WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Upon your completing the aromatherapy intake form online, I painstakingly review your history and present concerns to prepare for our 60 minute intake session. I will read your words closely to get the best picture of you as an individual. We’re all experiencing life through different eyes, even those weaved within the fabric of the same family. The more expressive and forthcoming you can be on the intake form, the deeper reaching you’ll find our consultation time to be.
Initial Consultations are 75 minutes in length. I practice from my home in Warrenton, Virginia. For elderly clients I will travel to you within 20 miles. (Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, until further notice I am not able to offer in-person visits.) These sessions take place either in person, by video call via Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts, etc., or telephone – depending on your comfort level with technology. I prefer to see client facial expressions during a consultation, especially when we cannot meet in person, but not everyone has access to strong internet connection allowing for video communication.
Each in person initial consultation also includes:
- Hot cup of fresh herbal tea: I always serve hot filtered water and a fresh seasonal herbal tea.
- Customized aromatic plan given to you either at the end of, or a few days after the consultation. I do prefer that the oils sit together for a few days.
- 10 minute aromatic experience: your unique blend of oils is diffused as you enjoy a warm foot bath in a foot tub while you are sitting in a candle-lit room.
Until the time of your Follow Up Consultation I am just an email away to answer any questions you may have. Follow Ups are included in the package and are very important to me. They occur at least 2-3 weeks after your regular home practice of the regime provided and are done via telephone or video, lasting an average of 30-40 minutes.
Above all, the session focuses on empowering you. We’ll discuss your goals and concerns in depth and discover which essential oils may be chosen to create your own unique blend. Expect to be a key player in the process, as the originating reason you connected with me is likely based on some desire for self-care and deeper self-healing. Healing comes first from within, and the individual plays the most important role in their own healing. Reaching out to me is merely a catalyst to get you on the path. Asking for help is always the first step to get you on your way!
Investment $125. However, no one is turned away for financial reasons.
When you need a little more…
Additional Consultations for returning clients are always available by request and are offered at a reduced rate. Occasionally, I find it necessary to strongly suggest additional consultations with clients I feel need more observation. Usually these are conducted a month following our Follow Up consult via video or telephone. I ask that you resubmit an intake form annually, to be certain we stay as current as possible (always alerting me of any changes medical history and prescriptions you are taking).
Investment $50. Again, no one is turned away for financial reasons.
Acute Consultations are an option for returning clients or those who need help with a pressing issue. Pricing varies.
Aromatherapy Workshop (60 to 90 minutes) Have Jennifer lead a workshop where you and a small group (4-6 attendees) will have an overview of aromatherapy, create a blend that attendees will take home. You’re welcome to request group specific topics to be agreed-upon beforehand. These events are great for yoga studios (Jennifer received her Yoga Instructor certification in Copenhagen), mom group events, after work bonding for coworkers, healthcare professionals, spa clients, athletic club members, and for natural markets wishing to deepen customer understanding.
“Breathing is one of the most important ways for the body to eliminate waste products. Only 3 percent of the body’s total waste products are eliminated through the feces, 7 percent through the urine and 20 percent through the skin. The remaining 70 percent of the body’s waste products are eliminated through exhalation.” – Gunnel MinettTweet
Slow down and take a deep breath and disappear into this enchanting vision of lavender with me.
Slow down and take a deep breath as you disappear into this enchanting vision of lavender with me. Imagine you’re having a dreamy walk through the intoxicating lavender fields on the Valensole plateau of Provence in France. I can tell you first hand that the fragrance of the little purple blooms and the buzzing of the bees permeates the soul.
I was so lucky to get to experience the romantic feeling of walking through this spell-casting aroma the summer I began my aromatherapy certification. The sight and smell of lavender will forever transport me back to that summer evening my family and I visited these hypnotising fields and watched dreamily as the sleepy summer sun dipped into the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence along the canvas of a pink and yes, lavender sky.
