Episode 9: Essential Oils
Welcome to the ninth episode of the Science Witch Podcast!
In this episode, Anjel and Iris explore essential oils, inspired by an episode of the Netflix docuseries Unwell, which takes an unflinching look at current wellness trends. Learn about how witchcraft intersects with the scientific validation of aromatherapy, and how not to get caught up in a multilevel marketing company, also referred to as a pyramid scheme.
We also talk a bit about what’s happening in Portland and the world more broadly. See full show notes below!
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Unwell on Netflix
Breitenbush Hot springs
Opal Creek Wilderness
Organizations to Donate to Oregon Wildfire relief
Clackamas County deputy placed on leave after sharing antifa wildfire rumors in online video
Resources about Ancient Egyptians and essential oil use: https://deathscent.com/2016/09/08/the-fragrance-of-the-soul-olfaction-death-in-ancient-egypt-religion-egypt-part-iii
Validation of Aromatherapy
Study with Lavender: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
Essential Oils can cause allergic reactions:
Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals, and Beyond by Paige Vanderbeck
Essential Oil Vendors
The Raven’s Wing Magickal Company
Essential Trading Post
Windy Farms Lavender Essential Oil
The Lavender Shop
It is important that we acknowledge the fact that Portland, Oregon is located in the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is our intention in recognizing these communities to honor their lives, their legacies, their elders, their descendants, and the vibrancy and importance of their ongoing work—and to stand in solidarity with them at every opportunity.