Friday, December 6, 2013

What is safe?

For the Second Time.

     Last night was the first night of my second time through Advanced Aromatherapy. Why my second time? Well, because I missed some classes and therefore some valuable information the first time around, there is always something more to learn and one should take every chance that is presented to learn... and... well.... I just love working with and using essential oils! 
The first night of class was a review of the basic information covered in the Intro to Aromatherapy class. We also were given some handy resources for our research papers, along with a sheet of safety information and recommended precautions. Then we went over the profiles of each oil.

The Discussion

     For the record, I am not associated with any essential oil distributorship companies. I am often asked why I don't use this oil, or what do I think about a particular way the oils are used. I have always kind of talked around and about the reasons, not giving a solid and clear answer. Well, last night in class we had a discussion, sparked by that sheet of safety information, that finally set my thoughts in line. :)

My Goal

     My goal as an aromatherapist is to provide the highest quality, safe and effective aromatherapy treatments and applications I can to my clients. To that end, I have so far taken over 100 classroom hours of training including numerous case studies and research projects. This qualifies me as a Clinical Aromatherapist able to aromatic treatment plans to my clients. By the time I graduate early 2015 as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), I will have completed over 200 classroom hours of hands on training. I will have studied, researched and memorized the chemical compositions of at least 30 oils, written numerous case studies and be able to rattle off formulations and treatment protocols in my sleep...

      I will then be considered a Certified Clinical Holistic Aromatherapist, able to work in any healthcare setting, and eligible for the exam given by The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy Once I successfully complete that, I will become a Registered Holistic Aromatherapist. The next step after that? The International Aromatherapy & Aromatic Medicine Association Whew!

Why Does This Matter?

     Well... It matters because these are the people in the know in aromatherapy and aromatic medicine. The best of the best. The experts in the field. They have spent their lives doing research and working with clients every day... I can only hope to be that cool one day.

   These experts have gotten together and compiled a list of guidelines, based on their daily clinical experiences and extensive knowledge. These guidelines provide a framework of professionalism and safety for all aromatherapists and their clients, all over the world.

     This is what guides and governs my use of essential oils and the recommendations I make to my clients.

As always, please be safe when you are using any form of natural therapies. Do you own research. Blessings!