“Many people assume that aromatherapy is about diffusing essential oils – instead of using air fresheners – to make your home smell nice, or encourage relaxation…. but that doesn’t even scratch the surface.”
Rachel Raba is a certified aromatherapist, based in Washington, DC. She says many people are looking for natural ways to reduce anxious feelings and manage stress. Personally, she has used aromatherapy and essential oils to support her own issues with digestion and abdominal pain. She now utilizes essential oils to support a spectrum of health and wellness needs for her clients.
Aromatherapy employs the use of essential oils – utilized aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally – and other natural botanicals to maintain and promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Their specific chemical compositions and aromas promote relaxation and sleep, reduce negative emotions, reduce muscle aches, improve digestion, promote clear breathing, strengthen the immune system, increase energy, improve the condition of skin and hair and offer a natural – nontoxic – alternative to household cleansers.
Aromatherapy has also proven valuable in supporting those undergoing cancer treatments. Helping with stress management, detoxification and boosting immunity.
Raba explains essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the flowers, seeds, stems, bark, roots, and other parts of plants.
“When you zest the peel of an orange, rub a fresh peppermint leaf between your fingers, or inhale the scent of a rose, you are experiencing essential oils. After distillation or cold pressing, these tiny drops are highly concentrated and extremely powerful. Often a drop is all you need to achieve your purpose.”
Raba says essential oil has a diverse chemistry – which gives it the ability to work in multiple areas of the body, simultaneously. They have a localized effect when applied to the skin, but also systemic effects – as they are carried by the blood stream through the body.
“I teach people how to use them safely and effectively, designing a protocol that fits their lifestyle. Working with other healthcare providers to develop a holistic and comprehensive approach to wellness.”