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Essential Oils for Trauma and Abuse


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APRIL 10, 2014

Presenter: Katharine Koeppen, RA, LMT, NCTMB

Survivors of trauma and abuse are a very singular population, and it is possible to facilitate profound healing in these individuals via careful application of aromatherapy. A holistic approach, in addition to conventional talk therapy and counseling, is often required to assist people in processing deeply imbedded cellular memories created as a result of traumatic incident. Due to their rapid interaction with the limbic brain, essential oils can provide an ideal conduit for interacting with the confused emotions and bruised spirit of the abuse survivor.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of traumatic experience and how it is processed in the brain, as well as the type of training and special considerations necessary for working with abuse survivors. Many essential oils can be employed in facilitating trauma recovery, but a few oils are known to be particularly helpful for specific types of abuse. Using examples from her private practice, Katharine will outline psychospiritual profiles of these essential oils and their unique applications in trauma recovery.


Katharine Koeppen, RA, LMT, NCTMB

Katharine is a seasoned clinician, author and educator with 20 years in aromatic practice. She has extensive experience with fragile populations in the areas of emotional health, hospice and cancer support, incorporating essential oil therapies to heal the mind and spirit. Katharine has spoken on the subject of psychospiritual aromatherapy and somato-emotional integration at professional conferences, and her original work has been published by aromatherapy organizations, magazines and peer-reviewed journals. She is the founder of Aromaceuticals, an essential oil company, and maintains a private practice in Dallas, Texas, where she is currently serving as consultant to hospice facilities

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