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Essential Oils: Must-Know Info from Aromatherapist Andrea Ellsworth

aromatherapyAromatherapy. It’s such a lovely sounding word, isn’t it? The word itself evokes a kind of magic, similar to the word “alchemy.” The idea that one can become relaxed, stress-free, and healthier simply by inhaling pleasant-smelling essential oils is quite appealing–especially considering how unpleasant many conventional health therapies are.

Though I was first introduced to aromatherapy many years ago when I studied?Horst Rechelbacher’s work, I didn’t start working with essential oils until years later when I started making my own skincare products. This was also about the same time that many of my health coach colleagues began to get involved with multi-level marketing (MLM) essential oil companies. I had a friend introduce me to a rep, and I’m not gonna lie–I drank the kool-aid and bought in hook, line, and sinker.

I started using essential oils for just about EVERYTHING, because I was told they were so pure and safe.

I ingested them in water and capsules because I was told it was safe. I used them “neat” (undiluted) because I was told it was safe. I didn’t seek outside information, because I was told that everything I needed to know was already available via the company’s website and partner websites.

Things were fine for awhile. I loved using my essential oils, and I loved using them especially in my skincare products. My skin loved them too. But then a few things went wrong. I tried treating a cold sore with an undiluted essential oil and ended up having a horrible reaction. I gave an undiluted blend to a friend?with?the usage instructions I’d been taught, and she ended up getting a severe migraine. Even though it was the “right” oil for her symptoms, it was the wrong oil for her. My own husband can’t be in the same room with me if I use one of the company’s popular blends, because he gets physically ill.

So I pulled back. I started going through research from brand-neutral resources and realized that I was WAY in over my head. I was also frustrated that the company I was with provided inadequate–and inaccurate–training and usage instructions. I ended my relationship with that company and became much more cautious and conservative with what I said–and wrote–about essential oils.

Essential oils are powerful substances.

Must-Know Info About Essential OilsThough essential oils come from plants, they do not have the same effect that an infusion or extract of the plant has on the body. They are far more concentrated and contain volatile compounds. The study of aromatherapy isn’t some weekend workshop either–it includes extensive information about the chemistry of the oils, and how they act with different people’s body chemistries. This crucial to understand when using oils for yourself or suggesting them for other people. They are natural, but essential oils deserve the same level of caution that one would give to pharmaceutical drugs.

I also began to study more about herbalism and plant conservation through organizations like United Plant Savers. Though the influx of herbal remedies is a good thing, it’s also a scary thing, because over-harvestation is a very real concern. Essential oils require extensive amounts of plant matter to create a tiny amount of oil. Using them undiluted and liberally is not only potentially unsafe (and completely unnecessary), it also puts certain plant species at risk for extinction.

I am not yet an aromatherapist.

It’s definitely on my bucket list, but until I have the time to complete the necessary education, I only take essential oil advice and guidance from registered clinical aromatherapists. In my course, Create Your Skincare, I’ve brought on Anna Doxie, a registered clinical aromatherapist. She oversees?all aromatherapy-related content and so I can be?sure that what I’m recommending in terms of how much essential oil to use is safe and accurate. I also recently had the opportunity to interview aromatherapist and organic skincare formulator, Andrea Ellsworth, of Andrea Ashley Co, to discuss this matter in detail. Part 1 of our interview was more about self-image and self-love, but in Part 2, Andrea offers must-know information about essential oils. Whether you’re brand new to aromatherapy or have been using oils for some time, this is excellent information.

Find out what what Andrea says about essential oils here:

Click?HERE?to subscribe to my podcast and download the audio of this interview,?FREE on iTunes.

About Andrea Ellsworth:

AA3Andrea Ellsworth has an?educational background in advanced skincare, organic skincare science, and clinical aromatherapy. She?has over 10 years experience in the holistic health and spa industry. ?Andrea has brought together her many passions to create Andrea Ashley Co, a holistic aromatherapy and custom skincare company.

Andrea prides herself on providing pure, quality essential oils. She?creates truly custom, one-of-a-kind products based specifically on each of her clients? individual needs.

Check out all of Andrea?s?resources, online shop, book a 1-on-1 aromatherapy consultation with Andrea, and subscribe to her?online magazine,?Andrea Ashley,?at?www.andreaashley.ca. You can also connect with Andrea on?Facebook?and?Instagram.

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