When I started my ACP journey, I had learned to use essential oils in ways I now know are very risky. I struggled hard to understand why what I had been taught before, regarding dilution in particular, was not lining up with what I was learning in my ACP studies. I wrote Andrea several emails, which she graciously answered. I read everything I could.
In the end, I did my final research paper on dilution, further solidifying my confidence in topical safety. I find that my understanding of dilution is still being refined, as I continue to study essential oils. This is an ongoing process, especially as essential oil studies is also a growing scientific field, and more information is available all the time from the scientific community.
Since graduating from the ACP, I have been able to teach people a lot about dilution. I felt the importance of understanding and applying safe dilution principles most strongly last year, when I was talking with a friend who had developed rashes on her hands and face from essential oil use. She could not even be in a room where essential oils were being used without her rashes starting to itch. She was very fortunate in that after a period of avoiding essential oils altogether, she started using them again at very low concentrations. She now dilutes her oils and is able to use them safely and happily for her whole family again.
When I look back and remember how hard of a struggle it has been for me to work through so many pieces of contradictory information, I find I can be very patient with those who may be facing similar struggles in their aromatherapy journeys. I also feel confident that I now have a better handle on how to find reliable information, and how to go about researching the answers to questions I have. Being a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist has given me the foundation I need to be on the cutting edge of a developing field. It does not get much more exciting than that!