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Best Practice in Aromatherapy

In an age where we are overloaded with information, it can be difficult to decipher the noise and listen to good advice. If there’s one piece of advice I’d love people to hear is ‘listen to practitioners who demonstrate best practice’.

What do I mean by best practice? As we know, everything changes. It is true for all things, even science.

New discoveries are made.

New technologies are developed.

New evidence is presented.

Science helps to improve and knowledge and understanding of the world. A practitioner who follows best practice principles evolves over time, showing you new practices, new evidence, new information. And the information isn’t just anecdotal evidence. Whilst anecdotal evidence is nice, you need robust scientific evidence as well. You need evidence from multiple sources, at varying levels to help round it out. Expert opinion, case studies, cohort studies and systematic reviews are all forms of evidence that a best practice practitioner values, and learn from. A best practice practitioner also continues to learn. They learn from a variety of people, and those at the top of the field. As an at home user, you don’t need to have this level of knowledge, you need to trust your qualified practitioner, asking them the right questions. In the words of Maya Angelou “when we know better, we do better”, and that is what is at the core of a best practice practitioner.

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