Proper Testing of Essential Oils and Hemophilia Clients
Written by Rivka Sari ©2012 – Written Homework assignment for Tiferet Aromatherapy Course Study with Avraham Sand based on his work on Fragrance Testing. Also based on the work of Professor Tim Jacob, head of the Smell Research Laboratory at Cardiff University on the art of Body Fragrance Matching
When we first experience the essential oil, this is like a first date. The chemistry between the oil and the client will usually become clear immediately, according to the way they respond to the fragrance. This is only a brief encounter compared to using the essential oil in an aromatherapy treatment, but it is a very reliable first impression. When doing a massage or reflexology treatments, if the client is drawn to the fragrance, it will be effective and enjoyable when they use it in a treatment right at that time. your nose is a medicine detective. The only If they are not drawn to it, the oil should not be used at that time, but might still be an appropriate choice when used in a later treatment, if it tests positively later.
It is important to realize that our preferences (and needs) for the oils are continuously changing. We will be attracted to different oils at night than we would choose in the morning, and different oils at various seasons in the year. A woman will be drawn to varying oils at different times during her monthly cycle. As our state of health changes, our fragrance preferences and needs change accordingly.
Our goal in this aspect of becoming a seasoned and proficient Aromatherapist is to learn to become a consistently good matchmaker. When doing this process for an essential oil treatment, we actually try to choose up to five good candidates for a potentially good match, and hopefully one or more of them will turn out just right. We usually try to limit selections to five candidates at most, to not overwhelm the nose of the person who will do the testing and receive the treatment. To get a full knowledge of that person’s real health status we may need to do a full spectrum test of 14-18 oils. This done carefully 5 oils at a time. Fragrance Testing Technique: This method is the hidden Key to Aromatherapy and the use of aromatic oils. Your nose sense of smell came from Gan Aden uncorrupted which empowers you to choose the correct oils and exact formulation that you need to heal every time.
Any aromatherapy book or training course which is theoretical information that can tell us which essential oils to use to treat various health conditions using that knowledge helps, but is not the whole treatment. Yet, this information can often be misleading, unreliable and sometimes even dangerous, without proper matching essential oils. It is like a general survey of many people who respond to a given fragrance in a particular way on the “bell curve,” but this approach is not reliable enough in itself to direct us to precisely the correct oils and formulation to use in a professional treatment. Many essential oils are multi-purpose and cannot be neatly categorized, while every person has a unique body chemistry. That unique chemistry only responds to the right fragrance that your body needs.
Hemophilia patients need extra care and safety measures because of the blood lacking certain factors for clotting. We have a working knowledge of which oils are safe for Hemophilia patients so finding a match within that list is easy and safer.
Essential oils that are safe for use are as follows
Essential Oils that might assist in reducing hemorrhages: Rosewood, **Labdanum, Myrrh, **Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, **Sandalwood, Helichrysum,Lemon Essential Oils that might assist in contracting blood vessels: Chamomile, **Cypress, Rose, Helichrysum, Lemon, Essential Oils that might ease stress: Lavender, **Melissa (diffusion only), Frankincense, **Labdanum, **Neroli (diffusion only), **Bergamot (diffusion only), **Coriander, **Cypress, Helichrysum, Chamomile, Geranium, Ravensara, Rose, **Sandalwood, Valerian ,** Spikenard, **Basil, **Patchouli
Essential Oils to avoid: Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Bay Laurel, Wintergreen, Oregano, Garlic, Ginger Sweet Birch, Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin, spearmint, EXCEPT the use of Peppermint in moderation Grapefruit and any other essential oils from the Citrus family EXCEPT the use of LEMON in moderation, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Rosemary, Marjoram, Lemongrass, Melissa.
Natrapath remedy to avoid is Arnica. Thinning of blood can occur with Arnica and interact with factor medication.
Remember to Never apply any oil directly onto skin without a carrier oil to diffuse the concentration of the oil. Stronger is not better because it could cause a burn or severe damage to skin if done so without a carrier oil
This is optional: After this is done then skin testing may be done as extra precaution to determine the oils the client has chosen is good. This step is not required and the client or patient can be trusted by what they like.
Safety Rules: •Never apply essential oils to the skin without the advice from qualified professional •Keep oils out of the reach of children, the mentally challenged and pets. •Keep away from the eyes. If you get essential oils in the eyes, rinse immediately with milk followed by vegetable oil and water. •Keep oils away from open flame. •Store in a cool, dark place. •Always blend essential oils with a carrier oil, cream, water, or other base before using. •Never use perfume oils instead of essential oils
**NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OIL INTERNALLY. ESPECIALLY IN CASE OF HEMOPHILIA. SOME OILS CAN CAUSE INCREASE OF INHIBITORSAND CAUSE SEVERE BRUISING BECAUSE OF INTERACTION WITH FACTOR MEDICATION AND THINNING OF BLOOD MAY OCCUR**
For details about Rabbi Sand’s work, please see Chapter 8 of his book “Mystical Aromatherapy”