Integrating Essential Oils Into Your Health Coaching Practice

by Terry Pilch

As a Certified Health Counselor, I appreciate it when I discover tools that help my clients improve their health and find natural solutions that bring a sense of peace and wellbeing. I have recently discovered the world of essential oils. Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, including the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit.

In America, essential oils and their healing properties are not well known; as a matter of fact, most people are in a state of ignorance concerning these amazing plant oils. I was completely ignorant of their healing properties until very recently.  I understood the power of herbs, but not the fact that the essential oil of the plant is 50-70 times more powerful then the whole plant. Essential Oils also have a positive affect on our mind and emotions.

As you begin to take a more informed interest in your health, you will discover that many essential plant oils are powerful enough to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi.  They will also quickly stop a headache, calm hyperactivity and stress, diminish depression, and stop you from catching a cold or the flu.

Plant Essential Oils can be administered in three ways, aromatically, topically and internally. A brief description of the three methods follows.

Aromatic use is ideal for helping with emotional issues. The nerves in your nose that allow you to smell send signals directly to the brain’s emotional center. Inhalation of the essential oils can be a powerful way to affect memory, hormones, and emotions.  An example of aromatic essential oil use would be to put a drop of lemon essential oil on the palms of your hand, rub the hands together, then cup your hands over your nose. This creates a very relaxing effect in the body.

Diffusing essential oils is another example of aromatic use, and is also very worthwhile.  Diffused essential oils have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals, and to help create greater physical and emotional harmony in the body. The oils only need to be diffuse 15 minutes out of the hour.

Topical application is the process of placing an essential oil on the skin, hair, or nails of the body. The essential oils are carried in the blood stream throughout the body within seconds. Benefits of this application method include soothing inflammation, alleviating pain and reducing soreness when applied directly to the irritated area.

Another form of topically application is using essential oils in the bath. A wonderful detoxing bath includes 1 cup of epsom salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 6 drops of the essential oil of your choice, such as Lavender.

Essential Oils can also be taken internally. Only certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for internal consumption. One of the most common ways to take essential oils internally is by placing 1-6 drops of the oils inside an empty capsule, closing the capsule, and then swallowing it. These oils can also be consumed in a glass of water.

Essential oils are very healing, however, true healing takes time.  A body, which has been ravaged for years by alcohol, tobacco, processed food, junk food, anxiety, and overwork, will not be capable of responding overnight to any kind of natural solution. Nutrition in the form of high nutrient dense foods, along with exercise, supplementation, and the application of essential oils, results in a body with optimal energy and vibrancy.

Of course, if you are seriously ill, have deep seated or long-term health issues, please seek professional advice of your physician.

Meet the Author

Terry Pilch is a Certified Health Counselor who graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Terry also has a degree in Business Administration from Western New England University. Terry’s passion is to help her clients learn to heal their own bodies through nutrition and natural solutions. Terry is a member of the American Academy of Drug Free Practitioners, and can be contacted at

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