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Kate Deriso
As a Bowen Therapist, I work with a lot of people who are in pain.  This includes musculoskeletal injuries as well as migraines, headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease.  I started to incorporate essential oils into my practice in order to enhance people’s healing process.  I studied on my own and had a decent working knowledge of what essential oils to use for certain desired outcomes.  About three years ago, I used essential oils on a client, who had Lyme disease, during her Bowen session.  We previously had just done a straight Bowen session with no oils and her results were minimal.  Well, she phoned me a week after her session to report that she had never been without pain this long before in all her time living with Lyme.  She said, “Kate, I think you are really on to something here”.  After that, I immediately signed up for my Aromatherapy Certification training with the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.  I figured that if I am “on to something”, I had better get some more solid education on essential oils so I really know what I am doing.  

As I was going through my training, I was horrified when I kept hearing story after story of people being told that it is perfectly safe to use essential oils indiscriminately.  For example, a few drops of an oil on your tongue or in your drinking water; using essential oils for pregnant and/or lactating women, children and infants; essential oils in eyes, ears, and nose; undiluted on skin.  This is remarkably irresponsible.  And by the way, it has nothing to do with any particular brand.  It has to do with chemistry and biology.