There are several common mistakes most aromatherapists make that are affecting their physiological and psychological health and overall results. Mostly from lack of education, training and experience. They say practice develops skills, competency and proficiency. However, you need to be practicing the right skills, safely.
Using essential oils in your diffuser each day, is not necessarily “aromatherapy”. Aromatherapy is a combination of art, science, intuition and common sense.
It is an art because you are using your education of essential oils, plants, anatomy and physiology to create a formulation that delivers results to balance imbalances.
It is a science because there are numerous evidence-based research studies nowadays that show specific physiological, psychological & biochemical benefits.
When you learn about essential oils, smell them often and allow yourself the space and time to really connect to the soul nature of the essential oil, this strengthens your intuition, or scentuition as I call it. You develop this innate feeling of which oils need to be included in a blend (based on your own personal experience) for a particular purpose or for a specific person.
And just plain common sense. Choosing how much to use and which application method is most beneficial and responsible. If you do not know, are not educated, or question whether you should use an essential, then don’t use it.
5 Common Mistakes Most Aromatherapists Make
- Use an essential oil or combine essential oils without knowing much about them as far as properties, chemistry, safety or intensity. When you use an oil, understand what it does, how it will help you and any contraindications associated with using it with certain health conditions.
- Not knowing or reading the safety precautions for each essential oil they are using, and knowing the interactive effects of combining them. For example, it you are taking a blood thinner, have a blood disorder or bleed easily when you bump your arm, you want to use caution with cinnamon essential oil.
- Using too much essential oils in their creations. There are general rule of thumb dilution ratios that keep you and the person using the blend safe, while preserving and conserving the precious essential oils. Remember, plants have to harvested and used to produce essential oils. Some plants are overharvested, thus contributing to endangered species and improper ecological sustainability.
- Choosing less effective essential oils to help with a specific physical, mental or emotional issues. If you don’t know the benefits of several essential oils, how do you know which one will work best for a situation. For example, many people may think lavender is the best oil for skin discoloration and scars. However, helichrysum and carrot seem have proven more beneficial in delivering better results, in a shorter period of time.
- Touch their hands, nose or material to the rim of their essential oils and product blends causing cross-contamination.
- Tap an essential oil on their hand, wrist or skin directly, with no carrier. This contaminates the essential oils, and can cause skin irritation or sensitization.
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Article References: JennScents Holistic Comprehensive Guide, JennScents Aromaversity Classes, JennScents E-books and Reference Material
Author: Jennifer Pressimone, Entrepreneur, Formulator, Author
Jennifer Pressimone is an aromatherapy entrepreneur (an Aromapreneur™). She is the founder and President of JennScents®, Inc. and the JennScents Aromaversity®. She is the Vice-President and Regional Florida Director of Central Florida for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Jennifer has build, managed and maintained several health and wellness businesses over the last 20 years. She is an incredibly gifted essential oil formulator, aromatherapy educator, public speaker, herbalist, author and philanthropist. She leads with passion, experience and heart to inspire, empower and motivate others to not only follow their dreams, but crush it, realizing more than they ever imagined possible. Jennifer is a life coach and business mentor. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has thousands of hours in continuing education in many health and wellness topics. Her specialties include mind-body health, gastrointestinal health and cognitive aromatherapy for humans and pets.
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