March 16th, 2015

Register for Spring 2015 CE Days: A Weekend with John Steele! April 25th & 26th at The Sidney Pier Hotel, Sidney, BC.

Topics covered will include:

● The sacred use of fragrance in ancient Egypt

● The deep meaning of smell and fragrance

● Dharma Flora

● Terroir – the influence of the geology, soil, water, weather, altitude and wildlife changes on aromatic plants

● How global climate changes and civil unrest impact on the essential oil trade

● Small scale essential oil distillations – a new trend

● Different types of essential oil distillations

● Networking with growers, distillers and brokers

● How the above factors affect essential oil pricing fluctuations in the world market

BCAPA Members: Non-members and member registrations received from March 16th, 2015: $350.00. Last day of registration is April 20, 2015. Please note: $100.00 will be held back for cancellations after April 1st to pay for non-refundable meals that have been ordered & paid for by the BCAPA

● The BCAPA AGM will be held immediately following John Steele’s seminar on Saturday following the seminar at approximately 4:30 pm.

● The Sidney Pier has blocked off 10 rooms for the BCAPA at a rate of $149.00 per night. (Please reserve as soon as possible to receive this rate.)

● Lunch will be provided both days (If you have any dietary concerns please make note of them below so that we can inform the caterers).
● Attendees will receive 8CE credits for this event


Click here to Register

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February 9th, 2015

BCAPA Director Vacancies (2015/2016 Term)

BCAPA Board of Director’s Vacancies for the 2015 – 2016 Term

Any member in good standing may run for the Board so long as they meet the qualifications defined in the Bylaws: Each candidate must be an active professional, associate, or corporate member in good standing, have good communication skills, be able to demonstrate leadership and team building skills, be computer literate with access to the Internet, and must meet the time commitments of the office. The President must be active members in good standing for one year or more, and previously served one full term on the board.

Continuing Education Coordinator

Authority:  The CE Coordinator has the authority to act on the BCAPA’s behalf when entering into a contract with presenters for CE events.

Primary Responsibility:  To coordinate BCAPA-sponsored continuing education programs and events

Duties include, but are not limited to:


  1. Contacting prospective presenters and arrange and sign contracts with the presenter on behalf of the BCAPA
  2. Arranging venue and equipment required in support of CE events
  3. Arranging accommodation and transportation for presenters (as needed)
  4. Liaising with venue contacts
  5. Liaising with Treasurer on payment of related expenses
  6. Liaising with Newsletter editor re: advertising of events
  7. Coordinating events and registration
  8. Delegating tasks in support of events
  9. Creating materials needed for the event (e.g. certificates, nametags, handouts)
  10. Additional requirements as other CE opportunities arise – other events include two-day workshops and one-day events in other regions.


Projected hours: 80-100 per year, based on two Spring and Fall CE events offered by the BCAPA.


Chapter Coordinator

Primary Responsibilities: To liaise with all current and potential Chapter Leaders and summarize notes and records from all Chapter Meetings

Duties include but are not limited to:


  1. Ensuring the Board has a set agenda of topics for each year
  2. Ensuring each Chapter has the materials they need for their meetings
  3. Relying on Chapter Leaders as a resource as the Board deems suitable – i.e.: surveys, feedback, etc….
  4. Amalgamating the chapter meeting topics and the workshop CE day info into the Proceedings Manual


Projected Hours: 100/year


Director at Large

 Primary Responsibility: To assist the board with on-going projects, and specific tasks as directed by the Board.

Duties include but are not limited to:


  1. Representing BC regions
  2. Special Projects
  3. Assisting the CE Coordinator with events outside of Vancouver/Victoria


Projected Hours:  4/week


If you’d like to be elected for a position on the Board, please click here for the ‘Intent to Stand for Election’ form. Completed forms should be submitted to Leah Ursic via email: or physical mail: 3928 Michigan Rd., Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5Z6

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December 1st, 2014

FREE webinar: Aromatherapy Products: Packaging & Labeling (Jan. 6th, 7-9 p.m.PST)

This webinar will answer the following questions and more!

  • Who governs cosmetic products?
  • What is the difference between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?
  • What is: the FD&C Act? the Fair Packaging and Label Act?
  • What roles do these different regulatory agencies play in aromatherapy product packaging and labeling? Including: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • What about Health Canada?
  • Is there European Legislation for cosmetics?
  • The beginnings: Is it a Soap, Cosmetic or Drug?
  • I make bug spray, can I market it as an insect repellent?
  • How am I supposed to design and print my labels? What do they need to say?
  • What are Good Manufacturing Practices? And am I required to be using them?
  • What are the current Labeling Requirements for my aromatherapy products?
  • Ounces, fluid ounces, grams, milliliters? What is the correct way to weigh the product I am making?
  • I used lavender essential oil, jojoba, shea butter, beeswax and a bit of vanilla infused jojoba. How do I list my ingredients?
  • What claims can I make or not make?
  • What are INCI codes?
  • How are some companies labeling them as ‘nutritional supplements’?
  • What does it mean when the FDA sends you a warning letter?
  • How do I change the language I am using to be in compliance?
  • and additional information.

Sign up today and you will receive a pdf file** that includes:

  • The Anatomy of a Label.
  • The Art of Language: examples of statements you cannot use and what you can use.
  • INCI codes for the most commonly used ingredients used in aromatherapy products.
  • Weight and Measurement charts.


**PDF file to be released 3 days before webinar!

Click here to register!

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October 29th, 2014

CFA-sponsored workshop with Robert Tisserand November 8th, 2014!

“Essential Oil Kinetics and their Consequences – dosage, absorption, metabolism, excretion, etc…”

Click here for poster!

