Ashlie Smith

Sycamore Grange
Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire
United Kingdom
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Aroma Freedom Technique

The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) is a step-by-step process for identifying and releasing negative thoughts, feelings and memories that interfere with reaching our goals and dreams. AFT is meant to be used as a way to set a person’s emotional energy flowing in a positive direction, towards growth and expansion rather than contracting in fear, doubt and paralysis. It uses Young Living Essential Oils to trigger a permanent shift in how we view ourselves and the world.

The AFT was created by Dr. Benjamin Perkus. He is a Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience and he also has used essential oils for many years.

  • Clinical Psychologist in practice since 1995
  • Essential Oil User and Teacher since 2001
  • Trained in multiple traditional and alternative approaches
  • Internationally recognised teacher and trainer
  • Author of the book: "The Aroma Freedom Technique: Using Essential Oils to Transform Your Emotions and Realise Your Heart’s Desire”
  • Creator of The Aroma Freedom Academy

After studying many of the traditional as well as alternative methods of change, he integrated all of his findings into the simple, 12 step process. The process was so effective that he left his successful practice because he found that he could help more people by training them how to use AFT on themselves and others to clear out negative thoughts, feelings, and memories. You can read more about the process in his book called The Aroma Freedom Technique (available online at Aroma Freedom Academy.

The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) empowers people how to become free from negative thoughts, feelings, and memories using a proven and simple, Step-by-Step Process that is:

EASY AND GENTLE Feel energised and confident afterwards

USE ON YOURSELF OR OTHERS Take control of your emotions


USES YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS The purest and most effective oils

PROVEN EFFECTIVE Adopted by thousands of people worldwide

Ready To Break Free

The purpose of AFT is to help you get from where you are to where you want to go. Some of us may feel like we are doing well in certain areas of life but are not where we want to be in other areas. For instance, you might have a career that is going well but your marriage is not fulfilling. Or, you might feel a deep connection to your divine source, but you never take time for yourself to have fun. Whatever area you are feeling blocked in, AFT will help you release what is holding you back.

Negative Thoughts Hamper Our Ability To Pursue Our Dreams

When we are worried about the future, or remembering painful experiences, or not sure what to do to reach our dreams, then we are unable to enjoy life or to accomplish things. The problem lies in where our mind is taking us and our emotions follow.

Public Speaking

Let’s imagine the woman on the left is getting ready to give a presentation and she is standing up there sweating bullets. Why is she so nervous?

It is not because she is any physical danger - It is because the negative voices in her head are saying things like “You don’t know what you are talking about, you will mess up, people will laugh at you, your nose is too big, etc.” These thoughts are what are triggering her anxious feelings, and this leads her to have her palms sweating, heart racing, etc. This negative reaction could lead her to avoid speaking engagements altogether.

By contrast, the woman on the right is more calm and at-ease. She has a confident mental state that allows her to relax into her presentation and do a great job. The AFT process allows us to go from nervous to relaxed, or from fearful to confident.

Where Do Negative Thoughts Come From?

AFT is built on the understanding that when we have a painful experience, our subconscious mind develops negative thoughts as a way to protect ourselves from future pain. So for instance if a girl is being gossiped about or bullied at school, she may develop a belief that “I am ugly” or “I am not good enough to be friends with the popular kids” or “I should just stay home instead of going out and having fun.” 

The trouble is, later in life that same belief will stop her from having the life that she really wants. She will stay home instead of socialising or she will not believe she is good enough for her friends and so on.

We all have developed probably hundreds if not thousands of negative beliefs in our lifetimes, and these work below the level of consciousness and rear up whenever we do something that feels at all threatening.

How Do We Overcome Negative Thinking?

The idea that we have negative thoughts that hamper us is not a new one. Even in the Bible we are told that we need to renew our minds or that “as a man thinketh, so is he.” But how do we renew our minds?

