Therapeutic essential oils and aromatherapy products have been part of natural health care and spiritual practices for millennium. Research suggests that aromatherapy offers emotional and spiritual support. Aromatherapy oils are popular remedies for health and healing, stress and anxiety relief, and meditation. They are used for cooking, household cleaning, repelling insects, and personal care, as well as for cleansing and raising the vibration in sacred spaces.
Rosemary was burned in sick rooms during the time of the plague to protect workers from illness. Its fresh medicinal scent helps clear your head and your sinuses.
Aromatic plants such as mints and sage have been found in ancient tombs dating back over 12,000 years. Records dating back to 4500 B.C. show that aromatics were used for medicine, perfume, and religious ritual.
Aromatherapy started making its way into modern medicine in the late 1800's. During World War I and World War II, therapeutic essential oils were used for treating battlefield wounds and infections.
If you have ever sniffed a rose, rolled lavender needles between your palms, or felt refreshed after taking a whiff of fresh lemon peel, you have experienced the delight and benefits of aromatherapy.
Essential oils are made from volatile oils - the same oils that evaporate and give off the scent of fragrant flowers - extracted from leaves bark, flowers, seeds, and/or the roots of plants. These molecules are captured and distilled for their scent and healing properties. Steam distillation is usually used to extract the essence, but some oils, such as lemon peel, are cold pressed. Others may be extracted with solvents.
It may take many pounds of plant material to make aromatherapy essential oils. Pure rose oil costs hundreds of dollars an ounce because hundreds of pounds of rose petals are needed to make it. Citrus oils, made from the rinds, use much less and are quite inexpensive.
Your body and brain respond quickly to aromatherapy because your sense of smell provides a fast, direct path to your brain through the nerve fibers in your olfactory system. Some essential oils can be absorbed in the nasal cavity and through the lungs.
Using therapeutic essential oils for pleasure and healing is safe and effective when you know what you are doing.
A few manufactures produce therapeutic grade essential oils. Purchase from a reliable company. A sample kit like this is a fun way to experiment while getting to know the oils. An ultrasonic diffuser lets you enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy throughout the day and night.
Some healers use volatile oils and resins for vibrational energy healing either alone or along with laying on hands or other form of energy therapy.
Keep in mind that everything is energy and vibrates at energetic frequencies. When exposed to lovely aromas and the frequencies of the oils, our subtle energy is affected for the good.
For example, when working with the seventh energy center at the top of the head, healers may use lavender, frankincense or myrrh to strengthen the connection with the spiritual and the Divine. You may recognize frankincense and myrrh being named as two of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the wise men.
Fascinating research has been conducted regarding aromatherapy and its uses beyond healing. Researchers have found that there is a strong link between scents and memory.
Make therapeutic essential oils a regular part of caring for you mental and physical health. Used externally, they make a wonderful complement to medical care. They are some of the most pleasurable, enjoyable remedies you can use. Just massaging your hands and forearms with a cream scented with your favorite oils helps you feel nurtured and relaxed. This is no small thing when you are facing harsh medical treatments or just trying to recover from a stressful day.
Whether you love the sweet fragrance of flowers, the medicinal scent of pine and rosemary needles, or the more earthy aroma of the resins and woods, there are aromatherapy oils for you. There is a scent for every mood and preference, complete with healing properties that make them wonderful for everything from pleasure to healing to cleaning your home to cosmetics and skin care.
page updated 06/2019
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