Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said that the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day. It turns out he was onto something all those centuries ago as there is now a growing body of evidence showing the benefits of aromatherapy massage. We all know how wonderful a massage can feel on sore, tired muscles, but an aromatherapy massage can do that and so much more.
When I first encountered essential oils a few decades ago, I would smell the little bottles in the health food store and be disappointed that they smelled nothing like the artificial fragrances I was used to. I had no idea that essential oils had therapeutic properties, or that they were not used for fragrance alone.
It is that time of year when the kiddos head back to school, and the topic of healthy classrooms starts to make the rounds. Teachers ask what they can diffuse in the classroom to keep their students calm, kill germs and get rid of general adolescent stank. I am afraid that the short answer is nothing.
It seems as though everywhere you turn, somebody is selling essential oils. From home parties to pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores, to Kijiji, Amazon and eBay, oils are everywhere. They all promise to be pure and natural, and range from very affordable to very expensive. But which oil company can you trust?
Shannon Bachorick is a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional in Regina, Canada. Her focus is on emotional healing for those living with and at risk of developing autoimmune disorders, and the safe and responsible use of essential oils at all ages and stages of life.