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August 15, 2007

Variety Of Uses For Essential Oils

I have a new peer in my community who is from Idaho. They have been practicing massage therapy for a while, and like every successful therapist, they have found a focus for their practice. This particular practitioner is hoping to work with the Veteran's Association, with special emphasis on overseas veterans returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Their secret arsenal for helping with PTSD is Young Living Essential Oils. Generally, I don't use essential oils in my practice for fear that clients who are allergic or sensitive to smells will be offended. Of course, I found a way around this for the minority of people who wanted an aroma experience. I put a drop of oil on a face cloth and placed the cloth over the client's eyes. For treatment of emotional trauma and strain, I have some limited experience with Bach Flower Remedies, but apparently, essential oils can help with a large variety of emotional issues as well.

So I decided to read more about essential oils and what they propose to do. Apparently, there is a lot to know and aromatherapy can can be a specialty all on it's own. Did you know there are essential oils that can be hazardous? According to safety information, undiluted oils should not be applied directly to the skin. I had a client who saw a bottle of peppermint oil in my office and decided to put a drop of it under their nose to clear their sinuses. I decided after that to hide the small handful of essential oils I had in order to keep my clients safe.

It turns out that aromatherapy can be used for a wide variety of applications, not only on the body. Essential oils can be used to balance the home through feng shui. For example: The Center, or Tai Ch'i, is not ruled by any of the eight Trigrams, yet occupies the heart of the Pa Kua. Strengthening this direction in the home promotes unity, harmony, and a spirit of cooperation, and is generally beneficial in all environments where group projects are important. Appropriate essential oils are stabilizing and harmonizing, bringing out the qualities of the Center and the Earth Element: oils such as cardamon and vetiver.

Have fun and be safe.

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Posted by linda at August 15, 2007 7:27 AM

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