A Registered Aromatherapist (RA), Essential Oil Therapist (EOT), and Reiki Master, Margo owns and operates Fireweed Essentials Support Center where she offers personal essential oil support, as well as the ancient practice of Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy). She finds these two healing modalities are extremely powerful when combined together.
Margo is a member of the BCAOA, the governing organization for registered aromatherapists in BC. She is also a long-time volunteer for Nanaimo Community Hospice, offering support on a one-to-one basis and also within a group setting for those in bereavement. Near and dear to her heart is the creation and implementation of her A Scented Space program for hospice, offering support for grief through the use of essential oils and compassionate touch. Recognized for her efforts in 2018, Margo was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for her 15 years of service to Nanaimo Community Hospice.
"I have been utilizing the essential oils of medicinal plants for many years now and I find comfort, strength and support
in their fragrant compounds.
I believe in taking responsibility for my own health and wellbeing and I am committed to encouraging others to do the same. One of the medicinal plants that I rely on most is
Fireweed - Epilobium angustifolia
I use this wonderful plant to make my own healing remedies and body products. I start with fireweed-infused oils, add simple, supporting base ingredients and finally, enhance the products with essential oils chosen specifically for their therapeutic actions.
The joy I experience in working with the energy of medicinal plants and their fragrant essential oils continues to be an honor and a privilege that I will never take for granted.
Fireweed mends the earth from the shock and trauma of forest fires and clear-cut logging. Its root system weaves together and anchors the soil so trees and other plants can grow, while the tender, young leaves feed the deer. It has sweet ever-blooming flowers that provide nectar to the insects and bees.
Fireweed leaves and flowers are useful for a multitude of skin problems ranging from psoriasis, eczema, acne, burns and wounds. It's also beneficial for conditions such as arthritis, bee stings, dental pain and the ability to expel intestinal parasites.
It is now thought to help reduce the
non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland
(benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).
Sweet and tender, Fireweed flowers bloom continually all summer long. The whole plant is edible at all stages of its growth, is high in vitamins A and C and is considered a survival food.
This plant may also be known as Willowherb or Chamerion angustifolia
Fireweed, Epilobium angustifolia, is a perennial, herbaceous plant from the onagraceae, or evening primrose family and grows wild in remote, pristine locations on Vancouver Island. It is often found sheltered within its companion plants of blackberry brambles and stinging nettles.
After ethically harvesting (wild crafting) Fireweed during its peak growing time, a lengthy process of infusing Fireweed into a quality, cold-pressed carrier oil is done.
This age-old method of soaking the plant material in oils (maceration) is used to extract the life force, vitality and medicinal components of the plants.
This infused Fireweed oil is then made into therapeutic products for external use.
All Fireweed products are made in small batches to ensure the quality and integrity of the ingredients.
The personality, or spirit of fireweed helps to calm and soothe any form of physical and/or emotional pain brought about by shock or trauma. Its grounding qualities help us anchor and connect to the earth, while guiding and aligning us with our inner peace and light. Fireweed enhances and strengthens our connection to higher realms and wisdom.
Signature: grows profusely in burnt areas
Chakra: Root, Heart, Crown
Key Words: Love, Restoration, Fresh start, Passion
Angels: Arch Angels Ariel and Raziel
Challenges: Coldness, Uncaring, Inability to feel, Emotional wounds
Affirmation: I am Loving and Loveable
Essential oils are the aromatic chemical compounds found in plants. They are produced by the plants to attract pollinators and repel predators. They live in the cells, flowers, roots, bark, leaves, and fruit of the plants.
These aromatic compounds are volatile molecules made up of organic chemicals and contain these properties: anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic. These aromatic compounds and their properties produce healing responses in the human body.
The essential oils added to the fireweed products are chosen specifically for their therapeutic actions.
Essential oils support our physical and emotional bodies. Below are the different ways I provide essential oil support, both privately and in a group setting.
In this introductory workshop, we discuss our sense of smell and its connection to our emotions and how essential oils can support us in many different ways in our daily lives.
Using essential oils as a tool for personal growth, we explore specific states of being through our sense of smell and the healing properties of essential oils. In these monthly hands-on workshops, participants will choose essential oils that support their different emotional states and make a personal blend specific to their needs. Workshops happen on the last Wednesday of every month.
Pre-registration is required.
