Isn’t amazing to behold all of the recipes that are available for essential oils on Pinterest?
Many telling you how essential oils can cure everything from lice to cancer to depression.
Do you ever sit back and question these recipes and their cure-all mentality to ask for the research like you would for any drug your doctor was going to give you?
It is always crazy to me to watch the parents who refuse to give their child vaccines for whatever reason but then will drench them in essential oils just because their friend told them it was safe.
Would you take a random pill out of the bottom of your friends purse and give it to your child because your friend said it would cure their “blank”?
Most people I come across and ask this to remark with a "Well, I never thought of it that way." My question to you is then WHY? Why do people always assume natural = safe when we know there are things out there that are perfectly natural but yet people are still allergic to?
This is why you need an aromatherapist.
Many will find the above obnoxious but it is there to serve a point, I promise.
The role of an aromatherapist is to be someone who is well studied in the area, someone that can give you sensible recommendations on the use of essential oils. Just as you go to a doctor for sensible recommendations on what to do for your health, you can go to a nutritionist for recommendations on how to eat better and you go to a chiropractor to help straighten out your alignment. Having an aromatherapist should be as natural and without question as any of the above. I don't go to my friend to crack my neck because, they may just hurt me. Essential oils, although natural, can still hurt you. They can affect other disorders or issues you may have, they can interfere with medications you maybe on. Most of your friends and well-meaning family will not thoroughly understand the intricate ways essential oils can weave into your health; this is when having an aromatherapist can help you. We can be a vital portion of your well-care, the essential oils can help in so many ways but only when used appropriately; otherwise they can land you into needing more and more health-care.
How do I find an aromatherapist?
First thing you can do is call or set up an appointment with ME- I AM AN AROMATHERAPIST ( specializing in the use in pregnancy and with children). Alternatively you can go to NAHA or AIA both of these are direct links that will allow you to find an aromatherapist in your area or one who may specialize in just the thing you need help with. But~ just as you would check out the background of your doctor or chiropractor you want to check the background of your potential aromatherapist. Though if you find them on either of the above links you are probably getting the real deal, however, not all aromatherapists are created equal. Some “schools” only have people to 10 or 20 hours of work and call themselves aromatherapists, ones approved by the organizations listed below require quite a bit more work.
Where did they go to school?
There are many great schools of aromatherapy, some are approved by one or multiple aromatherapy organizations. For example Aromahead Institute (where I went) is approved with NAHA (The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists) and IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists) because the school is approved I am able to be (and currently am) a professional member of all 3 of these organizations.
How many hours of education do they have in the field?
Schools approved by the above organizations require at least 200 hours to be called a certified aromatherapist and a good deal more to be considered a clinical or advanced-practitioner of aromatherapy. That is why it is good to see where your aromatherapist went to school and check out the school online, does it seem legitimate? Is it approved by any of the above organizations? Though being approved is not a requirement to be a good school, it does help to lend weight to the credentials of the program.
Once you find an aromatherapist that you like and has a reasonable background and education in the field then it is time to set up an appointment with them. Getting a blend from an aromatherapist is the best way to know that the blend is going to work for you (and if it doesn’t most will be able to figure out why and how to adjust your blend accordingly).
Remember that no aromatherapist can treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any known disease or illness. What we do is well-care, we help support your body to do what it is supposed to do naturally that all the things we encounter like to throw off track.
Please be safe in all that you do and have a beautiful rest of this year ~ Amber