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This past six months as the voice of the Essential Oil Revolution has been totally amazing! Without this podcast, I don’t know if I would have had the opportunity to interview some of the incredible experts that I have. I have literally had the opportunity to sit down with some of “the greats!” I have chatted with renowned pioneers in clinical aromatherapy, highly influential aromatherapists, and esteemed holistic, naturopathic, and functional medicine practitioners. It has been an incredible honor to hear their wisdom and share their insights with you!

Even after incorporating essential oils in my practice for almost two decades, there is still so much to learn. Over time, I’ve gleaned new insights from research, training, clinical experience, and my clients. These have all altered my practice and recommendations on how to incorporate these aromatic drops. But let me tell you, my knowledge has accelerated by being able to interview some of the best-of-the best in aromatherapy on this podcast.

As a clinician, it is so important for me to keep an open mind. As scientists continue to discover more about the mechanisms and properties of essential oils and doctors gain more clinical experience and share information among colleagues, things can shift in our understanding of how to best use them for optimal results.

So, in this episode of the Essential Oil Revolution, I take time to reflect on what I have learned about essential oils. This is through the lens of being the host of the show for half a year and from using them in my naturopathic practice for almost 20 years. I review five things I have either changed my mind about regarding essential oils, feel stronger about, or aspects that have shifted my viewpoint on how to apply them.

Essential oils are simple to use, and they produce potent effects, but they are also intricate and complex. Due to their availability and popularity, not everyone who is using them has had in-depth training or education on their applications. Having aromatics available can be empowering, but it can also create confusion and suboptimal, or even unwanted, results.

So, I am hoping that by listening to this podcast, you will gain more understanding of your favorite plant secondary metabolites.

Listen in here and get an overview of what is covered below.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why one may shift their viewpoints about essential oils (1.30 min)
    • New scientific research, education from manufacturers, clinical practice, and experience all influence one’s understanding of essential oils.
  • How consumer use of essential oils may have some caveats to obtaining optimal results (2 min)
  • Why one should respect the pioneers of the science of essential oils, distillation, clinical aromatherapy, and the history of aromatherapy (3 min)
    • Understanding our aromatic roots can heighten our respect for essential oils.
    • Knowledge about experts’ backgrounds and their philosophic viewpoints of aromatherapy can help one to consider safety and applications through that lens.
  • The various aromatherapy contributions of several of our guests that were highlighted on the show: Hana Tisserand (Tisserand Institute), Jade Shutes, and Pam Conrad, PGd, BSN, RN, CCAP (4 min)
  • Education from MLM companies vs. the different philosophies on the medicinal use of essential oils and applications by trained clinical aromatherapists (5 min)
  • The dangers of essential oils becoming a commodity vs. a therapeutic tool (6.30 min)
    • Consumerism viewpoints of essential oils can rob our respect for our history and the magic and chemistry of essential oils.
    • “Green medicine” can “weed out” personalized applications of essential oils.
    • It is important to balance knowing what essential oils do with building relationships with them and honoring their essence.
  • The training of clinical aromatherapists and their personalized approaches to essential oils (8 min)
  • How clinical aromatherapists can aid physicians and patients in the use of essential oils for those with medical conditions (10.30 min)
  • The importance of spacing out medications with essential oils (11 min)
  • The art, science, and safety of essential oils (11.30 min)
    • Natural does not equal safe, dose and proper application is critical of any intervention.
    • Essential oils are generally safe, if used appropriately.
    • Some aspects to consider for safe use include quality, dosage, and one’s health.
    • Taking time to form a relationship with essential oils and noticing how we respond to them is the art of aromatherapy.
  • Brand loyalty vs. combining different brands (15 min)
    • There are many great quality essential oils companies.
    • One may respond differently to essential oils based on how each company distills essential oils and the variations of manufacturing.
  • Why considering sustainability is so important regarding essential oils (17 min)
  • How consumerism is impacting the sustainability and respect of essential oils  (18 min)
  • Understanding the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species categories to determine which oils to be mindful of regarding use and consumption (18.30 min):
    • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has developed a “Categories and Criteria” classification system for identifying the risk level that specific plants are facing. They are listed below along with some common essential oils in various categories.
      • Not Evaluated
      • Data Deficient
      • Least Concern: allspice, balsam fir, bay laurel, black spruce, blue spruce, roman chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus lemon, juniper, lavender, lemon tea tree, manuka, myrtle, neroli, rosalina, sage, Siberian fir, spearmint, spike lavender, thyme, Virginian cedarwood, and yarrow
      • Near Threatened: eucalyptus radiata, frankincense, Hinoki cypress, and New Caledonian Sandalwood
      • Vulnerable: elemi, Australian/East Indian/Hawaiian Sandalwood
      • Endangered: juniper, rosewood, Tawain Cypress, and vanilla
      • Critically Endangered: sandalwood, palo santo, juniper, agarwood, and spikenard
      • Extinct in the Wild
      • Extinct
  • Final summary and safety resources (22 min)

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Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.

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