Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. (National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy)
It has been used in many traditional healing practices for various conditions since ancient times in China, Egypt, France, Greece, Tibet, India, Iraq, Syria, Switzerland, UK and Native Indians(US). It is a wonderful way to resonate the incredible healing power of plants to activate, strengthen and radiate our inner healing power within.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, fruits, or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients (usually 100 to 200 chemicals per essential oil), and this mix determines what the oil is used for.
In therapy, for the quality purpose, I use the highest therapeutic quality essential oils that are 100% pure and organic from Young Living Company.
The theory behind aromatherapy
It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell – the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person. When applied topically (onto the skin) they activate thermal receptors and destroy microbes and fungi. Internal application may stimulate the immune system (generally in prescribed form).
Application of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is generally applied in one of three majour ways:
- Aerial diffusion – the oils evaporate into the air. The aim is to give the air a specific fragrance or to disinfect it.
- Direct inhalation – the person breaths the evaporating oils straight in. This is commonly used for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, as well as for psychological benefits.
- Topical applications – applied onto the skin. Commonly used for massage, baths, and therapeutic skin care.
Possible therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy
- Muscular aches
- Body aches
- Circulation problems
- Digestive problems
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal problems
- Skin problems
Cautions for aromatherapy
It is important to follow the product instructions carefully. Concentrated products may be poisonous before dilution and should be handled with care. If you have any of the following conditions you should be extra careful/cautious about aromatherapy:
- Allergy or allergies (e.g. hay fever)
- Skin conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis)
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
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Using Essential Oils for Yourself
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