I’ve been interested in aromatherapy for years.
I’ve always loved smells. Flowers, food, perfumes, clean clothes, summer breezes, puppy breath, baby bellies… My sense of smell is probably one of my strongest senses. I can smell when one of our animals has had an accident in the house and DH will deny it up and down until I find it. Happened a lot when Luna, our 3 year old Karelian Bear Dog, was a puppy. I can smell when our neighbor is cooking dinner. I can smell when snakes are in our yard.
I was introduced to my first essential oil when I was a teenager. It was lavender. I’d never liked lavender scented things. I received a bar of lavender scented soap in a gift bag at a friend’s birthday party one year and I had to keep my window rolled down on the drive home because the smell was choking me. But, once I smelled lavender essential oil I knew what I’d smelled in the past was fake, engineered lavender smell. I bought some and some lavender incense and happily smelled them both quite often after that.
Once I entered massage school (in February 2007), I learned so much more about essential oils and I fell in love with them. I started my collection then and it’s grown larger every year. I’ve collected them from many places – Aura Cacia from Whole Foods, Amazon.com, Mountain Rose Herbs (my all-time favorite and go-to for all things herbs), and even a sweet lady from Craigslist. My collection includes over 70 essential oils, now!
But, what have I done with them? What can be done with them? So many things!
Following Rosemary Gladstar’s book A Family Herbal, I’ve made lotions, salves, hair conditioners, hair shampoos, soap, face wash, perfumes and other lovelies using my essential oils. I’ve used them in my massage practice. I’ve used them in burners to create lovely moods in my home. I’ve used them to treat burns, cuts, bug bites, sore muscles, rashes, warts, and fungal infections.
But, like many things, I’ve still got a lot to learn about Aromatherapy. Do you want to learn, too? I’d love to share what I’ve learned. I’ve got about a dozen reference books on aromatherapy and I’d love to have more confidence in my knowledge on Aromatherapy applications. And, I’d love to share what I learn with you!
Are you interested in aromatherapy? Do you have some essential oils? What are your favorites?
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