What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a complementary, holistic therapy that utilizes plant materials and naturally extracted plant essences ( Essential Oils ) to promote balance and support for the mind, body and soul.
In addition to Essential Oils, Aromatherapy will usually include the use of:
Plant Butters – Shea, Cocoa, Mango Butter.
Hydrosols – a by-product of steam distillation that contains the water soluble molecules of the essential oil. Very gentle for young / sensitive skin but highly effective.
Herbal Infusions- herbs infused in a carrier oil eg. Calendula infused in Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil.
What exactly are Essential Oils?
They are volatile ( meaning they have a tendency to evaporate ) aroma compounds from plants. They are extracted by a variety of methods. Such as, steam distillation, solvent extraction, cold pressing or CO2 extraction. Not all plants will product an essential oil but for the ones that do, the oil may be extracted from the root, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit or bark or peel.
What can Aromatherapy do for you?
A host of things!! But to clear the air first, Aromatherapists do not diagnose, treat or prescribe anything. We leave that to your medical or naturopathic doctor. A qualified Aromatherapist realizes that aromatherapy is a complementary therapy meaning in addition too, and does not replace any medical treatments you are currently receiving. Your Aromatherapist and Health Care Provider should essentially be working together if you choose to use Essential Oils.
So, what can Aromatherapy do for you??
It can help with stress management, feelings of sadness or anxiousness. It can reduce tension in the body and promote a more restful sleep. Soothe irritated skin or support the immune system. Aromatherapy can also help with memory, concentration, mental clarity and much much more!
How can I use Essential Oils?
There are 2 very safe methods of use for Essential Oils:
• Inhalation- inhaler, diffuser, room & linen sprays
• Topical Application- massage oils, bath and skin care products
Essential Oil Safety
* Always dilute your Essential Oils with a carrier oil. Never apply directly to the skin. ( a 1% dilution which is recommended for children 2+ would be the equivalent of adding 1 drop of essential oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil )
* Ingesting Oils is NOT recommended. Essential oils taken by mouth could lead to very serious side affects. They could also contradict with other medications currently being used. The Canadian Federation of Aromatherapist does not support this method of use. Please consult a Health Care Practitioner trained at the appropriate clinical level before any internal use.
* Consult an Aromatherapist prior to use if you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding.
* Use only high quality essential oils from reputable sources. Read the label to be sure you’re getting 100% pure oil and not something adulterated.
What to expect from your first consultation with a Certified Aromatherapist.
Similar to other Holistic Healthcare Providers your Aromatherapist will take a health history that covers basic information about your health background. ( chronic or acute issues, allergies, current medications etc ) The the more in depth you answer the better they will be able to assist you.
Depending on training, your Aromatherapist may also assess your emotional needs or energetic systems. ( Chakras )
Your Aromatherapist will then skillfully blend a selection of oils to enhance the desired properties and aroma of your product. ( You may get your product(s) at that visit or 1-2 business days after depending on the Aromatherapist )
A follow up appointment is critical in order to discuss your progress and response to the products/oils and to change your plan if needed.