What is a certified essential oil coach? From the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, “…is a 501(c)3 member based non-profit association devoted to the holistic integration and education of aromatherapy into a wide range of complementary healthcare practices including self care and home pharmacy. We offer scientific, empirical and current information about aromatherapy and essential oils to the public, practitioners, businesses, product designers, bloggers/writers, educators, healthcare professionals, and the media.

NAHA is actively involved with promoting and elevating academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice standards for the profession. NAHA is also devoted to increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding of aromatherapy and its safe and effective application in everyday life.”    

A certified essential oil coach has received aromatherapy certification from schools such as the American College of Healthcare Sciences, or organizations such as the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. The NAHA is recognized as the premier organization in this field, and educational institutions can apply for accreditation to add credibility and validity to their curriculum.

What are essential oils? The clinical definition is that essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the smell and flavor, or the “essence,” of their source. To better understand essential oils, they are compounds and oils extracted from plant obtained through distillation or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. After extraction the aromatic chemicals are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use. When purchasing oils it is highly recommended that you do so from trained professionals such as those at Meli Lips in Glendale.

What are the benefits of essential oils? The benefits of using essential oils is as myriad as the plants the oils are derived from. However, there are several primary uses. Several studies indicate that people form strong associations between scents and memories, and as a result aromatherapy can be used as a supplemental treatment to help people recall memories or form new ones. A commonly used memory-enhancing oil is sage. Peppermint, lemon, and lavender have been shown to relive symptoms of stress. Tests have indicated that jasmine, chamomile, lavender, and peppermint can work well as an alternative to pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Who doesn’t need an energy boost? Black pepper, clove, jasmine, tea tree, and rosemary oils can increase circulation, and as a result energy levels, without the dangerous side effects of artificial stimulants.

Stress, something we live with on a daily basis in modern society, is detrimental to maintaining a healthy immune system. Doctors almost universally agree that a key to maintaining health is a strong immune system. Mixing oils known for their antimicrobial effects such as lemon, oregano, frankincense, eucalyptus, and peppermint has shown to have a dramatic affect in numerous cases.

Digestive issues resultant of stress are also a common malady. Here to studies have indicated that  aromatherapy treatments can be of tremendous benefit. Citrus oils as well oils from ginger, chamomile, lavender and fennel can alleviate common digestive conditions including constipation, bloating, and improved metabolic levels.

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Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America