Aron_School_Jan04Aromatherapy is the art of application of essential oils to assist with emotional and physical issues. My first concern when I was requested to write this article was safety matters. Everywhere you see “natural” as a synonym of “100% safe”. It is important to understand the difference between marketing and facts. Water is 100% natural and 100% safe (considering there is no chemical spill in your neighborhood). However, if one decides to drink a gallon of water in 30 minutes she/he will most likely die and the end is not going to be either pretty or painless.

Essential oils are chemicals and should be always treated with respect. Some are relatively harmless, some can leave a burning mark on your skin, and some are plain deadly. It is also important to understand the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils.

Fragrance Oil – synthetic product that mimics the smell of essential oil and has nothing to do with essential oil’s healing properties. IMPORTANT: Fragrance oils must never be used in aromatherapy. It can cause the poisoning. Use only reputable sources of essential oils.

Essential Oil – is not actually oil but an essence of plants and flowers. Essential oil is a complex natural combination of hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, methyl ethers, aldehydes, ketones, organic acids and esters, oxides, and lactones. One essential oil can contain just a few or hundreds of chemical components.

Safety first.

Unless you are a trained aromatherapist (see the list of approved Aromatherapy schools: http://www.naha.org/education/approved-schools/) you must always follow these simple safety rules:

 

Always use only quality essential oils. The easiest way to determine the quality is by looking at the Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry test results – all reputable aromatherapy stores have these documents and will be glad to share them with you. Avoid buying oils that are: