Contrary to popular opinion, aromatherapy is not just about smelling pretty smells. There are a variety of definitions of aromatherapy. The world of aromatherapy is complicated because almost every person who studies aromatherapy has a different definition.
With so many uses and purposes, it is not a surprise about the variations. A better question may be, what are your intentions with aromatherapy? I know, it sounds like something you would ask a potential suitor of your child before they went out on a date. It is important to think about what your intentions with aromatherapy are because there are so many different types of aromatherapy. The four main types are clinical, stress management, beauty therapy, and environmental fragrancing (Gilt 1992). They can also be classified as psychotherapeutic, esthetic, holistic, nursing and medical aromatherapy (Tisserand 1993a). What is your intention with aromatherapy?
Did you know that there are so many different uses for aromatherapy? It really isn’t just smelling oils. Each essential oil is developed from a specific botanical. The botanicals have specific healing properties and benefits.
Anyone can use aromatherapy, and lately, it seems as if it has become quite a trend. The use of aromatic plants is not a new ‘thing’, historically cultures around the world have used plants in healing. Many of our modern medicines are derived from plant substances.
Along with trends, there are dangers. Are you aware of the dangers of using essential oils? Wait….What? There are dangers with using essential oils? Yes, there absolutely are precautions and contraindications that users need to be aware of.
True or False, You can overdose with essential oils.
That statement is absolutely true! Our olfactory and limbic systems can actually overdose on essential oils, more and more often cases are popping up where individuals have used too many oils, and they are getting very sick. “Between 2011 and 2015, reports of toxic exposures to these oils — such as tea tree oil — doubled, the center said. Even more alarming, four out of every five cases were in children.” ( Vanderbilt University Medical Center, news release, May 10, 2016)
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Gilt, A. 1992. aromatherapy 2000 and beyond. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.9, 19-20.
Tisserand R, 1993a. Aspects of aromatherapy. In Aroma 93 Conference Proceedings. Brighton, UK: Aromatherapy Publications, 1-9Vanderbilt University Medical Center, news release, May 10, 2016, https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/poisons-health-news-537/more-children-accidently-poisoned-by-essential-oils-710912.html