The Secret to Using Aromatherapy for Mental Health

The Secret to Using Aromatherapy for Mental Health

… is becoming empowered to make the best blend!

There’s a trend in aromatherapy education to simplify things and say that “X” oil works for depression, “X” works for ADD, and “X” works for grief. We, on the other hand, believe in elevating the conversation.

There are general claims that can be made about specific oils. For example, for most people, Lavender is a great sedative and Rosemary can act as a stimulant. However, if someone has trouble sleeping or focusing, the trick is to take into account all the factors that contribute to this issue. Then create a unique blend that’s paired with the desired mental state.

For this reason, we always hesitate to isolate single essential oils for particular conditions and continuously refer back to this wider perspective.

Now, we do find charts to be handy. They can really help us get started on making the best blend. You can find detailed charts to reference in both our Reference Manual and Aromatic Mind Book. What we’ve found in our practices is that clients respond best to a unique blend, rather than a single oil treatment.

Blending requires a little more education and experience, while it also welcomes the wisdom of intuition. Our goal as educators is to help foster these qualities in our students.

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Aromatherapy and the Mind

Aromatherapy and the Mind

May is Mental Health Month. We thought, what better way to celebrate than with new ways to learn about aromatherapy and the mind!

In 2006, Sylla published the Aromatic Mind Book for mental health practitioners to supplement their practice. But this book is also for anyone who wishes to use aromatics for mental health pursuits.

Part of the inspiration for this book was Sylla’s work on the PARP (Psychosensory Aromatherapy Research Project) study with her long-time colleague, Dr. Trevor Stokes. Dr. Stokes recently visited Florida, and we decided to start off our “Tea Time Interview Series” with him.

In this video, Dr. Stokes talks about how this project emerged, the methods they used, and how the principles of relaxation apply to both patients and therapists.

We’re learning how to create and edit videos, so it will be another few weeks before the video is up. Stay tuned!