November 18, 2020 4 min read
Using Essential Oils in Your Therapy Practice and Therapy Sessions
Essential oils have a number of benefits and flexibility which will add to your therapy practice sessions, while benefiting you and your patients. This article is about WHY to introduce and HOW to introduce essential oils safely and effectively into your therapy practice.
Did you know, Essential Oils are 100% pure and natural, not Synthetic, like Nutritional Supplements are. Most practitioners don’t really grasp that the majority of nutritional supplements are made from “dead” petrochemicals and other strange substances such as extractions from sheep’s wool.
While nutritional supplements are considered more “natural” than drugs because they are mostly duplicates of what can already be found in the body.
While drugs are completely new-to-nature, that is, they are not duplicates of compounds already found in the body, most nutritional supplements are analogues of what is already in the body, aside from some notable exceptions like folic acid, which is completely synthetic and not natural.
Therefore while most nutritional supplements may be considered more “natural” than drugs, essential oils really are natural and don’t contain any nasty petrochemical-based compounds, and they are also highly potent, which is attributable to both their biochemical and energetic properties.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic (water-repelling/fat-loving) liquids distilled from plants and trees, usually by steam. They are called “essential” because it is the “essence” of the plant or tree (its fragrance) which is still distilled (not because they are essential for health).
Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, etheral oils or aetherolea. Oils are extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree. The oils are highly concentrated and can be 50-70 times more powerful than herbs, for example, to obtain one 15ml bottle of rose oil, it takes 65 pounds (29.4 kg) of rose petals!
Essential Oils are easy to Introduce Into Your Therapy Practice
If you are a therapy practitioner who is already trained and familiar with the basics of physiology and anatomy, diet and nutritional therapy, and you are already used to recommending nutritional and herbal supplements, incorporating the use of essential oils into your practice is relatively straight forward.
Why not recommend essential oils for similar purposes as herbs and supplements you already know about, for example, you may recommend coriander (cilantro) oil for detox support, oregano oil for immune support, peppermint oil for digestive support, clove oil for parasites and so forth.
Essential Oils Provide Additional ways to Administer Therapeutic Support
Essential oils can be administered by diffusion (i.e. As essential oils contain tiny molecules in an oil setting, they pass through the skin and into fatty cell membranes very well, making them an excellent transdermal therapeutic tool.
When you inhale essential oils they enter the blood stream, however they also act on the limbic system of the brain via the olfactory system which results in additional mood-related benefits which have increasing research behind them as well.
Essential Oils Can Heal The Physical Body
Essential oils are highly adaptive and intelligent in the body. There are also oils that contain sesquiterpines and can cross the blood-brain barrier, which to date, modern pharmaceutical medicine has been unable to achieve.
Essential oils carry the oxygenating, regenerating, and healing nature of plants. They can impact every cell within the body in 20 minutes and then be metabolized just like other nutrients. You know, Essential oils contain oxygen molecules and are able to transport these critical nutrients to deficient cells, which strengthens the immune system because disease stems from cells that lack proper oxygen content.
Essential oils also carry all the “anti” qualities that are beneficial for the body: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, anti-tumor, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic. There are some research studies that suggest essential oils can also detoxify cells and cleanse the blood.
Using essential oils is good.
Did you know, Essential Oils can also, heal our emotional and energetic physiology, without a doubt our thoughts and emotions affect our biology. With use of essential oils, you can impact both the mind and body at the same time. Plenty of evidence exists to explain how oils affect our emotions through the olfactory and limbic system in the brain.
Essential oils are also a form of energy medicine. However, the impact of essential oils on the biology of humans and animals can be scientifically studied, measuring some of the energetic properties of essential oils directly, is not yet possible, because of quantum physics.
Essential oils are a truly integrative therapeutic intervention, bringing together both Eastern and Western forms of medicine, as well as the mind and body.
The power of essential oils, should not be underestimated.
You know, unlike nutritional supplements, many people naturally love strong scented essential oils and will enjoy the increase in quality of life they provide. Let’s not forget, at present essential oils are mostly used in perfumes, fragrance oils, personal hygiene products and to make a room smell better and enhance people’s general experience for recreational purposes.
The facts about essential oils, should speak for themselves, oddly enough, that cannot be said though, for the majority of health supplements on the market today.