Aromatherapy: can you smell the roses? I did

Margo Goodman poses with one of her paintings in the aromatherapy room at Energy Matters. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

Aromatherapy… does it really work? Or is it just New Age quackery? A lot of people would doubtless tend towards the latter statement, but I’m no longer one of them.

After my recent heart attack and stroke I was offered an aromatherapy session by Margo Goodman at Energy Matters on First Street West. I didn’t know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised.

Lying down on a massage bed , half covered with a sheet I was carefully massaged with a mixture of essential oils that soothed not only my body, stressed by a two-week stay in hospital and two angioplasties — not to mention the stroke and heart attack that sent me there, but my mind and spirit, as well.

It was a comforting, almost spiritual, experience that is difficult to put into words. Perhaps it was just my own reaction to those recent traumas, but as Margo massaged me with her mixture of plant oils I felt as though a slow, irresistible wave of inner peace and positive energy was flowing over and through me. It was an amazing experience.

Margo explained that aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils for the enhancement of body, mind and spirit. The essential oils she used were concentrated substances with very complex chemical structures that are extracted from highly aromatic plant materials that have traditionally been used to heal human bodies.

At age 57 I’m used to thinking and joking that, physically speaking, it’s all downhill from here. But this experience taught me that it need not be so. There are other things we can do to enhance our health and heal both our bodies and our souls.

If you’re thinking of trying an aromatherapy session call Margo Goodman at Energy Matters at 250-837-4244.