• Christina Ehrlich

Aroma Freedom Technique


Most of us have felt stuck at some point in our lives. If you’ve ever wanted to break free from past conditioning or shift your mindset so you can take the action that will make your dreams a reality, you’re going to be super excited by what I’m going to share with you today! And of course, it involves one of my favorite things — essential oils.


The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) is a totally unique way to use essential oils and aromatherapy. It’s safe to use for anyone who wants more emotional freedom in their life, even kids! Since the technique utilizes only all-natural Young Living essential oils and guided imagery, it’s safe for all of us!

In the late 1990’s while working in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dr. Benjamin Perkus hit upon a connection between scent and emotion. In developing Aroma Freedom Technique, he has combined 20 years of practical experience as a licensed Clinical Psychologist with 15 years’ experience in essential oils to change negative personal experience into positive reactions.

AFT can help with a multitude of issues that wreck our self-confidence and make life hard:


  • Negative Self-Talk

  • Emotional Triggers

  • Distressing Memories

  • Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

  • Fear

  • Self-Doubt

  • Bad Habits

  • Cravings

  • Limiting Beliefs


What Does AFT Do?

Aroma Freedom Therapy helps you to profoundly connect with what you truly desire in your life and clear any resistance you have to taking action on fulfilling your life ambitions. It’s simple and safe. You can even do it yourself! That’s one of the biggest differences from other release techniques—you usually must find a practitioner in your local area who you feel comfortable with. Then you pay them, usually a hefty fee, to help you release the negative mindset that is holding you back. You may need to see them repeatedly over an extended period of time.


There are 12 steps in the self-directed AFT process. This program was developed with Young Living Oils, so the oils referred to are ones from their lines. The oils used to break free from the cycle are Lavender, Frankincense, and Stress Away. These are pure, therapeutic oils, available for purchase through Young Living.


1. Out loud, state your goal.

2. Why can’t this goal be reached? 3. Identify the single emotion behind this thought. What do you feel? Anger? Sadness? Fear? Shame? What’s the one prevailing emotion associated with this negative spiral? 4. Where do you feel it? 5. Close your eyes and let yourself find a time when you felt the same way. 6. Focus on the memory; feel the part of the body where the feeling resides. Retrieve the image or movie and the thought in step 2—the one that explained why your goal was out of reach. Bring up all the feelings and memories you’ve created in the previous steps and inhale the scent of the oils. 7. You’re going to feel an emotion, probably several. That’s okay. Let it happen, let the emotions play themselves out and keep breathing the oils as they do. Don’t fight them! 8. You’ve begun to by-pass the cycle. Did you have changes to the visuals? Did you get any new insights you hadn’t had before? 9. Restate your goal out loud again. Now, how possible is it to achieve? 10. Now that you’ve jotted down some new thoughts, expound on those. Work them into an affirmation. Reinforce the positive beliefs. 11. Repeat your affirmations twice each day for three days. Give the affirmations time to sink in and take hold. Say them for two or three minutes each time, continue until you feel them taking hold. You’re resolving the cycle of negativity.

12. Make a plan. You’re breaking through the cycle, now it’s time to take action. Put the new affirmation to work, put the new you to work. Do something that will get you closer to your goal. You don’t have to reach it all at once, just move forward.

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