I am very excited to announce that I am furthering my education by enrolling in the East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies to become a Certified Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner. You can read more about aromatherapy and an explanation of what it is here.
Aromatherapy is a powerful healing tool and in some areas of this country is starting to be integrated into the medical arena. Many countries around the world use aromatherapy as a standard method of care (hoping that will be the case here in the future!). Aromatherapy can treat all kinds of physical and emotional aliments and is a pleasant form of holistic treatment. I am looking forward to learning more about it and plan to sit for the board exam offered by NAHA once this degree is completed.
One of my favorite essential oils at this time is lavender. Lavender has an amazing amount of healing benefits and is used for insomnia, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, nervous tension, eczema, muscular aches, colds, infections, flu, whooping cough, bronchitis, increasing blood circulation, killing lice and their nits, burns, sunburn and so much more! You can read more about its benefits here.
Essential oils, being such powerful tools of healing, need to be used with care and caution. It is best to consult with an aromatherapist before using essential oils to treat most health issues.
But, don't let that scare you away from them...they can be used in all kinds of massage oils, lotions, air fresheners, homemade perfumes and more, and you will receive health benefits using them in this manner. Just make sure you are buying your essential oils from a trusted source as adulterated essential oils can actually be harmful to use. Recipes should also be from reputable sites. I will be doing many more posts on aromatherapy in the future and will recommend places to buy from and recipes to try.