Instructor Spotlight: Carly Woodhouse's Expert Tips for Enhancing Your Practice with Essential Oil

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Carly Woodhouse, an instructor at ASR in Alberta, says she believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of mindfulness and in holistic healing.

Carly Woodhouse, ASR Instructor

In the field of holistic health therapy, Carly Woodhouse is multi-talented.

She's a trained reflexology therapist, massage therapist, and certified aromatherapist. She's also currently receiving training to be a meditation teacher. "I am also a huge science nerd and animal lover," she says. "My toddler keeps me on my toes and I wouldn’t have it any other way."

Carly's interest was piqued in essential oils because she wanted to have more toxin-free environment in her home. She also wanted to achieve optimal wellness.

"I suffered from various health issues due to chemical and toxin overload on my system, " she says, "from everyday commercial products, like the ones from big box stores." She says she found that using essential oils to be a great addition to her reflexology routine because it enhanced the treatments - as long as there were no known allergens or sensitivities for the clients.

A Few of Her Favourite Oils... In a world of dozens and dozens of essential oils - all with their own unique benefits and uses, Carly's favourite go-to oils are oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, peppermint, and cypress.

For her, these are all great basics to start with when beginning to use essentials oils in a holistic healing practice.

But...for her top pick?

"Lavender essential oil is the Swiss Army Knife of all the plant oils," she says.

Carly says lavender oil can be useful when looking for ways to relieve joint or muscle pain that is associated with sprains, other strains, and even rheumatoid arthritis.

When inhaled, she says this powerful oil can also have many amazing benefits: it can act as a nervine (calming the nerves), a calmative (promoting relaxation), a carminative (relieving gas) and an antispasmodic (relieving spasms). It can also reduce the symptoms of a cold and a cough, ease digestive discomfort and soothe headaches. Tip -Top Tips

Carly recommends, when starting to use essential oils, to do some research first. Through her own trial and error she went with a company because of their product transparency and the fact that they own their own farms.

"You need to know where and what you're buying," she says, adding that marketing labels might say 100% pure when they're not. (There are no marketing laws for that.) She says this means synthetic fillers can be included in some companies, selling larger bottles for cheaper.

Her best advice for finding a quality oil? "If you’re reading a label that says don’t put on skin, and only use on the skin when diluted, that screams unnatural," she says. Carly recommends another way to identify quality oils is by looking at the number of drops recommended for the oil to be diffused: "If the bottle says to use 15-30 drops - remember that a high quality oil will only require about 3-5 drops to be diffused."

This article is not meant to replace medical advice. Consult with your health practitioner on what is right for you.

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