February 27 - Embracing Love
March 27 - Growth and Moving Forward
April 24 - Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles
May 29 - Nurturing, Kindness, Compassion
June 26 - Finding Strength and Support
July 31 - Embracing Joy
August 28 - Attaining Abundance
September 25 - Letting Go to Receive
October 30 - Walking with Grace and Gratitude
November 27 - Finding Peace When Feeling Overwhelmed and Stressed
Each person is unique and during a private consultation, the client's needs are assessed and the appropriate essential oils are chosen to assist them. Client's needs may be physical or emotional and personal blends are created with the uniqueness of each individual and how best their support will be utilized ie: as a spray, cream, salve, or in a diffuser.
Consult remedy extra
Client's concerns are identified during an in-depth consultation and an essential oil blend is formulated specifically to address those concerns.
This remedy is applied to the client's pertinent pulse points required to activate healing responses in the body. This session is combined with Reiki to provide the optimal calming conditions for healing to occur.
Clients are encouraged to follow the pulse point application at home with their personal essential oil remedy (included with treatment).
The simple placement of hands on the body helps to induce a balanced and centered state of being. Reiki calms the central nervous system, supports the immune system and creates space for the non-verbal release of emotion. When the body is in a relaxed or parasympathetic state, it functions as the self-restoring network it was designed to be. Regular Reiki sessions help us manage the every day stressors of life that we all encounter.
Fireweed Salve has a soft and smooth consistency that is easily absorbed by sore and sensitive skin.
Ingredients: Fireweed infused olive oil (Olea europaea), coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), beeswax (Cera alba) and essential oils Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Clove bud (Svzvaium aromaticum) and Vitamin E.
Use: Fireweed Salve can be massaged into the skin to soothe sore muscles or applied gently to cuts, scrapes and burns, allowing the therapeutic properties of the ingredients to be absorbed.
2oz Jar- $16.00
Fireweed Lip Balm is a soft, gentle formulation that melts into dry, cracked, and sensitive lips.
Ingredients: Fireweed infused Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao), Beeswax (Cera alba) and essential oils Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Vitamin E
Use: Fireweed Lip Balm has a soothing consistency suitable for the most tender and damaged lips and contains anti-viral properties that are known to help with cold sores.
Honey Skin Cream combines fireweed- infused oils with fireweed honey creating a sweet, rich cream that soaks deep into dry, chapped skin. Essential oils with anti-fungal properties are added to enrich this already nourishing combination.
Ingredients: Distilled water, Fireweed honey (Apis melifera), Fireweed-infused coconut oil (Cocos nucifera), Meadow foam (Limnanthes alba) and Castor (Ricinus communis) oils, emulsifying wax, steric acid, cytle alcohol, potassium sorbate, rosemary extrac and vitamin E. Plus essential oils of Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Honey myrtle (Melaleuca teretifolia), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), Clove bud (Svzvaium aromaticum), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) Fragonia (Agonis fragrans), Black Spruce (Picea mariana).
Use: Honey Skin Cream can be applied anytime for moisturizing, but is especially soothing applied to feet and hands before bed.
2oz jar - $16.00
Contains young tender leaves and flowers, is a mild tasting, relaxing tea that can be enjoyed at anytime.
60 grams loose tea - $7.00
Repair and Renew cream
is a thick, healing cream that soothes tired and sore feet, softening deep cracks in heals and rough scaly elbows.
Ingredients: Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera),
Shea butter, Fireweed infused (Epilobium angustifolia) olive oil (Olea europaea), Bees wax (Cera alba), emulsifying wax, potassium sorbate, Vitamin E and essential oils Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cinnamon leaf
2oz jar - $12.00
Fireweed Infused Carrier Oils
This is where it begins.
These are the two carrier oils that the Fireweed products are created from. Each one has its own unique strengths and soothing properties.
Olive oil - 30 ml $10.00
Coconut oil - 30ml $10.00
Essential oils are the aromatic, chemical compounds plants produce to attract pollinators and repel predators,
and they live in the cells, flowers, roots, bark, leaves, and fruit of the plants.
Aromatic compounds are volatile molecules made up of organic chemicals and contain properties that are:
anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic.
These aromatic compounds and their properties activate healing responses in the human body.
As humans, we have a very strong and close relationship with the plant world.
