What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy offers much more than the word may imply. Although the aroma from essential oils can affect mood, re-create memories, and soothe the soul, they are powerful medicines gifted us from the earth. Aromatherapy is the art and science of using these pure essential plant oils to support the healing of body, mind and spirit.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are nature’s fragrant pharmacy. They are highly concentrated plant extracts taken from roots, seeds, resins, barks, leaves or flowers that contain the vital life-force—the very consciousness of the plant. Each essential oil carries a unique chemistry and combination of components which yield unlimited therapeutic properties. These properties yield amazing benefits able to effect the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.
The most effective ways of using essential oils are external application and inhalation. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they cannot be used directly on the skin, but can be diluted by blending them into a carrier oil, such as almond, and used as massage oils for the body and feet. Through the skin, or percutaneous absorption, they diffuse into the bloodstream and are systemically carried throughout the body. Inhalation or olfaction provides a direct path to the limbic brain. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for processing information related to emotion and emotional response.
They can also be used in steam inhalations, diffusers, baths, foot/hand soaks or room sprays. Free from the cocktail of synthetic chemicals found in commercial perfumes, concentrated blends of essential oils make beautiful alternatives. Pure essential oils enter and leave the body with great efficiency leaving no toxins behind.
Pure essential oils are highly concentrated and hold specific chemical values. The certified Aromatherapist has gained knowledge of the beneficial effects and contraindications of these properties. The Aromatherapist seeks to assist in maintaining holistic balance and a sense of well-being. An Aromatherapist is NOT a doctor or massage therapist, NEVER prescribes, makes diagnosis, or claims to cure and also understands that Aromatherapy is not a substitute for medical care.