As a massage therapist, I learned about essential oils along with carrier oils back in massage school. Not too much information really, just that they were sometimes used in spa treatments for relaxation or to open up airways for clients after they had been face down on a table for a while.
I was introduced to the larger EO companies that claimed pretty miraculous benefits from their specific oils. It was intriguing for sure but something didn't fit for me. I went on to study herbal medicine. It's funny how things circle back around.
A few years ago I met a local RA (registered aromatherapist) and my spark was lit once again. I wanted to know more and really understand the therapeutic benefits of plants. After taking her class, I felt compelled to do more research and found a really well balanced online school for essential oil studies. Not only was I further aquatinted with EO's but I also learned more about plants andhydrosols.
This past spring, I became a certified aromatherapist and I'm really looking forward to adding Aromatherapy to my services and will be offering a few options and a fresh take on all that I have learned. Look for my updates and additions to my service menu January of 2015.
Essential oils are highly fragrant oils with therapeutic chemical components. Mostly they are distilled or cold pressed from the various parts of plants like the roots, leaves, rinds, or flowers.
Each part has its own chemical makeup which can be used therapeutically from anything to easing cold and flu symptoms, helping insomniacs sleep, or changing a mood.
Aromatherapy is part of herbal medicine and it takes some studying to understand how to use oils properly and safely. After all, some of these oils are solvents and can cause burns and sensitization if used inappropriately.