And $400 later, this happened.
I was planning to dine at the Wooden Monkey after going to the gym but this restaurant is closed on Sundays. So instead, I checked out the market downstairs. That’s where I encountered Casaroma Wellness Centre. This aromatherapy shop is located in Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Casaroma offers a variety of services and products:
- aromatherapy classes
- reiki classes
- alternative modalities e.g. biofeedback and reflexology
- essential oils, personal care items, household products and pet treatments
I was happy to see that they had a good selection of therapeutic grade essential oils, some of which I have not seen before i.e. calamus and rosalina. The hefty price accounts for the fact that these oils are the real deal. Here are some basics to help you determine the quality of any essential oil you are interested in purchasing.
- Is the botanical name on the label? There are different types of the same oil and the latin name will tell you exactly which one you are getting. Eucalyptus is the common name but there is also blue gum, white gum, citrus and smiithi eucalyptus, all with different properties and contraindications for use.
- Are there testers available to sniff? If you have a talented and sensitive nose (“le nez” as used in the fragrance industry in France), you can tell by smelling whether the oil may have been adulterated with other cheaper oils and/or artificial scents (often listed as ‘parfum‘ or ‘fragrance‘).
- Is the lot number also listed on the bottle? The lot number helps identify the particular batch of essential oil produced. Similar to wine, each growing/production season will yield slightly different results.
- What is the size of the bottle? Generally, essential oils sold in retail outlets come in a 5mL size bottle. As essential oils are volatile, it is preferable to sell them in smaller quantities to ensure quality is maintained.
- Is the place of origin listed? The healing properties of essential oils are dependent in part on where they are cultivated. Tea tree oil from Australia is used in aromatherapy applications while tea tree oil grown in China typically is not.
The shop is open 10am-6pm from Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. If you are unable to make it there, you can also browse their online shop. They do ship!