Aromatherapy: "Take a Whiff"

I’ve always had a fascination with scent- so it seems only natural to me that I incorporate the Art of Aromatherapy into my bodywork practice.For many years I worked with some of the top European fragrant houses in the retail world.

Scent has always had such a powerful effect on my body, mind, emotions and spirit. I believe that the sense of smell (and taste) are perhaps my favorite things about being human. It can instantly cause a reaction (either positive or negative) which invokes a feeling or a memory. I jokingly use to tell people that I was a nose in a past life!

Aromatherapy is a gentle ancient art that utilizes the properties and aromas of essential plant oils to influence the body, mind and spirit for a feeling of “well-being.”

Essential oils occur widely in the plant kingdom and are sometimes referred to as the plants “life force.” This life force is very much connected to the human life force. When the two come in contact- restoration is possible.

Essential oils cause effects by two main routes- the skin and the nose. When applied to the skin, a carrier oil (vegetable) is used to dilute and distribute the essential oil over it’s surface- affecting the physical body. Simultaneously, the aroma is absorbed through the nose- affecting the mind and emotions.

Depending upon the particular oil, it takes anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes to be absorbed into the body through skin application. Once used- the essential oils are expelled from the body via- sweating and the elimination process.

When inhaled through the nose- the effects are instantaneous.

Since traditional Foot Reflexology is performed on dry skin, I use essential oils diluted with jojoba oil and apply them to the feet after the session is completed. It can give a relaxing or rejuvenating finish to the treatment.

I also use essential oils within my Reiki sessions by applying a single drop to the palm of my hands (and rub them together) before beginning. It seems to magnify the connection between the client and the energy.

Helpful Tips In Aromatherapy
  • Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils to the skin.
  • Before using essential oils- apply a small amount in the crease of the arm to check for sensitivity.
  • For feet application: Use 1 teaspoon of carrier oil to 3 drops of essential oil.
  • For inhalation: Use 2 drops of essential oil applied to a cotton ball.
  • For a room spray: Use 4 ounces of water to 10-15 drops of essential oil (shake before spraying).
  • When creating an aromatherapy blend (more than 1 essential oil) mix essential oils first, then add carrier oil (shake gently).
  • Use only pure essential oils from a reputable supplier (see helpful links).
  • Keep oils away from heat and light.
  • Begin experimenting with essential oils by selecting one that you are intuitively drawn to-then find creative ways to use it.
  • Begin to educate yourself by picking up a book on Aromatherapy (see book list) and have fun!

Aromatherapy is a powerful pathway that can open the consciousness, touch the spirit, quiet the mind and rejuvenate the body.

Begin to enjoy what plants have to offer you…… by taking a big whiff!