Specific Scents For Specific Problems


What about all those treatments for specific problems that an aromatherapist can offer? What about the books full of formulas that are supposed to cure specific ailments? You know, the ones that say, ‘Sniff 8 drops of this for a cold, or 12 drops of that in your bath to relieve stress.’ Is there truth in all of this? If the truth be known, medical science has only just begun to unravel the many reasons for the use of essential oils and Aromatherapy treatments.

When you get advice from an aromatherapy practitioner, that advice is not based so much on science as on traditions that go back centuries. If you follow certain precautions, aromatherapy is safe and pleasant, and you experience some of the healing benefits that practitioners claim for their products and therapies.

If you would like to try aromatherapy, keep in mind that your practitioner could be skilled in other alternative medicines such as, herbal medicine, massage therapy, or acupuncture, to name a few. The goal of the session will be to help you find the scents that evoke positive emotions by smelling, inhaling or applying topically through massage. These methods are believed to help you feel less stressed, alleviate pain and lessen other symptoms of illness.

“Even though the process was not called Aromatherapy in ancient times, essential oils have been know for thousand of years to lift the mood and effect virtually every system in the body including circulation, nervous system, and digestion,” says James Dillard, M.D., author of Alternative Medicine for Dummies.

Choosing an Aromatherapy Practitioner:

The first and most important is to check your practitioner’s degree of commitment in their chosen field. Are they trained in other areas of Alternative Medicine, such as Naturopathy, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine, etc? Find out how long the person has studied and has been practicing aromatherapy.

You should be far more concerned whether the practitioner is trained in other Alternative Medicines than if they have a certificate from a 6-month training course in aromatherapy. The best way to find your aromatherapist is to get a referral from a friend or from another alternative medicine specialist. Most aromatherapists charge an hourly rate ranging from $40-$80.

Keep in mind that there are no licensing requirements for aromatherapists in the United States. In Europe, where aromatherapy is more widely recognized, they are licensed in a similar way to massage therapists.

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