September 18, 2015

Terms from my Applied Aromatherapy Unit & Collective

In my most recent unit, Applied Aromatherapy, there were some terms given which helped me to better understand the information flying around the internet in the way of aromatherapy and essential oil use. And Wow! There are some really great resources and helpful information out there – but sadly there is just as much wrong information out there too.

Information often shared as fact, but is not... rather these 'would be' facts are based on personal experience and/or anecdotal evidence. Having little to no clinical study to support the claim, and if they do claim clinic support – we must know the types of questions that are being asked during the clinical study to truly decide if the claim is legit. 

Clinical studies - I am finding are a growing passion of mine. Wonder where that may lead...

Anyway back to understanding some terminology:

Classic Aromatherapy – often known as professional aromatherapists, who are trained in a scientific approach to the inhalation or diluted topical application of essential oils. Classic aromatherapy is often combined with another forms of therapy such as massage therapy, however Classic Aromatherapy does not require the use of massage to give treatments. It's focus is on the olfactory system and effectiveness of the inhalation method. This method has been made popular in United States via a variety of professional type organizations, some of whom offer training programs and basic anatomy & physiology along with basic application methods. Often times this approach does not cover the internal use of essential oils.

Popular Aromatherapy - a term used in my text – that describes the rapid growth of aromatherapy made 'popular' by many direct sales companies. Multi-million dollar business that often provide 'educational materials' to their sales associates along with marketing/sales training. Most of the sales associates are not trained professionals and often promote of use of essential oils as harmless – which many are. However this approach has also been linked to multiple reports of injury and harm because of the unsafe recommendations or the use of inaccurate information.

Now keep in mind that both forms of aromatherapy have offered some beneficial avenues to essential oil use, but I am also learning that neither approach fully uses the scientific data that is available.

So, in light of my last unit and what I am learning - what would be a better approach?

Have you heard of aromatic medicine?

Aromatic Medicine – according to my text – includes topical, inhalation and internal use of essential oils, while using the science of herbalism and clinical evidence to determine safe and appropriate application methods. In professional use – it requires extensive education, with a full study of aromachemistry, epidemiology and pathophysiology... along with research methods and toxicology – just to name a few topics of education.

I think I should also mention something else that I read in my text: 

  • Most extensive aromatic medicine programs are taught in European countries and very few aromatherapy instructors in the United States have such education.

So where does that leave me?

Still learning and exercising more wisdom in the use and application of essential oils!

~ Enjoy & till next time - many blessings!
P.S. the terms here were semi condensed from the context shared in my unit. I could by no means share the entire unit in one blog post. But I did my best to condense the point. :)

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