Nowadays it seems as if everyone is jumping onto the ‘essential oil’ bandwagon. From my next door neighbor, to my hairdresser to nutritionists and multi level marketers…E.O. is big business. While it’s probably a good thing I am a little concerned we’re paying little attention to the nuance and complexity of these remarkable essences and losing the opportunity to fully engage a clientele via the alchemy of Clinical Aromatherapy.

Most of the E.O.’s being marketed are ‘single note’ and while single notes have their benefit they risk falling into the same trap as allopathic medicine – addressing a specific condition rather than the ‘whole’ person.

Clinical Aromatherapy, on the other hand, is holistic by its very nature. Operating from the premise that each part of the body is in relationship with the ‘whole’ a well designed E.O. blend ( usually composed of several notes) has the ability to summon the strength and resilience of the entire organism.

In other words, a single note does not make a symphony but several notes can….and often do.

Austrian born Margaret Maury, one of the great teachers of ‘Aromatherapie’, likened essential oils to ‘the alchemy of creation’ and having personally worked with this subtle, odiferous matter for over thirty years I have come to understand that a carefully selected blend of essential oils often serve as a medium for physical and emotional healing – a ’holistic’ gateway to clarity, insight and wellbeing.

Clinical Aromatherapy can affect us on many levels. It relaxes and rejuvenates, of course, but it also taps into our unconscious body, often stimulating insight and intuition while gently shifting perception. Clients (post treatment) often begin to view things (relationships, values, life goals) in a new light or experience clarity where there had been doubt and confusion. It’s highly personal and often serves as a catalyst for change and growth.

The art of Clinical Aromatherapy lies in identifying the synergistic blend of oils that correspond and support one’s subtle body energies (constitution). Just as a perfumer creates a blend of fragrant essences to provoke and arouse a response, the aromatherapist creates a specific blend to
integrate body, mind and emotions.

It is important work. And it’s powerful. It honors the ‘essential’ self.

Anne Bramham