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.
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