Our bodies recognize the substances that occur in plants, which in turn enables us to metabolize or process them easily.
We rely heavily on plants for the food and medicines they provide, and as their design and cellular structures are so similar to ours,
plants will also sustain us on emotional and spiritual levels.
Our sense of smell is one of the five senses that helps to keep us feeling safe in the world.
The action of smelling something bypasses the conscious part of the brain and activates our instinctive and reactive behaviour.
If something smells good to us, we relax. If the smell is not pleasant and possibly dangerous, our bodies will prepare us for action.
This is the Fight and Flight - Rest and Digest mechanism of our Central Nervous System
Essential oils, with their fragrant molecules, provide us with a unique opportunity to work with our sense of smell to consciously change our physiology and in doing so, help ourselves get back into a balanced and centered state of being.
When we feel calm, relaxed, safe, and supported while inhaling a pleasing smell,
we can return to this feeling quickly and easily by smelling this same scent again.
This is referred to as Aromatic Anchoring.
The practical tool of a pocket inhaler containing a specifically chosen scent that has been anchored to a relaxing feeling will provide us the means to access this calm state again by ourselves, as well as providing us with a sense of control in times of turmoil and confusion.
Pocket inhalers are simple and discreet. They can be used anywhere and anytime Essential oil support is needed.
Essential oil sprays are another easy and convenient way to embrace the support of fragrant plants.
Fireweed Essentials has created a wide variety of unique Essential oil blends that can be used to mist rooms and around your body to uplift and alter moods, emotions and environments.
Candace Pert, PhD author of Molecules of Emotion states: "The ability of essential oils to harmonize emotions, raise our spirits, and eliminate microbial infections has made them extremely precious and highly sought after throughout human history."
Choose from essential oil blends created for stress, anxiety, depression, or a customized blend that can be made to fit your personal needs.
$12.00 - reusable container - choose silver, blue or purple
price includes essential oil blend
$8.00 medicinal-grade plastic
Essential oil sprays are pure essential oils dispersed into distilled water. They are a fast and convenient way to cleanse and purify personal environments and sacred spaces. Sprays can be carried with you and used for sanitizing your hands or misted around rooms in place of sage sticks for smudging and clearing spaces. Each blend is created with intent and a specific purpose. But all scents are subjective and each person will identify and find a supporting fragrance that fits their own purpose and/or pleasure.
8oz bottle with spray mister - $10.00
(not to be confused with floral water or hydrosol)
Move beyond self-imposed limitations
Shift Essential Oil Spray is a wonderful combination of essential oils that can help to soften emotionally charged situations.
Ingredients: Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of room, around your body, or onto hands and deeply inhale, any time you want to shift and change the perception of your environment and emotions.
Uplift your spirits with the peace of mind of a protected and shielded space
Spirt Essential oils spray offers comfort in the age-old wisdom of protection.
Ingredients: Orange (Citrus sinensis), Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Sage (Salvia officinalis), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of room, around your body, or onto hands and deeply inhale, anytime you find the need to clear, cleanse or protect your personal space and boundaries.
Opens and supports pathways of change
Ingredients: Cypress (cupressus sempervirens) , Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Sage (Salvia officinalis), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of room, around your body, or onto hands and deeply inhale, anytime you are on the brink of change and need the steadiness of the forest and the wisdom of sage.
Expands awareness to the enduring generosity of spirit
Ingredients: Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Spruce (Picea mariana), Fir (Abies balsmaea), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of your room, around your body, or onto your hands and inhale deeply when you need to stay anchored while expanding your awareness of your situation, space or environment.
Activates and frees energy reserves
Ingredients: Black Spruce (Pinus sylvestris), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Litsea cubeba (Litsea cubeba), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of your room, around your body, or onto your hands and inhale deeply whenever you need a stimulating, refreshing, kick-start or boost.
Soft and Serene - Balance helps to calm and restore your equilibrium, allowing you to make empowering choices from a still place within.
Ingredients: Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Neroli (Citrus aurantium), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of your room, around your body, or onto your hands and inhale deeply whenever you need calm, balanced and focused determination.
Embrace the world's beauty with an open heart with this full expression of fragrant Love
Ingredients: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Rosewood (Aniba roseodora), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the air and walk through this Loving and Joyful fragrance to carry with you throughout your day.
