What is aromatherapy?
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.”
Diane Ackerman – A Natural History of the Senses
I LOVE this quote by Ackerman because it describes so well why aromatherapy speaks so deeply to me and to so many others. Having first-hand experience of essential oils and seeing the positive outcome of using oils with many a client, I truly believe that holistic use of essential oils can be transformational.
In a nutshell, aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to support our health and wellbeing. The oils may work on many levels to bring about subtle changes in our physical and emotional beings and can be used in sprays, inhalations, burners, baths, massage, compresses, creams and lotions. Essential oils can be inhaled, where the scent is carried directly to the olfactory gland and hence our central nervous system, or can be absorbed topically through the skin.
Essential oils are volatile substances taken from the leaves, flowers, roots, barks and resins of healing plants. Sometimes referred to as the “soul of the plant”, they are captured using a variety of techniques and are sold in small bottles, commonly 5ml or 10ml.
I qualified in 2006 as an aromatherapist after studying for a Diploma in Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies. In 2009 I became qualified in Neal’s Yard Remedies Holistic Facials. Since then I have gone on to study dynamic deep tissue massage techniques, advanced essential oil blending, skincare product making, and seasonal herbal medicines.
Essential oils are beautiful to work with but please make sure you use them safely. If in doubt book a consultation with a trained and certified aromatherapist.
• Essential oils are volatile and flammable substances and should be used with caution.
• Never use oils undiluted.
• Use oils sparingly (stick to the number of drops specified) and avoid direct skin contact with undiluted oils. If you do spill essential oil on your skin then dilute with a drop of vegetable oil and then wash off well with warm, soapy water.
• Never ingest essential oils without the guidance of a fully trained aromatherapist.
• Keep away from the eyes.
• Although many essential oils are safe oils to work with, you should check with your aromatherapist or medical practitioner before using them if you are on medication, have a pre-existing condition, or are pregnant.
• The information on this website is purely for information and self-care purposes and is not in any way meant to replace traditional medical care or supervision.
That said, please do not be scared of essential oils. They are beautiful to work with, really benefiting us by harnessing the energy of the individual plants ♥
If you are reading this page I’m guessing you are interested in this beautiful healing art and would like to know more about aromatherapy. Please head over here for blog posts on aromatherapy. If you have a specific question regarding aromatherapy please contact me or shop essential oils and organic skincare at my online shop.