From aromatherapist,teacher and author Gabriel Mojay, Principal of the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy. . (Most you know I think his Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit is the best guide to the emotional uses of the oils I have ever read.) He was kind enough to let us share this on our blog:
"I'm not sure I would call this business over 'British vs. French
Aromatherapy' a 'myth' as such —
more of a ploy by MLM distributors to
distract people from the fact that they are overwhelmingly unqualified
to recommend or administer the intensive/internal methodologies commonly
associated with the 'French' approach they lay claim to.
concern is that they aren't even equipped with adequate knowledge to
safely direct people to use essential oils via dermal methods of
application, which they simplistically brand as 'British' — let alone
via the oral route. Their invention and promotion of potentially
skin-sensitizing applications such as 'raindrop' and 'aromaflex' makes
this glaringly obvious.
In a nutshell: the so-called 'French' and 'British' labels are being used to mislead and mystify.
use of these labels misleads by giving the impression that they
represent contrasting therapeutic systems, as for example between
orthodox and natural medicine — whereas they are no more than
simplistic, somewhat nationalistic, ways of distinguishing between
different sets of methodologies... methodologies that, properly
understood, belong to a single, integrated therapeutic discipline: Aromatherapy.
use of the 'French' and 'British' labels mystifies by obscuring the
crucial difference between the methodologies they represent — which is the training required to safely administer them ...rather than the countries some continue to associate them with.
can prescribe pharmaceutical drugs because they have completed the
necessary training to correctly and safely do so — not on the basis of
merely asserting the proposed benefits of those drugs. Simply hailing
the superiority of the so-called 'French' style of Aromatherapy does not
give a person the moral right to administer internal/intensive
methodologies without even basic training.
Look at the
training and examinations physicians are required to undergo to
prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. Given their pharmacological potency, why
should essential oils be treated so fundamentally differently? It
doesn't make sense.
Exponents of such sales tactics make bizarre statements to justify their contempt for proper, accredited education, such as at younglivinglegacy.com/british-vs-french-aromatherapy.html...
"The British are more interested in 'aroma' than they are in 'therapy'"
— an affront to all those Aromatherapists who work tirelessly, and
often voluntarily, in palliative and cancer care, in particular.
same author claims that "The French school emphasizes that aromatherapy
is safe and can be practiced, with common sense, by anyone whether
trained in the healing arts or not." Why then is it illegal in France
for anyone other than a physician or registered pharmacist to
therapeutically administer essential oils? His argument doesn't add up.
About one thing, however, he is correct: “The British school [though I prefer myself to call it the international Ethical school]
emphasizes that essential oils have their hazards and is best practiced
by trained, certified professionals." ...Yes, sir — and you will find
that the same conviction is part of the bedrock of every other branch of
orthodox and natural medicine.
The very last sentence of the web page where this article appears is the most telling of all: "Please
seek the advice of a licensed health care provider for any condition
that may require medical or psychological attention."
With warm wishes from your devoted colleague,
Thank you Gabriel! This has been posted on Facebook, but it's hard to permanently link to Facebook posts. I'm hoping that by his sharing it here, we can use the link whenever the "French method" is brought up as justification for unwise and untrained uses of the oils we love.