While lavender has always been one of my favorite fragrances, I’ll be honest, it stands as a second to the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. Oh! Doesn’t the thought of that take you away? Smells, pleasant or not, can conjure up memories and feelings in us. The scent of a fresh cut pine tree makes me hear joyful carols in my mind, a new baby smell makes our hearts melt, and the smell of the ocean sets my mind free.
Smells can remind us of people, places, and even times gone-by. Do you have scents that you associate with loved ones? In my memory, my maternal grandmother’s house always smelled like fresh cut cantaloupe.
What is the history of Aromatherapy?
This is not a new age idea! Though essential oils are a relatively new scientific process, it wasn’t until the 18th century, that apothecaries had their own stills to actually produce essential oils, Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. Living in the fertile crescent, it’s said that Cleopatra was famous for her seductively aromatic baths and that cinnamon was used in ancient Roman temples and in the baths of their most wealthy. Aromatics were burned in the streets during the bubonic plague of the Middle Age. In more recent history, essential oils were used during World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic. The term aromatherapie was first coined in 1937 in romantic Provence, France (home of the luscious lavender fields) by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse.
Why did you decide to become a certified Aromatherapist?
It won’t take much time around me to gather that I am passionate about the healing properties found on God’s Green Earth- or in the Garden of Gaia, as I like to call it. Though I have been using essential oils specifically in my family and been cornered by friends for help for over 15 years, it wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to become certified as an Aromatherapist.
Instilled in me by my grandmother, who grew up a farm girl in-the-middle-of-nowhere Mississippi, I have a lifelong passion for learning about and growing plants. My paternal ancestors were Cherokee, and for some reason, when I work with the healing power of plants it feels like I’m coming home. My husband calls me evangelical at time, but I just get so excited and I want to share what I’ve learned with everyone. I want to help open hearts to the magic I’ve found in plants.
Is there anything I should know before using essential oils?
For many, essential oils are the gateway to holistic health. They are certainly the most accessible. Most people come to holistic methods of healing after trying everything else first. Nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism are examples of how the natural world exists for our wellbeing. God made us stewards of the earth, her plants and animals, and gave us the ability to respectfully – or not- use them to our benefit.
While most doctors grasp that plants are healing in some way, at this time in medical history, most forms of alternative medicine are considered questionable. It’s just a lack of education for conventional doctors. They simply are not taught this stuff in medical school. The old wisdom and much of what kept us alive for the existence of human life was from plant medicine. Heck, most of our pharmaceuticals are synthetically modeled after the healing properties in the plant kingdom. As time has gone on, they’ve found so much cheaper and easier to create and control a substance in a lab, than it is to grow, gather, and process something naturally for healing the masses.
Unfortunately, the commercialization of this healing therapy has tarnished aromatherapie’s (doesn’t everything sound better en Français?) bon nom. There is a great deal of misinformation littering Pinterest and blogs down the winding and crowded streets of our internet world.
Aside from miseducated and unsafe application of essential oils promoted online, unsustainable overproduction of is one of the most concerning aspects of the essential oil industry’s fast growing and fad-like popularity. Sadly, most companies do not practice sustainably. To offer you some perspective, a 5 ml bottle of Rose essential oil requires 22 pounds of Rose petals (source YoungLiving). Twenty-two pounds! I’m sure you’re held a sumptuously velvet Rose petal in your hand at some point in your life, so that should give you an idea just how many roses it takes to make a teeny bottle of the luxourous oil.
That brings me to another concern. Consumers are most often drawn to purchase the cheapest option on the shelf. Now that you realize how many rose petals it takes to fill a 5ml bottle, you can see why the oils are expensive. Quantity over quality can be especially dangerous in the realm of essential oils. Finding pure essential oils should be the most pressing concern for any home. A general rule-of-thumb; if you can buy them for $5.99 at HomeGoods, then I suggest you leave them right there on the shelf and walk away.
Though perhaps not the loudest voices on the market, essential oil brands that work sustainably to create high quality products do exist. As an example, at this time, I stand by Dōterra oils, Oshadi, Starwest Botanicals organics and generally any that you’d find at a small local natural market. If you have any questions about finding quality oils, please contact me for guidance.