When Aromatherapy Doesn't Work, Part 2

Aug 30, 07:20 PM

"I love the custom blend you made for my migraines, but it doesn't work on my husband's headaches at all. He hates it."

This statement addresses a frequent complaint about essential oil blends and touches on the difference between allopathic and truly holistic healthcare. 

The woman for whom the custom blend was made is a petite, 5 foot tall 38-year-old. She has a strongly yin constitution, is easily prone to weight gain when she doesn't watch her diet, and has a long history of gynecological problems. She suffers from monthly, debilitating migraines at a very specific point in her menstrual cycle. Her headaches are hormonal in nature and aggravated by consumption of chocolate and red wine.

Her husband is a muscular 6 foot 3 inches tall and works out obsessively. He can and does eat anything he wants. This 42-year-old is a classic type A personality, has a short temper, and is subject to frequent outbursts of anger which quickly disappear. He spends long hours at his work station, which is not ergonomically designed: his computer keyboard is not positioned at the appropriate level, and the monitor is too high. His shoulders and neck are chronically tense, and he suffers from non-migraine tension headaches about 3 times per week.

Are you beginning to see what's wrong with this picture?

Clinical aromatherapy, when properly practiced, is not a one-size-fits-all discipline. The two people described above are very different. Yes, they both suffer from headaches, but the type of headache and contributing factors vary considerably. One person is quite physically larger than the other and would likely require a stronger dose of essential oils. The custom blend in question was prepared for the wife only. And a custom-blended aromatic synergy is just that, custom designed to address a particular person's specific set of issues. It should not be surprising that her blend isn't effective on his headache.

Additionally, her husband would probably benefit from some corrective massage therapy and a stretching routine prior to his workouts. The wife might find that her migraines would show some improvement with the addition of particular dietary supplements.  Different strokes for different folks. A good aromatherapist takes this into account and might make some recommendations or refer out to a nutritionist, massage therapist or yoga therapist.

If someone has created a custom essential oil blend for you, it is not wise to share it with others. If those others are children, frail elderly, immune-compromised individuals, or persons on multiple medications, it is extremely foolhardy to do so, as their health may be adversely affected by the essential oils in your blend. If in doubt, check with the aromatherapist who prepared your custom synergy and she will provide you with guidelines for appropriate use.


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