What is aromatherapy?
I looked up the Greek word “therapy” in Strong’s Greek Concordance of the Bible and this is what I found:
Original Word: θεραπεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (ther-ap-i’-ah)
Definition: attention, medical service
Usage: care, attention, especially medical attention (treatment); hence almost: healing; meton: those who render service.
Because essential oils are not medicine and are not recognized as a cure for anything per the current medical system, let’s focus on the words “care” and “attention.”
As an aromatherapist, I help you care for yourself and give attention to what you would like to address through the use of aromatics, or essential oils. The verb form of this word, therapeuo, is translated “to heal” in most cases in the Bible. It is the most frequently used word meaning “to heal.” But like the noun form, it can also mean to take care of someone or serve them so they get better over time. It is a service rendered from one person to another. For example, this is what I think of when someone tells me they are going to physical therapy. They aren’t expecting to walk in with something amiss and walk out feeling 100% better the first session. And so it is with aromatherapy…
Another comparison is eating healthy. One piece of broccoli is not going to change your life, but consistently eating healthy meals just might. Unlike what you may have heard, essential oils are not a cure-all. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that they are all you need.
There is a lot of pseudo-science out there that is trying to make essential oils into something they are not. There is zero hard science that oils will raise your vibration (this is from the ancient theory of vitalism), that oils have intelligence (they are not sentient, cannot think, nor do they contain a god consciousness), or that they are the “life blood” of a plant (they are a secondary metabolite of the plant, not a primary metabolite necessary for life).
So that is a quick answer of what essential oils are not and cannot do, but a quick search of the actual research being done on essential oils will reveal that they certainly do have much to offer. Check out Pubmed.com and type in any essential oil in the search box. Up pops the research! Some of it is fascinating. Unfortunately, it is not in the best financial interests of the drug companies to fund it like they do other things, because you cannot patent nature. However, almost 3/4 of medicine today is the result of testing plants and their chemical constituents! Plants are important.
So how does aromatherapy actually work? I do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe, but I do know what the chemical constituents of essential oils are and how they generally act in a body. You tell me your health goals and I share with you the research and oils that support your goal, so you are educated in what is available. Sometimes there are dozens of options that might do the same thing, but you may not like how they smell! It is important that you like the combination of the 3-5 oils in your blend, so you will be more inclined to use it. Then you choose the vehicle, meaning, would you like a lotion, massage oil, nasal inhaler, diffuser blend, gel, salve or cream? I train you in how to make your blend. You are really in charge, it is just the education and coaching that I provide. This is true aromatherapy. No woo woo. No magic concoctions. Just care over time, giving attentions to your needs like the original Greek meaning of the word.
Do you need some care and attention? Let’s book a free consultation so you can find out options for true aromatherapy!