What is Aromatherapy?Apr 21, 2019
It is never too late to discover the Art of Aromatherapy!
Essential oils used in aromatherapy have impressive effects on improving physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
For more than 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures around the world and known for the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects of essential oils.
You will now find hundreds of different essential oils on the market. Every single one of them has a different purpose. Can you imagine what that means? Endless possibilities of natural and preventive care are possible. So exciting!
Some favorite essential oils that you can recognize include LEMON, LAVENDER, and PEPPERMINT, used virtually in everything from toothpaste, chewing gum to laundry detergent.
So what is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine practice that uses aromatic essential oils that derive from a wide variety of plants and its chemical components. When inhaled (different methods) or applied to the skin, essential oils can help people overcome various health problems without the need for medications.
And how do Essential Oils work?
Plants contain beneficial chemical compounds as a means of protecting themselves, including to ward off insects or rodents and defend themselves against bacteria or viruses.
The active ingredients within the essential oils are obtained directly from high yields of medicinal plants or herbs through a process known as distillation. The result is a highly concentrated oily formula that can be mixed with other substances.
Essential Oils are very potent and should be dealt with carefully (just like medicine). Due to their medicinal strength, we use them in our aromatherapy practice, usually with carrier oils, such as almond, jojoba, or coconut oil, before being applied directly onto the skin. We also suggest a skin patch test on your inner arm.
Aromatherapy is being used in several different ways:
- Using a diffuser or a spray bottle with an atomizer top so that the essential oils are in the air
- Inhaling the oils through the nostrils directly from an inhaler, the container or hands (cupping)
- Receiving an aromatic therapeutic massage
- Through an oil infusion bath
- Applying diluted essential oils directly onto the skin
- Non-toxic Aromatherapy candles
- Foot reflexology
- Incorporating essential oils into a natural perfume
Plant parts that produce essential oils used in aromatherapy:
- Herbs: rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint
- Leaves: eucalyptus
- Seeds: fennel
- Fruit peel: bergamot, orange, lemon, grapefruit
- Flowers: rose, geranium, jasmine, ylang-ylang
- Wood or bark of trees: cedar, rosewood
- Roots: ginger
- The resin of trees: frankincense
I could name so many more plants, but I hope this gives you an idea and enough information to start your journey with Essential Oils!
Many oily hugs from the Easter bunny today :-)
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