Illuminates the realms of Hope - Faith - Peace - Joy
Ingredients: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Petigrain (Citrus aurantium), Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the air and walk through this promising fragrance of illumination and possibility.
Supports and Consoles us during times of loss and sadness
Ingredients: Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Fragonia (Argonis fragrans), Rosalina (Melaleuca ericafolia), Rosewood (Aniba roseodora), Spikenard (Nardostanchys jatamansi), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into air around body and onto the palms of your hands to inhale whenever you feel the need of a safe harbor.
Trust in the Certainty of being cradled in loving care as you venture into new and unknown places
Sacred Space Essential oil spray holds you safe when you are on the precipice of new beginnings.
Ingredients: Orange (Citus sinensis),
Rosewood (Aniba roseodora), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Black Pepper(Piper nigrum), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into corners of room, around your body, or onto your hands and inhale deeply when you need the courage in facing the uncertainty of new beginnings.
Empowerment - allows you to take control of your sleeping space and rest with assurance (Yin energy)
Ingredients: Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of your sleeping space for a deep and restful sleep.
Empowerment - allows you to take control of your sleeping space and rest with assurance (Yang energy)
Ingredients: Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanitca), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Rosewood (Aniba roseodora), essential oils dispersed in distilled water.
Use: Mist into the corners of your sleeping space for a deep and restful sleep.
“A practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.”
In meditation, it's our sense of awareness that helps us to cultivate acceptance, openness, and relaxation within ourselves regarding our surroundings, situations and feelings. Essential oils can help us do the same using our sense of smell and our emotions. Using the “Voice of Scent” to guide you through specific visualizations and including the scent of an essential oil blend created to enhance the experience, we are able to create a multi-sensory meditation experience that offers a powerful tool of focus and encouragement.
The Voice of Scent Meditations
I have created a CD with 8 different visualizations to walk you on a journey into the natural world. By connecting with our own nature and visualizing through our senses of sound and smell, we can create a calming environment within ourselves that truly supports us on our walk through our own lives. Also available as a link that can be downloaded on your computer, IPad or phone, these meditations can be done anywhere and anytime you may feel the need to center yourself. With the convenience of a small, portable pocket inhaler that's easily transportable and can be used anytime, your meditation experience becomes richer, deeper and more effective.
Please call me for more details.
The background music supporting these meditations, was purchased from Enlightened Audio. "There's an innocence to this music - a gentleness and purity that reminds me of the beginnings of things, like childhood, sunrise, and the coming of Spring" describes Christopher Lloyd Clarke composer of the sound track, First Light. Christopher is director of the Enlightened Audio website and the sole composer of all the music you’ll find there. He specializes in music for deep relaxation, healing, hypnosis and enhanced meditation. From his studio in Apollo Bay on the southern coast of Australia, his ongoing mission is to create beautiful music that helps people live happier, healthier and more peaceful lives. www.enlightenedaudio.com
Introduction to the Voice of Scent Meditation CD
"Having recently purchased a Honey Skin Cream from Fireweed Essentials, I was using it for a rough, red patch on my face and was delighted to see it clear up completely. At the same time a friend staying with me had for a few days been complaining about a hive-type rash on the inside of her arms that were constantly itching. They were lumpy blisters. I suggested she try using the Honey Skin Cream. To our delight they settled and stopped itching. Overnight the rash had almost cleared completely. It was a very impressive result". Fran
"I have been using Margo's fireweed salve for accidental burns from the oven & fireplace, for minor cuts, mild eczema on my thumbs and for my arthritis in my toes. Thank you Margo, It is amazing how quickly burns & cuts heal faster, my eczema doesn't bother me as much in the winter and the arthritis becomes manageable after using the fireweed salve. I believe so strongly in this product that I have gifted it to several friends, who rave about it as much as I do. I also use the essential oil spray called "Shift Blend" after the end of a day of work...lifts my mood & spirit. Thank you, Angela"
Wonderful Margo. Awesome in every sense. Excellent, nourishing products & presentation. Knowledge of essential oils is above & beyond. A welcome, nurturing place to shop or just be. Great service with a smile. Thanks Margo. Love, Elli
Your soap is the only soap that keeps its scent until the very end. It's wonderful. Shannon
I just wanted to tell you about the Anise Rockweed Soap. It is awesome. Lovely, big, aromatic lather. It is the best soap I have ever used in the shower. Eleanor
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