December 2012 Teleseminar

  • Teleseminar Topic: Essential Oils for Respiratory Health

 

  • Our Presenter: Liz Fulcher, RA, Clinical Aromatherapist, Essential Oil Educator
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If there’s one thing every aromatherapist knows about essential oils, it’s their powerful affinity with our respiratory system. But do you know which essential oils have the greatest impact on illness of the lungs, throat and sinuses?   click here for more information

Safety and Ethics of Undiluted Oils

In the last 20 years aromatherapy has spread its influence to the household, toiletries and personal care areas: consumer products claiming to relax or invigorate our psyche’s have invaded our bathrooms, kitchen and living room areas. The numbers of therapists using essential oils in Europe and the USA has grown from a handful in the early 1980’s to thousands now worldwide. We have had time to add to our bank of knowledge on essential oils from reflecting on many decades of aromatherapeutic development and history, the collection of
anecdotal information from practicing therapists, as well as from clinical & scientific investigations. We have also had enough time to consider the risks in employing essential oils in therapy. In the last twenty years, many more people have had accidents, been ‘burnt’, developed rashes, become allergic, and become sensitized to our beloved tools. Why is this?

 

To read the article, click here ...   Aromatherapy Undiluted-Safety and Ethics.

 

This is a special paper written by Tony Burfield and Sylla Sheppard-Hanger in 2005. Sylla Sheppard-Hanger has given AIA permission to reprint this article

What to Expect from Your First Aromatherapy Consulation

When choosing an Aromatherapists, it is important to consider their education. experience. and philosophy of care. Working with an Aromatherapist is similar to working with other Holistic Healthcare Providers. The more information they have about your health background, the better the practitioner can advise you.

Taking a healthy history covering basic information about chronic and acute healthy conditions, allergies and current medications in included in the first visit.

Depending on the Aromatherapist's background and training, the therapist may also assess your emotional needs and energetic systems. The therapist will advise you as to which oils best fit your needs and how to use them to their fullest potential.

The Aromatherapist skillfully blends together selected oils, synergistically combining them to enhance desired properties and aroma. A follow up visit is important to discuss your response and progress with your therapist, in case any changes are needed in your plan.

How to use Essential Oils

Essential oils are a complement to conventional medicine. Always seek medical advice for serious health conditions. Essential oils are generally used in two ways: topical and inhalation.

Topical uses include: adding essential oils to baths and showers to refresh and cleanse; applying directly to skin for wounds, sprains, strains, muscle pain and tension; and making personalized skin care products for a wide array of common skin conditions.

Inhalation of essential oils molecules is the most common method for mood and emotional support, respiratory conditions, and cleansing and purifying the air. Essential oils can be inhaled from tissues or inhalers, dropped onto st4eaming water, added to vaporizers, diffused or sprayed.

Consulting with an Aromatherapist for oil selection, best application methods and concentration levels will ensure success.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a true holistic therapy, offering simultaneous healing possibilities on physical, emotional and energetic levels. Aromatherapy works by simply taking a deep breath: the aromatic molecules enter our blood stream and travel to all parts of our body. The wide range of aromas available can gently help any mood or emotion.

 

The essential oils used in aromatherapy are highly concentrated substances, extracted most commonly by steam distillation from a variety of flowers, herbs, trees, roots, and fruit. Each oil offers its own unique chemistry of healing qualities. Lavender, geranium, spruce, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon and myrrh are oils commonly used in aromatherapy.

 

Each essential oil has its own distinct chemical profile that offers therapeutic properties. Each is classified as stimulating, balancing, relaxing, or more specifically, as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, decongestants, analgesics, antiinflammatory, digestives, to name a few.

 

A typical example is shown by the use of lavender, one of the most versatile and widely used oils. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is known to soothe tension headaches, reduce inflammation and pain, cleanse wounds,aid in tissue repair for burns and cuts, and relax you to sleep.

 

Today, aromatherapy is widely used in various health care settings: in hospitals for stress, nausea and cancer care; in senior care environments for reducing agitation, improving sleep, and improving indoor air quality; and in massage therapy for relaxation and reducing body pain.

 

To begin receiving the benefits of aromatherapy-find an aroma you love and enjoy all the gifts provided by nature's healing gifts.