Pursuing Aromatherapy Accreditation

As many of you know, I’ve been learning about oils and working with them since opening The Woodway in 2008.

Time now, I think, to get down to brass tacks and study the subject under a true master: Kurt Schnaubelt.

Kurt heads The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, (PIA) and today I signed up for  their Aromatherapy accreditation course.

I think “Aromatherapy” is a somewhat misleading term; it tends to imply that scent is all there is to essential oils.

In reality, they are so much more.

In fact, they’re not oils at all, but rather volatile hydrophobic liquids. Carrier oils, such as coconut oil and other vegetable fats, are true oils.

Whether essential oils are inhaled, ingested or introduced via the skin, they have definite affects upon our bodies and minds.

If you’re skeptical about essential oils and their ability to alter our states, think of plants you know: poison ivy, wild parsnip, tobacco or cannabis.

There’s no question they have an effect, so why not rose, lavender, eucalyptus, turmeric or any other essential oil we might use?

Essential oils are particularly effective in skin care because they rapidly penetrate the dermis, (where skin cells grow), regulating the activity of the capillaries and restoring vitality to the tissues.

As I journey through PIA’s aromatherapy course in the weeks ahead, I hope to develop a deeper understanding of how essential oils work, so that I might continue to use them to help you in lots of different ways here at The Woodway.

If you have any questions about essential oils, please ask me. If I can’t answer you straight away, I’ll do the research and get back to you.

Also, ask me if you would like a custom blend of essential oils, whether in an inhaler or carrier oil.

I look forward to seeing you at The Woodway.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Heather : )

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