essential oils

Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They give plants their unique smells, and can play a role in pollination, and have been used by humans for centuries for health care, food preparation, and beauty treatments. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species.



  • MENTAL: Benefits range from increased concentration, to improved memory, to treatment of issues like anxiety and confusion 

  • PHYSICAL: Benefits range from promotion of weight loss, to treatment of issues like migraines, inflammation, the common cold, and muscle pains

  • EMOTIONAL: Benefits range from calming and soothing effects, to increased confidence, to increased cheerfulness, to treatment of issues like insecurity, anger, and depression.


I worked for a short while as a doTERRA essential oils Wellness Advocate, before deciding that their multi-level marketing structure is just not my thing (regardless of however enthusiastic I may be about the oils themselves!). Though I no longer work with doTERRA, I still own a supply of their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils that I sell from, and I still offer essential oils consultations. I continue to promote essential oils because they enabled me to reclaim my life.)

Essential oils can be used as stand-alone healing agents. There are more than 3,000 volatile aromatic compounds known to humans. 

The volatile aromatic compounds that comprise essential oils are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid states, to gas at room temperature.

The physical and chemical properties of their volatile aromatic compounds allow essential oils to move quickly through the air, and so quickly hit the olfactory sensors in the nose once a bottle is opened. 

These properties make essential oils especially ideal for aromatherapy. 

It also so happens that aromatherapy blends beautifully with Reiki healings. To list just a few examples of oils that are commonly used in this way:


Lavender, with its sedative properties, can magnify an already deeply relaxing healing.

Sandalwood offers its own calming and harmonizing effects, enabling it to relieve tensions, anxieties, fears, or stresses carried out from the office after a long day of work.

Ylang Ylang is particularly useful for slowing rapid breathing and rapid heart rates. 

A Flavored Reiki session at Laera's Lair combines the benefits of aromatherapy with a Basic Reiki session. A client can breathe in an oil catered to their personal health needs (or can choose from the selection at hand, based simply on what scent appeals to them most) for the entirety of their session.