Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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Essential oils were first introduced into my life when I had my first son. A desire to use more natural products that were better for all of us became prevalent. I knew so many people who were suffering from cancer and I truly began to believe that all the garbage we were eating and putting on our bodies were affecting our health.

As the years went by I began trying to treat different issues each of us were having with more natural remedies. I was diffusing oils for sleep, calming oils and just good smelling oils. When my children didn’t feel good I would rub different oils on their chests and soles if their feet. Now that they are a little older I decided to take some classes and educate myself more on all the different oils and their benefits.

In August I got certified as a clinical Aromatherapist. What is an aromatherapist? An aromatherapist is a practitioner of aromatherapy or inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes (taken from Webster dictionary). In many states aromatherapy is not regulated and anyone can say they are an aromatherapist so you want to make sure you really look at where your information is coming from. There is so much information on essential oils that I feel like I am only scratching the surface. So please try to make sure any information you are reading about essential oils is from a reliable source.

I also want to say that when I began learning about oils I only knew of Doterra and Young Living. These are mass market companies and you will pay so much more for oils than most other places. STOP buying from them but look for a reputable oil company. Now in all companies you will have oils that cost a lot more than others. That is because of the process of obtaining the oils and how much of the product is used to yield the oil. Pure Rose oil for example is very expensive because you need 2000 lbs of rose petals to make 1lb of essential oil.

So how do you know if you are buying from a legit place or not? There are a few tell tale signs. What kind of container does the oil come in? You want a dark glass bottle to help the oils last longer. Is there a tamper proof lid and an orifice reducer inside to keep air out and allow a drop out at a time? Is the botanical name of the oil written on the label. You want to make sure the botanical name of the oil is written somewhere so you know what you are buying. Lavender is known as LAVENDULA but it can be different types such as LAVENDULA angustifolia (this is true lavender) or LAVENDULA latifolia (this is Spike lavender) or Lavandin, which can be made synthetically. Each of these lavenders have different properties so knowing the botanical name is important.

You also want to smell and feel them. If they are not pure oil you may be able to smell an additive to it or it may feel oily which means there is an additive. Essential oils do not actually feel oily. Another way is to take a white piece of paper. A pure oil will not leave a mark but an oil with an additive will leave a ring from the additive.

These are the basic ways to tell what quality oil you are buying. One last thing is that there is no medical grade oil. An oil is either a pure oil or it is not.

I will post a lot more about aromatherapy and essential oils and I hope you will join me in learning all about these great natural products that can help us in our everyday lives.

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