Aromatherapy: My New Certification + Free Spring Detox Blend
I have been certified in the field of wellness since 2005. As a massage therapist, Reiki Master, and nutrition therapist, studying the science of aromatherapy was a perfect fit to expand my practice.
I have always been familiar with aromatherapy since my training in massage therapy. Then, in my Reiki journey, I learned that aromas stimulate a higher connection to oneself and overall health. Finally, in my nutrition studies, I learned about many herbs and spices and how to use them as natural medicine.
However, while passing through all this information on natural ways to improve health, I was never fully certified in aromatherapy. I am now happy to say that time has come. To know more specifically about the many uses of essential oils is a whole science in and of itself.
Here are some examples.
Aromatherapy and My Massage Therapy Practice
I have many opportunities to use essential oils in a massage therapy session. Either in diffusion, inhalation, and evidently on the body, diluted with a neutral base oil. I really like to use the method of dry inhalation during the winter, putting a tissue under the headrest with a few drops of eucalyptus. When it's a cold, dry day, my clients appreciate the fact that their sinuses remain unblocked while lying face-down.
I will also use essential oils on the body during a massage session. I was delighted to learn that wintergreen is the best muscle and joint pain killer of all the essential oils. Diluting a few drops in my massage oil can further help poor blood circulation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, and muscle/joint pain.
Aromatherapy and My Reiki Practice
Reiki is a natural, gentle, and non-invasive approach that reduces stress and increases vitality. In a Reiki massage, the therapist scans the chakras with their hands and helps restore the energy where stagnated… Essential oils also help restore stagnant energy!
I believe that using essential oils in a Reiki session helps stimulate all the person's senses, which can help amplify the Reiki session.
During my new studies, I was once again pleased to learn that chamomile, myrrh, and rosewood can be applied specifically to the solar plexus, which is the solar plexus chakra, to soothe stress and even soothe a nervous breathing pattern. This is something that is often seen in the field of Reiki.
Finally, I must mention how lavender is so useful for calming the body and mind, probably the most popular essential oil that has an instant soothing and tranquilizing effect.
Aromatherapy and Nutrition
Similarly, the benefits of herbs like chamomile also apply when incorporated into your diet or used as an essential oil. I often recommend chamomile tea to my clients who want to continue relaxing at home, especially those who have insomnia issues.
It was great to see that the same herbs or spices that are ingested to help digestive problems are the same as those recommended as essential oils. Examples, such as ginger for bloating, cinnamon for constipation or diarrhea, mint for acid reflux, and bay leaves or cloves for candida or yeast issues. All similar!
Aromatherapy and My Personal Use
Finally, I have always loved and defended the use of natural products without harmful fragrances, parabens, or dyes on the skin.
In my personal use, I already apply a refreshing hydrosol made of green tea to my face and neck. Hydrosols are water-based products made from the distillation of fresh flowers, leaves, roots, and herbs; therefore, it is another form of aromatherapy.
I also like to use sandalwood, cedar, and orange essential oil drops in my lotion when I moisturize. Applying and massaging my legs, glutes, and lower abdomen in an upwards motion when I hydrate after each shower. This motion, along with the active ingredients in the essential oils, is good to reduce water retention, cellulite, heavy legs, and promotes smooth skin.
Lastly, in my home and my workspace, I like to use incense for aromatherapy, and some of my favorites to burn are nag champa and patchouli!
Spring Detox Time
With spring in the air, it’s a perfect time to use essential oils on the skin. Having said that, do you know about my famous blend?
My homemade blend is comprised of rosemary, lavender, sage, red thyme, and basil. It has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and skin-detoxifying properties. These essential oils are also known to help skin look clear, smooth, and tight when applied topically.
I have been using this uplifting aromatic blend in my massages every spring for many years now! If you haven’t tried it yet, just ask upon your reservation or when you arrive at your appointment… It’s FREE!
Contact me today and mention the Spring Detox blend for your next massage!
(Please refrain if pregnant, nursing, or allergic to any of these ingredients).