1. What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. They are the powerful life-force, bio-energy, “immune system” of the plant.
2. How do essential oils help us?
An essential oil has a very complex chemical profile of compounds, elements, molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, terpenes, monoterpenes, phenols, etc. The chemical structure of essential oils in comparison to human tissues and cells have comparable characteristics. Essential oils are compatible and accepted by the human body. How our body responds will be different for each one of us based on our chemical profile, lifestyle and concerns. Essential oils assist the body in its own natural healing experience.
3. Are essential oils safe?
Essential oils that are adulterated or “synthetic” and labeled incorrectly present dangers that can be detrimental and do not have any therapeutic value. There is a strict, “gold standard” of testing and there are very few essential oil companies that meet these standards. What we breathe in and topically apply does enter our body so it is safe practice to only use essential oils that meet standards of AFNOR (Associated French Normalization Organization Regulation) or ISO International Standards Organization). There is no current government agency in the U.S. responsible for certifying the quality of essential oils which means what you find in your local retail, grocery, health food store, and online could be mislabeled and do not meet the standard of the organizations mentioned above. It is important to do your own research, know what questions to ask, and add an aromatherapist to your health and wellness care team.
4. Why do I need an aromatherapist?
An aromatherapist does not diagnose, treat, prescribe or claim to cure, but rather works within the scope of practice to educate and empower you to to make decisions for your own well-being. Essential oils are a powerful catalyst to health and wellness, deserve our respect and users should be educated for safe practice. Pinterest, Google and much of the published information you find should be looked at with caution. Some publication is compilation copied from other aromatherapy books, therefore misinformation is repeated. A certified and trained aromatherapist is educated based on research and studies and will provide you with approved resources, literature, and information regarding aromatherapy classes and programs.