you.