I am a volunteer for a local hospice, and I use Aromatherapy with their clients in hospice, respite, and palliative care.
What has really been rewarding is using essential oils for people working through the grieving process. In group sessions, I have taught adults and children to make inhalers using combinations of Orange, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Frankincense. Children process grief in different ways than adults. Many times their grieving process is not outwardly recognizable, but manifests inwardly. Essential oils are such a balm to grief-related symptoms that a child cannot always identify.
Several weeks after making inhalers with a group of kids, an 8-year-old was excited to let me know she was still using her inhaler. What a reward for both of us! Like so many instances in end-of-life and grief applications, the essential oils are soothing friends helping us through the most significant transitions.
I don’t know if we are who we are before our relationships with the oils, or if the oils make us into who we are, but I do know the Aromatherapy community is made up of the most giving and helpful individuals. The Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje, and so many of the people I’ve met through the professional associations and conferences have amazed me by their willingness to share information and help each other advance. I’m so thankful to be a part of this community.
If you have an interest in essential oils or are thinking of becoming certified, I would encourage you to “Go for it!” The oils have a way of enhancing your life in unexplainable ways.
As the word of Aromatherapy has spread, much incorrect information has been posted on the internet. The need for educated, Certified Aromatherapists is growing. We owe that to the plants, the profession and to every unsuspecting recipient of a potentially unsafe essential oil application.