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Aroma Therapy

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Aroma Therapy is the process of using aromas, usually in the form of essential oils, but
can include flowers and foods, to increase homeostasis. It brings the physical,
emotional, and energetic systems back into balance, or it creates a sense of calm and
well - being. True Aroma Therapy analyzes you to see where you are deficient and uses
the appropriate oils to restore balance. These oils may or may not smell "nice" at the
time. They are selected for the therapeutic qualities rather than their pleasing qualities.
Pseudo Aroma Therapy uses oils that the client finds pleasant in order to increase
enjoyment. Both can be beneficial. It just depends on what your goal is.

Testing for deficiencies can be done in a number of different ways. You can measure
energy outflows via electrodes or some other electrical device. You can use a pendulum.
You can do energetic muscle testing. You can assess deficiencies by listing physical
and/or emotional symptoms. You can palpate the body looking for areas of tenderness,
strain, energetic highs and lows, inhibited movements, etc. You can follow the Meridian
lines, look at acupuncture pulses, or use other assessment methods.

Once you have an idea of what is high/low, you can begin to treat by selecting the
aromas that will counter balance your current conditions. The goal is balance. If you
have too much yang, than you need to increase yin. If you have too much fire energy,
than you want to increase water energy. If you have too much anxiety, than you want
to increase calm. You may have various deficiencies throughout your body and will need
to treat each part with a different oil. You may have multiple deficiencies. I recommend
you start with the most uncomfortable deficiency first and treat that. Give yourself time
to adjust (which can take 24-36 hours), and then reassess.

Treatment can be done by applying the aromas to skin, clothing, bathwater, steam,
incense burners, firewood, cooking with spices, etc. - however you want to diffuse the
aroma into the air. Treatment directly to the skin is most common because it usually
provides the fastest and strongest method of release and the oils can be absorbed
directly into your body.

Cautions: Some oils can cause inflammatory reactions, burning, photo-sensitivity, etc, so
make sure you read up on any cautions before applying oils directly to skin. And if
anything starts to burn or be uncomfortable use a carrier oil (olive, coconut, almond,
grape seed) to diffuse the oil or soap to remove. Water and oil don't mix so you can't
"water it down". Water and heat can increase the effects, positive and negative. Some
oils like Frankincense can strengthen the effects of other oils. Not all oils are the same.
Lower quality oils are more likely to cause negative reactions and may not be as
effective treatment. Look for organic and therapeutic grade oils. Young Living and
Doterra are usually considered the high end, but other oils can work fine too.
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