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Certified Aromatherapist     Essential Oil Educator & Workshop Facilitator

Cognitive Sensory Therapy  

 

What is Cognitive Sensory Therapy? 

Cognitive Sensory Therapy pairs our senses (scent and touch) with botanicals and focuses on healing an emotional, physical or spiritual issue. This is a talk based appointment that includes one bespoke aromatherapy product for your personal use. An appointment runs about an hour in length and a medical history will be taken to ensure no contraindications with the essential oils. Following our consult, an aromatic blend using essential oils will be created with your participation, and a routine or ritual is discussed for use of the aromatic blend. 
 
Cognitive Sensory Therapy is complimentary to many treatments being pursued for healing and health, it not intended to replace any therapeutic or medical treatment one is participating in. 

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Cognitive Sensory appointment (aromatherapy)

Using essential oils as agents for healing mind body, or soul requires time and participation from us both. This is a verbal appointment that begins with a consultation ranging from 45 minutes to an hour. During our shared time, we will explore what you are pursuing to heal and collect a relevant medical history. Following the consultation, we will explore botanicals and essential oils to create your aromatherapy blend.  Each plant and ingredient is selected and based on the information we discuss in your consultation. Your unique formulation is hand blended for you to use aromatically (inhalation) or topically.

 

Additional products and/or recommendations may be provided during your consultation. For digital appointments only, your aromatic formulas will be provided within a week of the appointment. In person appointments are hands on and participatory in creating the blend. 

 

Retrain your brain to recover sense of smell  (cognitive sensory appointment)

 

This appointment focuses on retraining your brain using scent (essential oils, herbs and more) to recover and/or increase sense of smell. The area of the brain impacted by coronavirus is found around the amygdala. There are article links below. This area of the brain is where smell is interpreted. My background as a disability resource counselor taught me about the resiliency of our body and brain. When someone recovers their sense of hearing, like in the case of cochlear implants the brain has to learn what sound is, and this includes repeat  sensory exposure as well as time for your brain learn. Recovering our sense of smell may also require re-teaching our brain what odor/scent is. In the appointment we will use different aromas and practice retraining the brain by stimulating the olfactory nerve and cognitively linking memory to the process. This may include multiple appointments. These appointments are being offered at a discounted rate at this time (spring 2022). 

articlelink:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879729610001237#:~:text=The%20olfactory%20contingent%20of%20the,12%5D%2C%20%5B13  %5D

article link: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60591487

article link: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Olfactory_Nerve 

* Please note I am not a doctor, I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure disease or illness. 

 

End of Life

Cognitive Sensory Services

No less significant than preparing for our own death is helping others to die well.

The Dalai Lama

When I think about the practice of aromatherapy with people entering the last steps of their physical journey, I lean towards offering aromatic support which may ease the physical and energetic body as it winds down. Our sense of smell links us to the past. Our olfactory nerve ends in our brain. It is the only sense that is in direct contact with the amygdala, which is the seat of emotion and memory. Using aroma, we can subtly influence the brain to relax the body, calm the nervous system allowing the physical, emotional and energetic experience of death to unfold.  

End of Life Aromatherapy

 

A 1 oz bespoke blend of oil will be formulated specific to providing comfort and dignity for the person dying. Sometimes the process of dying can be discomforting and aromas and scent can provide emotional and physical comfort because our olfactory nerve ends in the part of the brain that also regulates memory and emotion. Sometimes an oil blend is created to celebrate and uplift the person who is departing from this world. Whatever the need, using scent to positively influence how a person feels at the end of life can be a gift. 

Blending for Grief 

This appointment will be used to identify the emotions one experiences following significant loss. Education and information will be shared about essential oils that can provide comfort and support for someone grieving. Based on the consult, together we will develop a unique essential oil blend for you to use aromatically (inhalation) or topically. Sliding fee scale or trade, please inquire.

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For a touching story on the loss of a pet (or loved one) check out Avery Finn says goodbye. It can be found on the "About" section under the written word.

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Aromatherapy

Plants have been used since ancient times for their aroma and natural healing abilities. The practice of aromatherapy uses natural plant extracts, such as essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, to promote healing for the physical and the emotional body. Aromatherapy can be used topically or through inhalation. 

Plant extracts can be used to enhance a meditation practice, ease anxiety or provide comfort during a time of loss.

Knowing how to safely use essential oils with regard to dilution and application is imperative, and comes not from a background with an essential oil company but through certification and academic study. I have a level one certification in Aromatherapy. 

"Aromatherapy is described as both an art and a science because it takes the knowledge of the scientific aspects of the plants and oils and combines it with the art of producing a beneficial or healing blend. Basically, a successful aromatherapy blend is a synergy of science, art, and the practitioner’s knowledge of both, and how to apply it. Aromatherapy can be used topically and via inhalation."
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy Extras

Hand blended bath salts

Epsom salt with added flowers, herbs and essential oils to calm skin and treat the psyche as well as the physical body. Relax and let the botanicals work for you.

Flower essence

Flower essences are captured using water, sunlight and plant material. The flower leaves a vibrational impression on the water, which is then bottled in brandy.

Rose quartz mixed with rose petals

Flower petals, herbs, and even crystals are used in formulating the right aromatherapy blend.

Safflower oil infused with hemp seed, rose petals, helichrysum and carnation.

Safflower oil infused with hemp seed, rose petals, helichrysum and carnation. This blend was developed for pms and cramps associated with the menstrual cycle.

Lavender in a bottle

Herbs like lavender can be added to liquid infusions.

Rose hydrosol with Quartz

Hydrosols are made by distilling plant materials (or flowers) in water. They can be used as a facial toner, on fabric, in cooking!

* Please note I am not a doctor, I do not claim to diagnose treat or cure any diseases. I am not a licensed counselor and aromatherapy is not a replacement for counseling.