Aromatherapy: Art, Science or just “feel good” therapy?

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Art, Science or just “feel good” therapy?

Essential Oils are basically plant extracts captured in highly concentrated compounds.  It can take several pounds of plant material to produce a single bottle of essential oil, so quality and purity plays an important role when selecting an oil for use.  Some essential oils are contraindicated with certain medication, ages and/or medical conditions, so knowledge is needed to maintain safety when using these both by way of inhalation and topically.

How can Aromatherapy support health? Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. When inhaled, the scent molecules travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and impact the amygdala, the emotional center. When applied topically or blended a synergistic effect is shown.  The art of aromatherapy has been practiced for thousands of years and recognized as beneficial and sometimes healing in many cultures for a variety of physical ailments.  Scientific research is still in its infancy, and much more is needed to determine the overall effectiveness in human health.  Results are promising, many people are believers and have personal stories that support the statement that essential oils are natural remedies for ailments including nausea, insomnia, mood disorders, and toenail fungus just to name a few.

As a Certified Professional Aromatherapist and Board Certified Holistic Registered Nurse, I believe that essential oils can make a positive impact on overall health and well-being if used in a safe manner.  My services include both consultations and custom blending for clients.  This is done by first reviewing their medical history, medications, and allergies; then together we discuss their health goals, develop a plan and options. During an Aromatherapy session, I scent profile the client and blend accordingly to an individuals preferences.  At the end of the session, a client leaves with their own complimentary customized oil blend.

Seeing patients as an Aromatherapist/Holistic Nurse over the last two years and being a part of their success stories has been the most fulfilling time in my 34-year nursing career.  These therapies are not usually a “quick fix”; they do however increase available treatment options and allow the patient to feel they have greater control of their health journey.



Lynn W. Tholborn RN HN-BC

Holistic Nurse, Board Certified

Certified Professional Aromatherapist, Level II Trained

Member of National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)