Making Scents of it All
Aromatherapy ~ a wonderful practical modality that utilizes essential plant extracts for medicinal
purposes and as MUCH as I appreciate this aspect, there is an entirely different side to this science that I
believe bears talking about and that is the profound effects Aromatherapy has on our emotional and
All too many times, I've burned a candle, put on a fragrance, or purchased a product with a particular
aroma just because. I wasn't looking to correct a physical ailment or for that matter, was I even feeling
badly, I just had this craving, if you will, to smell something in particular. What was this attraction? Was it
anything more than pleasure? Well, my initial sense led me to see how the desire for a certain scent was /
is very similar to that of a food craving.
We all have them; those gnawing desires to eat a specific type of food. Take for example, potato chips. I
hear this one a lot, 'boy, I could go for some chips right now.' Are we really craving junk food OR are we
wanting a certain component in the chip i.e. the potato or the salt? Who's to say; the trick is to be aware
that our body is asking to be fed. Whether you choose to eat chips is up to you; however, knowing you
have this level of connection with your body is fundamental when it comes to honoring it. The same is
true for fragrances, and why Aromatherapy warrants consideration when it comes to wellness; it's
a dynamic way of caring for the body. Maybe your aromatic craving is to fend off an illness; maybe
you're stressed and looking to calm down on a deeper level (we are quite good at hiding our feelings
even from ourselves); or, quite possibly, your soul is hungry. The task is not to try and figure it out; it's simply
to respect the desire for a particular fragrance.
Now, your source for a fragrance is crucial, much like the potato chip; going for a synthetic or perfume
grade essential oil will only partially feed you emotionally and spiritually, which ultimately leaves
you with feeling dissatisfied. Let me give you an example ~ have you ever finished a meal and felt like
you wanted more to eat even though you were full. Yeah, it's like that.
Consider this: I have an older client with chemo-induced neuropathy, and this woman loves Jasmine.
When I first met her, she was taking Neurontin for her condition. I visited with her for a while and quickly
came up with a recommended blend with her help. You see, she gave me the primary oil ~ Jasmine. Not
using this essential oil would have been a disservice to her. She loved the blend then, and consistently
calls me every two months for a new supply. What's even more spectacular is she no longer needs the
Neurontin. Could she have cleared up the discomfort with just the Jasmine? Knowing what I know, no.
However, just using that essential oil would have made a difference for her and that's the beauty of this
With this said, there are times when the support of a professional is desirable because they will pick up on
'things' that we don't. It's important to keep in mind, as human beings we have our blind spots, so having
someone else assist us with formulating a blend for our specific 'needs' is valuable; yet, in the meantime,
knowing what we're drawn to is a fabulous start. There's definitely more to Aromatherapy than meets the
eye or nose.