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July 23rd, 2014

New Skin Series video by Robert Tisserand!

Create skin care blends with confidence! Learn the importance of precise dilution; to what extent essential oils are dermally absorbed; how to use them to address skin problems such as acne, fungal infections, psoriasis, rosacea & sun damage, how to make simple preparations with safe yet effective ingredients, & much more!

The Skin Series is a comprehensive exploration into what is known about essential oils & their effects on the skin. It comprises 9 videos totaling 7 hours of video material. Each covers a different aspect of skin care & healing, & each includes detailed notes in a PDF, with clickable links to scientific research. The webinars of the Skin Series will be released sequentially one-per-week, beginning August 31st with Webinar 1: Healing Oils. Each video is yours to keep and watch as many times as you like. Forever.

Pre-order now, and the Skin Series is $399, a savings of $200 from the list price of $599. This sale is in anticipation of the launch of the Tisserand Institute

Click here for more information!

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June 24th, 2014

Insecticidal and repellence activity of the essential oil of ‘Pogostemon cablin’ [patchouli] against urban ants species


Ants are highly abundant in *Neotropical regions, with certain species adapted to the urban environment, where they can cause damage to human health. The main method for controlling ants consists of using organosynthetic insecticides, which are potentially toxic to the environment. Essential plant oils are considered a viable alternative to the use of conventional insecticides. In this study, we analyze the bioinsecticidal activity and repellence of patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) against three species of urban ants: Camponotus melanoticus,Camponotus novograndensis, and Dorymyrmex thoracicus. The chemical composition of the essential oil was analyzed by GC-MS and GC-FID. The major compounds were patchoulol (36.6%) followed by alpha-bulnesene (13.95%), and alpha-guaiene (11.96%). Toxicity and repellency bioassays were performed using the essential oil over the ants, and mortality evaluations were performed at 4, 24, and 48 h after performing the bioassays. Mortality percentage of the ants on 7 mu g/mg was on average 84%. The essential oil of P. cablin displayed toxicity against all three species of urban ants, with the lowest LD50 being observed for D. thoracicus (2.02 mu g oil/mg insect) after 48 h of exposure compared to C. melanoticus (2.34 mu g oil/mg insect) and C. novogranadensis (2.95 mu g oil/mg insect). The essential oil of P. cablin was strongly repellent to the three species of ants in all concentrations tested (0.01% and 1% v/v). Considering the potential toxicity and repellency of theP. cablin essential oil to the urban ants, future studies could investigate the practical application of this oil to control of these insects. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

*Although this study focuses on Neotropical urban ants, there are many urban ant species in BC under the genera Camponotus and Dorymyrmexwhich may also be repelled by P. cablin. This would be a great line of research!

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June 24th, 2014

NAHA Conference: Sept. 12-14, 2014 (Seattle, WA)

Find out more about the conference here:

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April 29th, 2014

Aromatherapy Conference – Early Bird Discount Expires May 1st!


The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is hosting the World of Aromatherapy VII International Conference and Wellness Exhibit. This year it’s at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington on September 12-14. However, the Early Bird discount expires on May 1st! Be sure to register today for the early bird discount.

NAHA Coference.

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March 28th, 2014

Antifungal activity of fennel seed oil

N. Mimica-Dukić, S. Kujundžić,  M. Sokovićand M. Couladis (2003) Essential oil composition and antifungal activity of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. obtained by different distillation conditions. Phytotherapy Research, Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 368–371.

Abstract: The influence of different hydrodistillation conditions was evaluated from the standpoint of essential oil yield, chemical composition and antifungal activity from seeds of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. Three hydrodistillation conditions were considered. The main constituents of the oils were: (E)-anethole (72.27%–74.18%), fenchone (11.32%–16.35%) and methyl chavicol (3.78%–5.29%). The method of distillation significantly affected the essential oil yield and quantitative composition, although the antifungal activity of the oils against some fungi was only slightly altered. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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March 24th, 2014

Register now! Limited space available for the 2014 Spring CE Event with Valerie Ann Worwood!!!

BC Association of Practicing Aromatherapists

Registration Form for Continuing Education Days

A Weekend with Valerie Ann Worwood

Working with cellular memory – psycho-emotional and cellular threads, past, present and future in ones aromatherapy practice. This includes the inherited emotional threads that result in physiological conditions and ancestrally inherited emotional threads passed from generation to generation until resolved.

For more information please visit the website at

April 5th and 6th, 2014

9:00am – 4:00pm

Location of workshop will be:

The Coast Tsawwassen Inn

1665 56th Street, Delta, B.C.  V4L 2B2


Members: Early Registration Fee: $325.00 until February 28, 2014

Non-members and member registrations received from March 1, 2014: $375.00

Last day of registration is April 3, 2014

Lunch will be provided both days

$100.00 will be held back for cancellations after March 16th to pay for non-refundable meals that have been ordered & paid for by the BCAPA

Attendees will receive 8CE credits for this event

For more information please contact Colleen at:


Name: _________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________     Phone: _____________________

Method of Payment:          Cheque _____     Visa _____      PayPal _____


Credit Card # _____________________________ Exp. Date: _________

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Please mail completed registration form and payment to:  Colleen Thompson, 20729 93A Avenue, Langley, BC V1M 2W7

Other Information

The BCAPA AGM will be held immediately following Valerie’s seminar on Saturday (approximately 4:30 p.m.)

The Tsawwassen Inn has blocked off 10 rooms for the BCAPA at a rate of $111.00 per night.  Please reserve as soon as possible to receive this rate.

Parking at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn is complimentary

If you have any dietary concerns please make note of them on your registration form so that we can inform the caterers

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