I have been MIA for a while on the essential oil side of my business because to be honest I am not sure how I feel about them anymore. In my opinion MLM's are ruining the art of aromatherapy, insulting the hard work, study and commitment to those who have spent their lives dedicated to the feild, and are advocates for copius over-use and inappropraite use that is not only unsafe and unecessary to the end user but a travesty on our environment.
We are always seeing and over-hearing just how much plant material is takes to make a single oz or even drop of an essential oil- it is presented like a badge of honor- like "look at how precious and rare and therefore awesome it is". And while that is true, they are super precious and rare and beautiful we are focusing on the wrong side of it, being that this is a negative, not a positive. Using that much plant material to yeild such a small quantity of product is insane and if we keep going the way we are we won't have any of the plants to celebrate and use their beautiful properties at all, let alone as essential oils.
The fact is that we do not need to be using essential oils for everything and anything. In fact, in most cases the herb variation of the plant is a better choice and always a safer one in my humble opnion. Not to mention, MUCH more sustainable. If we (I say "we" lightly, as a broad term to what this industry now is) are truly aromatherapists and understand and respect the plants that we have become so fascinated with that we make it our life's work, then why are we not concerned with the sustainablity and proper use of them? Treating them as the treasures we surely boast about online to mass sell them? It's hypocracy really, they are so special and so rare that that is how we can justify the price, but don't use that same rationale when over-selling them, not thinking about how quickly we are advising client's to go through the material.
Whie I haven't settled 100% on how I will move forward with essential oils and clinical aromatherapy, as a professional aromatherapist here are my thoughts: