Why We Use Aromatherapy

Sagesse’s Use of Aromatherapy

By: Denise Watson, Allira Aromatics

Aromatherapy can be a very useful tool in life’s most challenging moments. Good quality essential oils are one of the only natural products that can be used to cross the blood/brain barrier (where the essential oil molecules go from the blood stream into the brain) and have a physical effect on our central nervous system and the limbic system (in the brain).

Our central nervous system is what connects our brain and spinal cord and is the pathway in which our brain tells our body what to do.

Our limbic system is where we store all our memories and the emotional responses we have. The olfactory bulb (sense of smell) is the first stop in the limbic system; therefore, memories attached to smells are quite strong. Our sense of smell is the fastest recall to our memories.

One thing of note, the physical healing properties of essential oils do the same thing on an emotional and spiritual level. Knowing this, I created a custom blend for Sagesse and the women they are empowering to heal, learn and grow. I selected four, very specific, essential oils; Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Clary Sage and Lemon.

Roman Chamomile is known for pain relief, its calming and soothing properties, and acts as a central nervous system sedative. It will aid in relaxing, calming overthinking, and encourage one to just breathe and relax.

Lavender is also known for pain relief, antidepressant qualities, it heals burns, calms, soothes, nurtures, reduces anxiety and acts as a central nervous system sedative. It will encourage ones’ state of mind, to relax and nurture ones’ self.

Clary Sage is known for pain relief, reduces anxiety, calms, and provides clarity, it is also a central nervous system sedative. It will encourage clear and rational thinking, and balance hormonal activity.

Lemon is known for being uplifting and cleansing, is an antidepressant, and aids in reducing tension. It will encourage rational thinking and give one a clear head.

The oils, together, encourage a peaceful blend of balance and calm within the user. They promote the kind of inner harmony and outer space that Sagesse strives daily to create for their clients and those around them. In essence, this particular blend is about wisdom, empowerment and strength.

Before using the spray, it is significant to create your own sentence, phrase or mantra;  to say each time you use this blend, for encouragement, healing, learning and growth.

Breathe. Relax. and know you have a clear mind to make sound decisions and have the power to move forward on this path of nurturing yourself, as it is for your greatest good.

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Provincial Collective Impact Initiative to Address Domestic Violence in Alberta

The Government of Alberta has provided $140,000 in funding to Sagesse to support the Provincial Collective Impact Initiative to address domestic violence across the province. The initiative will bring together a network of service providers to address shared issues, enhance services and supports across Alberta and identify opportunities for large scale change.  This work will build the capacity of service providers across the province and enable Albertans affected by domestic violence to have access to high quality supports in their communities.

Preventing domestic violence is going to take a collective effort, no single organization can do it alone. Everyone has a role to play. Sagesse recognizes that large scale social change requires broad cross-sector leadership, coordination, collaboration and engaged citizens. Working together, we can change the prevalence of domestic violence and build healthy and sustainable communities throughout the province.

“Domestic violence is not secluded to one or two communities or pockets of the province, it is in every community, that’s why working collaboratively on the issue is paramount. The Provincial Collective Impact Initiative will enable all stakeholders to capitalize on the knowledge, wisdom and direction Sagesse can offer in the area of domestic violence.”

  Lisa Hannaford, Manager of Green View Family and Community Support Services

“We as Albertans need to address the complexities that underpin the structures that support violence and create deep and durable impact. A provincial collective impact initiative will allow us to identify and support high-impact opportunities, share knowledge and influence norms and practices to address domestic violence across the province.”

   Andrea Silverstone, Executive Director, Sagesse

“Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society has greatly benefited from the partnership that we have created with Sagesse and its members. Collective work on issues of family violence is important as it provides consistency in our approach, assists us with identifying gaps and patterns and it gives agencies and organizations a collective voice to use when we are advocating for change.  We never feel alone in the work we do, as we have a greater momentum when working collectively.”

   Jodi Heidinger, Coordinator Family Violence Prevention Program, Families First Society

“No Albertan should live in fear or suffer alone. Our funding will help build vital supports for survivors in rural communities. We are proud to work with partners like Sagesse to further our commitment to end domestic violence in this province.”

   Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

Click here to learn more about the initiative.

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National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week!

April 15 – 21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week and Sagesse is especially grateful to all our volunteers who donate their time to empower individuals experiencing domestic violence across Alberta. Over the past year, more than 150 volunteers have donated more than 5000 hours to empowering individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of violence. Their generosity has impacted over 700 people as part of our mission to break the cycle of violence.

Volunteers at Sagesse wear many hats: They assist with delivering our peer support programs dedicated to empowering women who may be at risk of, or are experiencing abuse; they help with administrative tasks in our office; they participate in community events on behalf of Sagesse to help raise awareness around our programs and initiatives – just to name a few things! In short, we don’t know what we’d do without our wonderful volunteers, so we want to say a very big THANK YOU!

Sagesse is always looking for volunteers who have a passion for giving back and a love for curating healthy relationships to end domestic violence. Learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at Sagesse and read more about our volunteer wellness program on our website at

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