The Purpose & Power of Layering EOs

It has been a VERY busy four weeks for me since I sent out my last Essential Thought…teaching Level 2, visiting my kids in California. I have been having MANY essential thoughts…I just haven’t had the time to write them up and send them out! However, I awoke the other morning with the subject of layering very clear in my mind, so I am going to talk briefly about why we layer a number of single oils (instead of using a pre-mixed blend of the same oils for that purpose) and the very beautiful affirmation I received several years ago that this approach is reflective of Nature, herself.

From the very beginning, when Barry Kapp and I created Wisdom of the Earth essential oils, he steadfastly maintained that we were to only offer single, pure essences…and that we would layer them, neat, on the area of concern, for the greatest therapeutic power. That was his guidance from the plants and trees. At that time (late 1990s), I was fresh from the corporate world, and was making a plea for blends “because people don’t want to learn” the various oils that treat all of the different, common problems. I didn’t want to alienate any potential customers!

It was a productive discussion, as it crystalized, for us, that one of our main values for Wisdom of the Earth was EDUCATION. We would just do what it took to educate people as to which essences should be used for various situations. Thus our extensive lable information, our comprehensive reference guide, our participation in wholistic health fairs, our certification courses, our newsletters, our radio shows and speaking engagements…and our decision to not compromise our belief that single, pure essences used together at the time of need are more powerful than pre-mixed blends.

In an aromatherapy world filled with blends, we have had to do a lot of explaining about our philosophy, and it has been challenged by others, as well. So, imaging my delight when, one day, I had the experience of an “ah ha moment” that confirmed, for me, the wisdom of our ways.

I was participating in a guided group meditation, and the gentleman leading it asked us to envision a rainbow (today, I don’t remember why he was asking us to do so…I just remember the revelation I had!); he then said “a rainbow is a blend of colors”. As I took that guidance in, my mind was screaming “No it is not! If it were a blend of colors, it would look like mud! It is a LAYERING of colors!” And then, it hit me. A layering of colors. Mother Nature was providing the perfect symbol for our approach of layering the oils…each color presented as its pristine, beautiful, individual self, but when taken together, a rainbow is a breathtaking image of individuality working within unity to acheive a greater outcome.

So…this is it in a nutshell. We believe that the greatest healing power is achieved by using single, pure, medicinal-grade oils neat (undiluted) on the skin, layering the ones we need, at the time of need, on the area of concern. And, I think Mother Nature approves!

Warm regards,
Audre Gutierrez
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy & Partner, Wisdom of the Earth

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