As a planet the human family faces many health challenges. One of the most pressing is the upsurge of infectious diseases that ranks high on the list of the most serious causes of death worldwide. The past century saw remarkable advances in the war on infectious agents with the advent of sulfa and penicillin followed by a host of newer antibiotics. Organisms initially succumbed to these miracle chemicals but the adaptability of these bacterial microbes began to fend off the antibiotic attack. As the 1900s came to a close the rate of antibiotic resistance had climbed to levels of great concern and continues unabated. Continue reading →
When it comes to Aromatherapy education and safety, any Aromatherapy organization would be remiss to not have any standards in place. When the AIA was newly formed there were many pieces to put into place; business plan, bylaws, budget, standard operating procedures, and the eventual creation of committees and education guidelines for Aromatherapy schools. Prior to the formation of the first Education Committee, the AIA board agreed to adopt the general outlines that had been in place for American Aromatherapy schools as established (in the 1990s) by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). In addition, the AIA agreed to "grandfather" in any NAHA schools that desired to be recognized by the AIA. The adoption of these guidelines was to serve in the short-term until the AIA established our own guidelines. The "grandfathered" schools were also informed that when the new guidelines were established and adopted, they would need to reapply for recognition under the new guidelines. Many of these schools either didn't reapply or failed to meet the new guidelines. Continue reading →
The title of this article is misleading in that it may cause you to think I never diffuse essential oils, which is not true. I do. However, I am very conscientious about when and where I diffuse essential oils due to the safety implications of exposing others to the power of essential oils.
When clients come to me, some will ask, "Why doesn't your office smell like lavender (or other essential oil)?" Because I am an aromatherapist; clients, friends, and family assume that my space will be filled with the fragrances of my profession, but this is not the case. For natural methods of freshening the air see the methods given at the end of this article.
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
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