Some people advise that we should fight the negative thoughts. For instance, if you hear a voice that says “You are not good enough”, you should just affirm at that moment, “Yes, I am good enough". Or, maybe you should just ignore them and think about something else, like petting your cat or picturing yourself on the beach. Or perhaps just saying affirmations all day long will overcome the negative thoughts.

Now, all of these methods work and some people get great results by doing these things. The problem is that you are constantly engaged in a fight with yourself in these scenarios. You affirm “I am successful” and your inner voice shouts back “No you are not". 

  • Fight the negative thoughts?
  • Ignore them and think about something else?
  • Replace them with positive affirmations?
  • Or...dissolve the negative thoughts with essential oils.

Dissolve Negative Thoughts With Essential Oils!

By following the trail back to the original painful memory that gave rise to the negative thought, we identify the source of our inner resistance. Then, using The Aroma Freedom Technique Process, the memory complex is gently dissolved by smelling specific essential oils at the right time. As this happens, the negative thoughts disappear and are replaced by confidence, peace and an inner knowing of what you need to do to reach your goals.

How Does It Work?

OK so how does this process work?

In AFT we use the sense of smell to reprogram the subconscious mind, because the response to smell is POWERFUL and AUTOMATIC.

When we smell food that has gone rotten, we have an immediate, visceral response that will not allow us to eat it. Similarly, when a rabbit smells a predator, it immediately runs away in order to survive. It does not have to think about whether to run – if it took the time to think it might not survive. The sense of smell is our most primitive sense and the one that is most closely connected to our survival.

Smell And The Brain

This is because the olfactory nerve, which is triggered by aroma, carries messages directly to the limbic system of the brain, where we process feelings of safety and danger. There is a basic survival impulse either to approach that which is good for us, or to avoid or fight that which is threatening to us.

  • The olfactory nerve connects directly to the limbic system in the brain
  • This is where primitive approach/avoidance - safe/unsafe feelings are created

The Amygdala

The amygdala is a small, almond shaped area of the brain that has two main functions: To process smell and to trigger the alarm bell when we are in danger. It can also tell us when it is safe to relax.

  • The amygdala triggers the flight/flight/freeze survival response
  • Smell is an immediate trigger

Incense Has Been Used In Religious Rituals For Centuries

For instance, incense has been used in religious rituals for centuries, because the sense of smell also has the power to calm us. Whether it is a church, a temple, a mosque, or any sacred place, we use the sense of smell to help us to let go of the struggle and stress of the outside world and to connect to our inner guidance.

In fact, because of the irresistible power of smell, when we smell certain relaxing scents like lavender, vanilla and frankincense, it is very difficult NOT to feel more relaxed.  

Smell And Memory

The sense of smell is also very closely linked to memory.  We know this to be true because we have all had the experience of a smell reminding us of a very specific memory from childhood. Whether it is the smell of cookies reminding us of being in grandma’s kitchen, or even the smell of petrol reminding us of helping our father fix cars in the garage, the scent immediately triggers these emotionally laden memories.

In fact, studies have shown that smell will trigger earlier and more emotionally charged memories than the same trigger presented visually or in words. Because of its close association with memory, the sense of smell is particularly well suited for processing and releasing the memory complexes that we identify with The Aroma Freedom Technique.

Essential Oils

The scents we use to dissolve memory complexes with AFT come from Essential Oils.

Essential Oils are natural compounds that are distilled or pressed from fresh, organic plants. They are extremely powerful and concentrated. For instance, it takes 5000 pounds of roses to make 1 pound of Rose oil and it takes 75 Lemons to make one bottle of Lemon oil.

The scent that comes from essential oils are naturally balanced and complex. For instance, Lavender may have up to 300 different chemical constituents. This means that the aroma can trigger memories and other reactions in the brain in a very balanced way.

