What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant extracts, known as essential oils, to elevate our mood and enhance the natural healing process of our bodies
Using Essential Oils: Therapeutic Aromatherapy
Take the benefits of essential oils to a whole new level.
Working with someone who’s certified in therapeutic aromatherapy is different from picking up an oil at the store or at an essential oils party.
There’s a lot of misinformation about essential oils out there. It can be a real challenge finding what works.
Lots of people are recommending oils without understanding how they work together and how they work inside the human body.
No more figuring it out on your own, wondering what’s safe and why you don’t see results.
As a trained professional aromatherapist, I’ll clear up the confusion and get you connected with the essential oils and application methods that are right for your condition.
You’ll absolutely love the blends I create.
By understanding the chemistry of aromatic compounds and how they work together, everything you use will be safe and highly effective.
Aromatherapy with essential oils is a blend of art and science that can work wonders for many conditions including:
Lower back pain
Headaches and migraines
Wound care, eczema and psoriasis
Stress and anger management
I'm certified in therapeutic aromatherapy and I can help you with a variety of issues from stress and anxiety to lower back pain and skin problems.
We'll take the time to talk about your unique situation and you'll enjoy a relaxing, customized treatment experience.
You can take it to the next level with yoga, reiki or Thai massage as well.
Essential oils can be used on the skin or can be inhaled, depending on the oil and what it’s being used for.
Though essential oils have been used throughout history in a variety of ways, the term “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1930s by the French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse.
After receiving his degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lyon, Rene-Maurice worked for his father’s company, Gattefosse Establishments. They specialized in essential oils and petroleum products to make perfumes and drugstore products.
In 1910, there was a gas explosion and Rene-Maurice used the essence of lavender to heal his burns. He later wrote about this experience in his book, Aromatherapy, written in 1937:
He wrote, “In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped the ‘gasification of the tissue’. This treatment was followed by profuse sweating and healing began the next day.”
This experience led him and his brother, who was also a chemist and a botanist, to dive into researching the healing properties of essential oils.
The work done by the Gattefosses as well as many others since the 1950s, discovered that essential oils work in two ways:
By inhaling scent, our olfactory nerves are activated which also activates our limbic system. The limbic system of our brain is concerned with survival, instincts and emotions. When these two systems are activated, scent has the power to evoke emotion and vivid memory recall.
2. Topical applicationEssential oils have chemical compounds and antimicrobial properties that aid in the healing of our bodies. This method is great for pain and inflammation. Sometimes specific carrier oils are blended with the essential oils to not only protect our skin, but help with absorption.