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Popularity of essential oils growing

When Lee Fisher opened the Casaroma Wellness Centre at Dartmouth Ferry Terminal almost 20 years ago, most people didn’t even know what the word aromatherapy meant.

Today, thanks in large part to social media and the Internet, it’s a household term that can mean many things to many people — from a nice scent in their cleaning products to essential oils meant for alternative medicinal use.

However, Fisher has some concerns about how aromatherapy is being used by the general public and what kinds of products are out there for purchase.

“I think we are at a crossroads,” says Fisher. “As the modality becomes more popular, then big business tries to jump in on that, and the training goes down.”

While grateful that social media has provided an overall awareness, she says safety needs to be promoted.

Fisher says that over the decades that she has worked as a professional aromatherapist and trainer, she has seen people hurt themselves and family members by improperly using essential oils.