An Aromatherapist’s Journey… Naïve.
I am passionate about the beneficial and fragrant use of essential oils. But my journey began with not fully understanding what aromatherapy is or how essential oils are used.
When I began my training, I thought I was just going to be pouring oils into one another and making great aromas. I was so wrong.
From personal experience, I now know the relief essentials oils can bring and have come to believe deeply in using integrated medicine to address both health and well-being. One-size doesn’t automatically fit all.
Have you ever sipped a cup of Chamomile tea to help you sleep? Or, used Ginger in some form to ease a tummy ache? Do you carry peppermints on your travels to quickly address the feeling of nausea? If so, then you are using natural remedies.
The word aromatherapy can be somewhat misleading. We are inclined to think of an aroma as just a beautiful fragrance that we can enjoy. That’s what I thought to begin with. It didn’t take long for me to realize that there’s so much more to these wonderful oils that nature provides.
The history of aromatherapy fascinated me so much that I decided to write my research paper on “Aromatherapy – an Ancient Practice”. It all started to make sense and as my instructor, Andrea Butje states “First there’s confusion, then there’s clarity”.
Essential Oil Chemistry, are you kidding me?
I hated chemistry in school! Did I mention, I hated chemistry in school? Today, I am constantly fascinated by the chemical components of essential oils and the many therapeutic benefits they bring to our health. Who knew?
I would study with childlike-wonder and amazed that a plant can be of the same genus and species, but produce different chemotypes.
Genus, Species, Chemotypes? What on earth are those?
Well, for instance, the popular Lavender essential oil, that we all know and love, has 2 chemotypes (chemical types) depending on where the plant is grown:
- Lavandula angustifolia
- Lavandula latifolia.
Two Lavenders for the price of one?
No. Why is it so important to recognize what you are purchasing? Because different chemotypes produce different therapeutic effects. I know, it’s pretty amazing stuff, right?
For me, it is personally rewarding to take some responsibility over mine and my family’s basic health needs. Creating products for your personal and home use is not only satisfying, but also saves a few pennies in the long run. An Aromatherapist’s Journey, not so simple after all. Penny for your thoughts…