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Your Aromatherapy Career: Using Essential Oils in Hospice Care

by Andrea Butje on May 01, 2019

May- Blog - May 1 - blog title - Using EOs in Hospice Care- 600 x 900- V1If you feel called to a career helping people in hospice care with Aromatherapy, I want to thank you.

This is such a special calling, and a special gift you can offer to the world.

I hope that you know what a profound effect essential oils can have on people in hospice care.

Whether they are going through an end-of-life transition, are in chronic pain, have lost their sense of who they are, deal with emotional imbalances (or mental ones), struggle with depression or anxiety, or something else altogether . . . I have heard so many beautiful reports of Aromatherapy improving people’s quality of life.

I would like to tell you about one of Aromahead Institute’s graduates, Robin Kessler.

Robin graduated from the Aromatherapy Certification Program (ACP) and embarked on an Aromatherapy career using essential oils in hospice care and palliative care. 

Robin shared a story with me about her client, “Red.”

Red was in hospice, and earned his nickname years ago when his white hair had been flaming red.

He was often agitated, confused, and angry—lashing out at people and mumbling to himself. His family asked Robin whether she could use Aromatherapy to help.

Robin said she could.

She learned that in earlier years, Red had been a barber, and had really loved his work. He always used to keep himself well styled and nicely polished. (Even his nails were polished clear!) He had also loved masculine scents and cologne—and even when Robin went to visit him, she noticed a bottle of Old Spice on his dresser.

She began formulating blends to bring back his memories of those days. “I researched what smells are likely to be in a barber shop, thinking if I made something close to what he enjoyed he might be less agitated and maybe a bit less confused.”

Robin’s Aromatherapy blend worked!

Two days after Red had been using it, his daughter called Robin and was so happy to report the change in her dad. He was no longer mumbling, had started eating more, and was even talking about his days in the barber shop with a smile. When Robin went to see for herself, Red did not lash out at her.

“This tells me at least the oils are helping him,” Robin shared with me. “No, they will not cure him, but at least they are easing some of the stress and anxiety he was experiencing, and they’re putting him in a better place.”

If you are called to an Aromatherapy career in hospice, I don’t have to tell you that making a difference like this can mean the world to a patient and their family. It is as though you’ve given someone back to themselves.

And I am a big advocate for essential oil education.

It’s important for any Aromatherapy career—and especially for a career in a clinical or therapeutic setting, like hospice.

A knowledge of safety issues, including concerns like drug contraindications, will serve you so well, and help you serve your clients.

It can feel so confusing to have to go looking for the right information, cross-referencing sources that might tell you different things. I want you to feel fully confident that you have evidence-based information about essential oil safety.

If you don’t know it all by heart, I want you to know exactly where to find it.

That is one reason I strongly suggest investing in an excellent, respected Aromatherapy Certification Program.  

And I have to say—seeing the credentials “CA” after your name can inspire a lot of confidence in your clients! Since there are many people who don’t fully understand Aromatherapy yet, seeing your personal dedication to your Aromatherapy career can reassure them and build their trust in you.

If you would like to start by getting a research-based, thorough essential oil education, here is the Aromatherapy Certification Program that Robin graduated from.

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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