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Facts, Fiction, Information, Misinformation….It’s all out there
Two weeks ago, I shared information about the benefits of Custom Aromatherapy Blends and how they can help people in every day life.
But I didn’t address the safety concerns, myths, and other misinformation out in the Internet and other places in that post. There wasn’t enough space, and I didn’t want to detract from the main message: aromatherapy can help in many ways when used with educated, thoughtful, intention and care. But at the same time, I want you all to understand that an essential part of my practice is learning about and applying the aromatherapy safety standards and FDA guidelines to every blend I make.
Plus I am still at the beginning of my aromatherapy journey and learning with you. That means many experts have written and shared articles, podcasts, etc. that discuss safety and myths much better than I can now. These people have decades of experience practicing aromatherapy and other holistic healing modalities and make the information accessible – easy to read/listen and understand.
Aromatherapy as ONE Aspect of Plant medicine (holistic medicine?) – My Perspective
You will find many opinions and observations about aromatherapy as its own from of plant medicine separate from herbalism and other modalities. You will also find many opinions about how aromatherapy is not really medicinal and a waste of precious plant medicine because it only uses parts of plants instead of the whole plant and excludes all plants without fragrance. Finally, there are people who prefer staying closer to the middle of the continuum in their opinions.
They acknowledge both points of view as valid and also find middle ground: aromatherapy and herbalism are like cousins and can be used together or in combination to support health and wellness goals
That middle ground, it’s where my opinions and perspectives about holistic medicine and plants in general. I started with aromatherapy because it felt safer and less triggering than working with (and probably killing) lots of plants. But as I learned more about essential oils and the plants they came from, my curiosity about herbalism and other kinds of plant medicine increased too. In my mind, I can’t really learn about one without learning about the other too.
And so, my knowledge and worldview continues to expand and change as the plant adventures (classes, case studies, experiments on myself) continue. Maybe after reading this, yours will too. Or maybe not.
But, no matter what, I hope these links help you make informed and educated choices about how you use aromatherapy and essential oils in your life.
5 Aromatherapy Resources
This is an article about essential oils and COVID-19. I find it extremely relevant to share here because my goal is to support people as they become empowered to make positive changes and educated choices about their health and wellness goals – not provide a “magic bullet” that cures everything with essential oils and aromatherapy.
When considering what types of essential oils to purchase, I’d like to recommend this blog post from Robert Tisserand published in April 2010. The blog post provides relevant information about essential oil advertising and labeling for consumers with regards to the phrase “therapeutic grade essential oils”.
This blog post comes from my instructor, Andrea Butje, at the Aromahead blog. Andrea explains the benefits of aromatherapy inhalers better than I can and provides some recipes for people to try. Yes, I’ve tried her recipes. Yes they work really well and are a great place to start when learning about essential oils and blending.
Aromaweb.com is a combination website that offers classes, beginner & safety information, essential oil profiles with a glossary, and book reviews. I like going here to read articles and get information about specific essential oils or distillation processes. It’s a place that offered me new resources for my research paper and source links so I could explore on my own.
Last, but not least, is Aroma Culture magazine and their Herbs & Oils podcast. This is one of my favorite places to learn about herbs and oils from experts all around the world. My subscription is pending because of limited funds, but the podcasts are free and offer lots of great information about essential oils (current practices, research, daily use, therapeutic use, etc.) and herbs (western herbalism, Ayurveda, TCM, other types of plant medicine, etc) in each episode.
Reflection: How can you be adventurous and continue to explore life (i.e. thrive) as the world throws challenges your way?
Love and Rainbows ~ TJ