In The Aroma Freedom Technique we use specific oils that Dr. Perkus chose through years of experience. There is more and more scientific research coming out to support the use of oils in supporting mental and emotional balance. For instance, scientists have discovered a specific compound in Frankincense that triggers ion channels in the brain, giving it a calming and centring effect. Vanilla, which is in the Young Living Stress Away blend, has been shown to have a positive effect on brain chemistry and Lavender is well known for its soothing effects.

  • Distilled from plants
  • Complex and balancing aromas
  • Safe
  • Natures gift
  • Signalling molecules

Aromas Are Soothing

People have known for generations that smelling pleasant aromas is a wonderful way to relax body, mind and spirit. The discovery that aromas can also dissolve memory complexes opens up a whole new world for people who want to make lasting changes in their lives.


  • 1-3 rounds of AFT significantly improves confidence that a person can reach their goal
  • Negative thoughts dissolve, positive thoughts and attitudes emerge
  • This leads to greater results and action!

The following slides come from the database Dr. Perkus has collected of over 3,400 AFT sessions logged in the certification program. We look at how “possible” a person’s goal feels to them at the start of the session, going from 0=Hopeless and 10=Totally Confident. The purple bars show what percentage of people were at a 3, for instance, or a 5 or a 7 etc. The average rating was about a 3.5. 

Now, watch what happens to the graph after just one round of AFT, which takes about 10 minutes:

You can see how the average rating jumped up about 2-3 points. This is typically what happens with each round of AFT. Now notice what happens with the second round:

By the second round the average number is even higher, about an 8. There is a steady increase in people’s confidence with each round.

And here you can see for the people who needed a third round, the numbers continue to climb:

So in an average of about 30 minutes, people consistently become more confident, hopeful, positive and empowered. Let me show you those numbers again. It is pretty incredible how consistently and reliably this process works.  

Why Young Living Essential Oils?

One last note – we exclusively use Young Living Essential Oils in the Aroma Freedom Technique for a few reasons.

  • Purity
  • Seed to seal
  • Inspired blends
  • Consistent Results

First, it is important that any essential oil that you are inhaling deeply be completely pure, with no additives, pesticides or synthetic chemicals. In order to be sure of this, you need to know that the entire process of oil production, from the proper seed all the way through the cultivation, distillation, testing and packaging phases is carefully monitored. 

Secondly, the blends that we use in AFT such as Stress Away, Inner Child, Release, Transformation and Believe have been formulated by Dr. Gary Young, who creates the blends based on very clear intentions and years of experience.

Finally, we want to make sure that people experience consistent results from The Aroma Freedom Technique. It was developed using Young Living Essential Oils so we stick to that standard.

What Next?

Now that you have seen how AFT can consistently and reliably move someone from hopeless and frustrated into confident and empowered in just 30 minutes or less, I have a question for you: Why wouldn’t you do it whenever you feel stuck? 

I would be happy to sit down with you and take you through the process so that you can experience it for yourself. If you are looking to reach a specific goal, I have a coaching program that is designed to get you unstuck with AFT and to keep you moving forward with regular contact.

How You Can Work With Aroma Freedom Technique UK

People come to see Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioners Ashlie Smith and Lucy Still in person or online, to progress from where they are to where they desire to be. They feel stuck, unable to move in an area of their life, whether it is a business, personal or wellness goal, finding or keeping a satisfying relationship, or living a life of passion and purpose.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation with Aroma Freedom Technique UK. We look forward to collaborating with you in realising your dreams and intentions!

Learn AFT Yourself!


We encourage you to get Dr. Perkus’ book and learn how to help yourself and others with this amazing tool. In the beginning it is helpful to have someone walk you through the process and that is where we come in. But eventually you will want to use it as a self-care tool.

Once you learn the technique, you will want to help others around you to become confident and empowered as well. Dr. Perkus encourages people to learn the technique and use it on themselves, family and friends. But if you want to charge money for it, or if you want to use it alongside other healing modalities you use, then you need to become certified. Further information can be found at Aroma Freedom Technique UK.

Books, Videos and Classes are also available online at Aroma Freedom Academy.

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