Today we will explore the current state of Aromatherapy. While aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years, it has gained immense popularity in recent years. Many younger people are realizing the benefits of living a clean, healthy lifestyle. Alternative medicine and holistic remedies, including aromatherapy, are making a huge resurgence. People are finally starting to realize the huge impact that the products we use, the food we eat, the supplements and medicine we take have on our body. It’s the same concept as a car. You buy a brand new beautiful 2020 Audi A7!!! Most likely, you will only use the best gasoline. You will make sure your car is always clean. You will service your new car regularly and make sure it stays “healthy & beautiful”. So, why do many of us neglect our bodies, but take great care of our material possessions? Our body is our most valuable possession. We only have one body, and one life. Life is short, but life is beautiful and amazing. We have to start treating our bodies better, in order for them to function better, and stay healthy.
As a currently practicing pharmacist and aromatherapist, I often find myself debating the use of modern Western medicine versus holistic remedies such as homeopathy, naturopathy, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, aromatherapy etc. I have studied both conventional medicine and holistic remedies, and my opinion is that we have to find a balance, and that each person has to be looked at individually. In many cases, conventional medicine is necessary. But, as a society, we over-prescribe and over-medicate. We take a medication for anxiety which helps but causes side effects that have to be treated with other medications. Before you know it, you are taking 4 medications regularly, and your body becomes dependent on them.
At this time, there are no specific regulations or certifications of aromatherapy or aromatherapists that are recognized. This is one factor that is holding back further growth of aromatherapy. There are some great organizations out there, such as NAHA (The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) (www.naha.org) & AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists) (www.alliance-aromatherapists.org) that strongly advocate the practice of aromatherapy. We have to support these organizations, and advocate for aromatherapy to see more future growth.In closing, we’d like to thank all of our readers, subscribers, customers, and friends. Happy and Safe 4th of July to all. Stay tuned for our next blog entry, “The Future of Aromatherapy”.