Herbal oils act as holistic remedies

Chris Hardy is the president and owner of Aroma Sensations. The La Verne-based company sells a variety of aroma therapy oils, which targets specific conditions such as insomnia, allergies, stress and anxiety. Hardy started the business in 2002 after originally learning about essential oils in Canada. She attends trade shows throughout the year to promote her products. / photo by Sara Flores
Chris Hardy is the president and owner of Aroma Sensations. The La Verne-based company sells a variety of aroma therapy oils, which targets specific conditions such as insomnia, allergies, stress and anxiety. Hardy started the business in 2002 after originally learning about essential oils in Canada. She attends trade shows throughout the year to promote her products. / photo by Sara Flores

Jennifer Jackson
Assistant Editor

Katie Madden, ULV alumna, suffered from chronic migraines and for years took medication to help the pain. Recently she tried something different, she dabbed peppermint oil on her temple, forehead and the back of her neck, an instant cooling helped to immediately alleviate stress and tension.

The essential oil helped relax her head and after laying down for five minutes, her migraine disappeared.

Essential oils are used to promote healing, balance and emotional well-being. They are all-natural and made from plants.

They are applied directly to the skin, inhaled and occasionally ingested.

“I like to use them as a supplement so I don’t have to rely on prescription medication,” Madden said.

They can also be ingested by adding them to food or drink, Madden added.

“Whenever I get sinus headaches or pressure in my sinuses, I like to mix lavender with lemon and inhale it because it helps clear everything up,” Madden said.

Aroma Sensations is a La Verne based company that offers aroma therapy oil products and herbal pain relief sprays. The company opened in 2002 and is the largest U.S. distributor for aroma therapy inhalation oils.

“You are getting the benefits of the essential oils just by inhalation, you’re not putting it on your body, burning it or ingesting it,” said Chris Hardy, president of Aroma Sensations Inc. “The sponge in the jar is the diffuser so it allows the aroma therapy to come out about 150 square feet so everyone in the room is able to benefit.”

Hardy said it is possible to use up to three essential oils in a room at once.

Each oil has different properties that help different symptoms. For example, rosemary is predominantly used for migraines and ylang is used for stress, nervous tension and concentration.

“If you sleep with them open at night, it usually prevents or greatly reduces symptoms,” Hardy said.

They last one to two years, but not all oils evaporate at the same rate. They are safe for pets to inhale and are recommended for age 1 and up.

The muscle mist is herbal and can last up to seven hours, or longer if used as a preventative.

It can be sprayed up to three to four times daily for temporary relief and is used to treat muscle aches and pains associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle cramps, lupus and scoliosis.

“I have been using muscle mist for more than 10 years since I tried it at a show in Oahu,” Naomi Isa, who uses essential oils, said. “I am new to using aroma therapy oils, but I tried lavender and it helps me sleep.”

Having a jar open in her room has been able to help her and her family.

“My son gets panic attacks about five times a day,” Isa said. “He has tried medication and holistic practices, and with the lavender he is able to calm and sleep. It has been the only thing that has been able to help him.”

Jennifer Jackson can be reached at jennifer.jackson2@laverne.edu.

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