What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for improving and maintaining health and beauty. Several ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese and Indian) have used Aromatherapy for their physical and mental well-being. The actual word “AROMATHERAPIE” was coined in 1928 by Rene Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist.While conducting experiments, his hand was severely burned in a lab explosion and he found that LAVENDER healed it. He is referred to as the modern day father of Aromatherapy. Today there is growing interest in this gentle but effective method to balance body, mind and spirit. to find out more – goto our links page

What is an aromatherapist?

An aromatherapist utilizes essential oils to enable the body’s natural healing process. As an aromatherapist, one is professionally trained in the properties of application and contra-indications of essential oils.

‘Essential oils, also known as herbal (or floral) essences, are blended together or used individually to support and promote this healing process. Certification is required to ensure that an aromatherapist is trained to professional standards for the safety of the public, whom (s)he serves.There are many levels of training and standards of certification in the world.

In Canada we have the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA). Certification by the CFA organization allows a professional aromatherapist to utilize the designation CAHP – Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional. ‘This certification requires’ a minimum standard education of 450 hours, plus a completed exam in anatomy, physiology, essential oils and aromatherapy practice. An aromatherapist must have a certificate clearly displayed in his/her office if (s)he claims to be certified by an organization.  To meet an aromatherapist, check out our members page now: CFA Certified members by province

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are non-oily aromatic liquids occurring naturally in various parts of plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, woods and spices. They contain the life force of the plant and have the ability to strengthen our immune system and to stimulate our body’s natural healing abilities. to get a quality essential oil – ask an aromatherapist or your local school


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How to use Essential Oils – Brief Summary

Essential Oils are highly concentrated and should not be used directly on the skin or near the eyes. Using oils neat on the skin can create a rash, itching, an allergic reaction, and even severe pain.

They must always be diluted in a suitable carrier oil for massage, or diluted with water for baths and vaporization.

Essentials oil should be kept away from children and pets and stored in dark-coloured
glass bottles away from sunlight and heat.

Certain essential oils are contra-indicated for pregnancy, sunbathing and some health problems. There are many excellent books on Aromatherapy. We suggest that you familiarize yourself by reading some of these publications which we are sure will enhance your enjoyment of Aromatherapy.

Uses & applications of Aromatherapy Treatments

Aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways for many benefits: Massage, Inhalers, Baths, Foot-baths, Vaporizers, Compresses, Diffusers, Skin care, Meditation and Deodorizers.