GUEST POST: Katie Shell, Master Aromatherapist
Here’s a few important things you should know about using essential oils.
Water intensifies the experience, which can be desirable for some circumstances but take caution if the oil feels warm on the skin. If you experience heat or irritation from an oil please put olive or coconut oil on it to relieve any discomfort. DO NOT RINSE WITH WATER.
If you have not been given specific information on the application of an essential oil, use it on the bottoms of the feet. Pour a few drops directly on the bottoms of the feet and rub them together, your hands need not touch the oils at all.
The biggest consumer of essential oils is the food industry, if you’ve had orange juice, or a flavored sparkling water, you’ve ingested highly diluted essential oils. That said straight essential oils are more potent through the skin, and you don’t have to worry about potential side effects. So generally its simplest just to avoid taking them orally.
Much like wine, every year, every location, every crop is going to produce different scent and chemo-type combinations. To maintain consistency through-out batches and years different harvests must be blended. Some prefer it this way, others prefer to stick with a single source. There is no right or wrong, just understand there is a difference.
Look for botanical names, and country of origin. This is one check on quality. Every subspecies, and location is going to have different characteristics.
All essential oils are anti-bacterial.
All conifers are anti-viral, and if it sounds like it comes out of an herb garden, or spice rack it’s probably anti-viral.
Any lavender works for almost everything, skin, respiratory, pain, anti-viral, bug repellant, calming (but not always sedating), and most are at least decent quality.
Katie Shell is an Intuitive Medicinal Aromatherapist and Traditional Usui Reiki practitioner residing in Arizona. She is passionate about helping people to connect to their own healing energies. Katie believes we come into this world with an innate knowing within our bodies, and by listening to our bodies we have the road map for our journey here. Katie began working with WOTE essential oils in 2007 for her family’s physical, spiritual, and emotional well BEing. The voices of the plants and trees continue to call her to move deeper into this heart-based work. Katie’s lifelong work with belly dance to celebrate the bodies of all women, and her more recent work with conscious dance has inspired her unique workshop series Essential Dance. Essential Dance brings guided and free-form dance together with essential oil anointment’s to create deep connections with our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Katie is a priestess and has studied a variety of modalities to enhance her work. You can learn more by visiting her website here.