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Aromatherapy and The Therapist's Office

By: Lalia Robinson Wilson



Some of you are therapists, and many of you have visited therapists, here’s a look at how using aromatherapy can ease the life of the therapist and the client! Much of what I say here can be applied to other situations, such as religious counselors, astrologers, tarot card readers, and so forth. If you would like specific recommendations, please e-mail me. If enough people have those interests, I’ll devote a newsletter to that subject.

People visiting a therapist usually have some kind of emotional problems. Thus, the essential oils discussed here are focused on emotional and spiritual problems. (Spiritual problems many times masquerade as emotional problems, and vise versa.)

Typically a therapist will see clients with different types of problems, and even with the same “problem,” clients may be at different stages of treatment. Thus many essential oils, which would be ideal for a particular client at his/her stage of progress, would not be suitable for the next person in the waiting room or the consultation room. I’m going to make some big distinctions between essential oils and blends that are highly helpful for particular patients, but likely too reactivating to expose the whole day’s clients to, and other oils and blends that are neutral or sedating in effect and will not likely cause an outburst.

Among the oils and blends which are generally useful, and might be safely diffused in the waiting room or private office, are the single oils Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Orange, Lemon, Sandalwood, and Rosemary. Consider also the blends Purification, Citrus Fresh, Christmas Spirit, White Angelica, and the homemade blend of Lavender, Marjoram and Peppermint (2 to 1 to1). Please diffuse them before or after occupancy, they are not recommended while clients are sitting there, as they might have some untoward physical reactions due to preexisting physical problems.

Oils and blends for emergency psychological first aid include Peace & Calming, Grounding, Trauma Life, and Valerian (highly sedating, but strong and unpleasant smell). They are in the order of their calming and sedating effect, with Peace & Calming pleasant smelling and useable in just about any circumstance, Grounding more applicable to a hysterical or manic client, Trauma Life also for mania, but also for physical or spiritual trauma as well.

If you perceive that problem as more of a Spiritual Emergency, these blends and single oils are appropriate. White Angelica for psychic protection and shielding—this is probably something the therapist should personally use daily, and diffuse daily at the beginning or end of each workday. Sacred Mountain smells differently than White Angelica, but has similar properties of psychic protection. Purification is useful to dispel bad vibrations, including those from physical causes such as mold and mildew. If things have taken a negative turn, clear the atmosphere with White Angelic and follow that with Rose, which has the highest vibrations of all the essential oils.

Many of the essential oils are highly effective for processing emotional trauma. These work well with a particular client, whose issues you know, but might be problematical to use in the waiting room where other clients, clients of other therapists, office employees and delivery personnel might encounter them. Let’s talk about these more “active” essential oils. Where more than one essential oil or blend is listed, please only use one per session! To address issues of childhood abuse, use either Inner Child or SARA. Both will help the client recall and process the abuse. To release feelings of anger, Release. To address mother/child issues, Inner Child or Gentle Baby. Issues of apathy or victimization can use Awaken, Envision, Inspiration, Into the Future, Magnify Your Purpose, Motivation or Passion. For clients with issues of being too domineering, Surrender, or Humility. For clients who seem totally unclear in their thinking, Clarity or Present Time. If you suspect some physical aspect to the lack of clarity, also use Brain Power. For the final steps in therapy, try the blends Acceptance, Forgiveness and Harmony!

How these might be used: Essential oils that are useful for all, such as White Angelica, are best delivered with a diffuser, such as the Young Living diffuser, which sends a cloud of very small particle-size oil droplets into the air. The YL diffuser will diffuse enough to “treat” 200-3000 square feet, providing the airflow allows this circulation. When desiring to use an essential oil for just one client, use a small (1-4 ounce) spray container, fill with water and add about 10 drops of the essential oil or blend that you wish to use. Shake the bottle before spraying. You can spray this in the consultation room immediately before the client comes in, or, with their permission, spray close to the client, immediately in their aura. (You may wish to have several spray containers already set up with the blends you would use.) Alternatively, have the client place several drops of the essential oil or blend on the skin of their hand, wrist, forearm or foot.

Please note other types of diffusers do not work well. The diffusers that involve heating the oil cause chemical changes that change the properties of the oil. The fan-type diffusers do not deliver enough oil into the air to have much (if any) therapeutic effect.

Among people using aromatherapy, some prefer to use single oils and then concoct their own blends. Others (including myself) prefer to use blends developed by people who have spent considerable time and trouble getting the proportions right for a specific effect. Gary Young developed the blends mentioned above after much study.


Bio: 

 

Lalia Wilson is a chemist who has worked with essential oils for some years. Visit her aromatherapy site at www.189-radiant-roses.bigstep.com

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