What is an aromatherapist and why should I talk with one about essential oil use?
An aromatherapist is someone who has studied (and most likely continues to study) the effects of oils on the many body systems. As I have begun to show you different chemical families have different therapeutic properties and have different interactions within the body. This is just one of many examples of things I have studied to get my certification. Talking with someone certified in this field is important because many people who sell essential oils have not studied these areas (some have, but many have not). There are many oils that are contraindicated (advised against) for certain issues and for people using certain medications. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, using heart medications, children and babies are just a few of the different areas where oils can be toxic to use. Also please note that your aromatherapist may not be able to advise you on a specific topic- they should stay within their particular scope of practice. For example, I have just completed my first level of certification, I can advise on most issues but cannot advise on internal use nor on use in pets, these are things I am not certified in. (Though through the next year that will be changing)
What is involved with a consultation with an aromatherapist?
You know when you go to the doctor and they have you fill out the questionnaire about medications you are on, current symptoms, any previous or known allergies etc.? When getting a consult with a certified aromatherapist the same types of questions will be asked of you. These questions help to ensure the aromatherapist does not give you an oil that may interact in a negative way with something else you are currently on or a known allergy. Now unlike the doctor’s office, an aromatherapist cannot diagnose or treat any illness, disease or issue. This means that the aromatherapist can/will suggest oils that MAY help symptoms. For example, I will show you which oils I recommend and the science/ lab test results that are known and how they may apply to you.
The bottle of oil lists the ingredients as just the oil (i.e. a bottle of Eucalyptus says ingredients: Eucalyptus globulus) - so it is 100% pure, why do I need a GC/MS?
As previously discussed a GC/MS listing is the complete breakdown of ALL chemicals within the oil. Each essential oil has between 20 and 200 (plus) chemicals within the oil. This breakdown will show if there are any chemicals that show the oil has been adulterated (messed with). To ensure this you will need to match said GC/MS against what is “normal” for that oil. Each essential oil has a known list- easily found online (or in Robert Tisserand’s book of E.O. Safety). Also remember there is not a regulating body for essential oils as of now, as long as it has 5% of the oil in it, said bottle can be labeled as “pure”. This also applies to the term “Therapeutic Grade” there is NO SUCH THING in the essential oil industry- this is a made up term, and in my opinion any company that uses it is just trying to deceive the consumer to market their product as somehow better than other oils on the market, when said grading does not exsist.
Why do you not work with doTERRA oils anymore?
This was a personal choice as I completed my certification. I honestly feel that in order to help customers as I do consultations I need to be able to ensure the purity of the oils I am giving them. Due to doTERRA’s decision to keep their GC/MS reports as proprietary I cannot ensure the purity for my customers. Also, when recommending a company to go to for my customers I have found that there are oils companies that do not hide the GC/MS and their oils prices are less expensive than through the MLM (multilevel marketing) companies. Plus being in Okinawa I have found that other companies do not have the same issues getting their oils to the island. Then there is the unsafe practices taught to the “wellness advocates”, this includes ingestion of oils without proper teaching to ensure those oils will not interfere with medications a client/customer is currently on. They also advocate use of Peppermint (mentha x piperita) and Eucalyptus (both Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata) on not only smaller children but babies, including newborns, as well. Knowing that these oils can cause breathing to slow, I cannot in good faith recommend any of these oils for use in children whom are already sick and having issues breathing. And as such I will not put my name next to a company that suggests this either- it is literally putting lives at risk.