Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is used for a variety of reasons, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
A wide number of essential oils are available, each with its own healing properties.
As a healing art, aromatherapy dates back 6000 years to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans and probably Chinese, who used to burn scented flowers and herbs and enjoyed aromatic baths, massage and skin care for curative and cosmetic purposes.
Essential oils are volatile parts of aromatic plants extracted by steam distillation. They can be used in candles, inhalants, perfume and shampoo. When inhaled, an essential oil triggers the brain to connect to the fragrance, supplying therapeutic benefits. An example of this is eucalyptus essential oil. When inhaled, it helps ease congestion. It is also used for facials and skin care.
- Base oil, such as are used in aromatherapy are vegetable oils, such as jojoba, olive, and coconut oil.
- Aromatherapy recipes are chosen according to the condition a person would like to heal, thus promoting complementary soothing, relief from pain, relaxation or mood uplift, for example.
Benefits from Aromatherapy
Research proves scientifically that aromatherapy produces physiological and psychological effects. These include relief from headaches, mood boosting, hormone regulation, muscle relaxation, immune system stimulation, blood circulation, improved brain function, and promotion of whole-body healing.
Although essential oils can be used by everyone, keep in mind essential oils are very potent and must always be diluted with base oil, such as olive oil, before applying.
Examples of uses for common essential oils
- Lemon Oil: uplifting, or an anti-stress/anti-depressant. It is used to enhance ones mood, and help with relaxation.
- Lavender and Tea Tree Oil: Used in antiseptics, lotions or soaps. Lavender is said to help heal wounds and burns.
Please make an appointment to receive all the benefits of aromatherapy. Initially we will customize the therapy according to your needs. An appointment runs 30 -60 minutes as we work together to identify your needs and the oils that seem to work best for you. I will combine two or more essential oils with a base oil for you to take with you. You can request additional bottles of the same recipe for pick-up or mailing in the future.