Because it helps. At least, it’s helped me, and I wanted to be able to share that with you.
What I’d like to do is to make aromatherapy accessible for those of you who can’t afford to visit a qualified practitioner, or aren’t able to go for a massage. I also want to make it safe and easy for you to use aromatherapy as part of your daily routine, without having to worry about doing lots of studying or buying lots of oils and bottles and blending equipment.
Why don’t you sell essential oils?
I don’t sell essential oils because I’m not yet a professionally qualified aromatherapist. I’m not legally required to have a formal qualification in aromatherapy in order to sell essential oils, but I want you to be able to trust that I’m advising you from a position of expertise, and not just trying to sell you a product or encouraging you to join a marketing scheme – an approach which is extremely prevalent at the moment.
Eventually I’d like to put together a range of easy-to-use aromatherapy products (such as pre-blended roll-on bottles or solid lotion sticks) that you can safely apply to your own body. In the meantime, I’m making diffuser necklaces that you can drop undiluted oils onto, so you can smell them all day. They’re a really good way of carrying your essential oils with you in an unobtrusive manner, so you can enjoy their benefits without having to install an oil burner on your desk!
What are your qualifications?
I’ve been studying aromatherapy since 2006, and have been using it in my everyday life since at least a decade before that. I qualified as an ITEC Holistic Massage Therapist in 2007 with a Level 3 Diploma, and am currently studying for two Level 3 Diplomas in Aromatherapy and Herbalism. I’m also a member of (and insured by) the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
How do I learn more about aromatherapy?
There are some great websites out there, but it can be difficult to tell apart the ones operating from a basis of sound scientific principles from those who are simply trying to sell you their products. In the UK I’d start with the Tisserand Institute. They translate new research and scientific findings on the benefits of essential oils into comprehensive educational material, and they do this using clinical evidence and credible research.
I’d also read as many books as I could possibly lay my hands on. Anything with its own bibliography at the back is probably a good start – this should reassure you that a decent amount of research has gone into it.
As I build up this blog I’ll build up a list of the books I’ve read, and particularly the ones I’d recommend to you.