Aromatherapy has been around for a very long time. It is one of the oldest forms of health and beauty care. Many ancient civilisations used essential oils and herbs for medicinal purposes and spiritual rituals. Aromatherapy is the art and science of healing and therapy through the use of plant extracts, known as essential oils – to promote balance in the mind and body. Welcome to the wonderful world of AROMATHERAPY When you inhale a fragrance, the smell itself bypasses your “thinking brain” and goes directly to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls certain impulses, such as sex and hunger, as well as emotions. Because of this, these aromas, when used properly, are quite valuable for the purpose of mood alteration. Many hospitals and some hotels diffuse certain aromas into the lobby areas in order to produce a sense of calm and well-being in their clients. Your sense of smell is the most powerful sense you have. A single whiff of an aroma can evoke feelings and memories long forgotten. Your sense of smell is the most powerful sense you have. Humans have made use of aromatic extracts of plants for thousands of years Aromatherapy can be both – pleasurable and beneficial.
When used in a bath or massage, the oils are absorbed through the skin and carried by body fluids to the main body systems, such as the nervous and muscular system for a healing effect. The healing properties come from the highly concentrated extracts, (essential oils) taken from herbs, flowers, roots etc of plants/trees. It is important to understand that essential oils do not cure. The body and mind are the heroes when it comes to healing and this is the basic principal of natural health. Some of these benefits are well known, such as relaxation, energy stimulation, and pleasant memory association. Other benefits are less well known, but equally as powerful. The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in certain oils enhance he immune system. Some oils act as appetite stimulants, others act as appetite suppressants, and both can help with weight management. Still other oils are hormone regulators. The list of potential benefits goes on and on. Learning how to use oils to achieve these benefits is what Aromatherapy is really all about. To achieve these benefits, full strength, undiluted essential oils are required. The term “100% essential oil” is used to describe oils that contain only the extract of a particular plant. Many people also assume that because an oil is 100% essential that it also is absolutely pure, but this is not true.
Common oils that are easy to extract consequently cost less then the more precious oils. The best quality oils will always be priced according to the value and rarity of the particular oil, and will never be priced based on bottle size.
Properties of our Essential Oils
Anti-bacterial, anti-microbiol, anti-virus ( best known is tea tree)
Detoxify – gets rid of poisons from our blood stream. Urine is usually yellow, as it gets darker it is a sign of toxins being discarded.
Oxygenate – as oxygen is added it has the effect of pumping up the tissues.
Temporarily helps rid tissues of excess fluid
Easily absorbed by the skin because they are lipo solvents they dissolve in fats. They dissolve in the fatty part of the skin to quickly penetrate different layers before entering the bloodstream (Sebaceous glands produce Seba which blends with the oil and makes for easy absorption)
Has the power of healing rapidly.
Helps balance the nervous system.
Inflammable, and so can ignite.
Odoriferous – smelly
Penetrates through the skin.
Promotes new cell growth and sheds dead skin cells
Improves circulation by regulating the action of capillaries.
Regulates and balances body functions.
Re-hydrates over 3-6 hours.
Restores vitality to tissues.
Soluble in pure alcohol (ethanol), vegetable oils and, to a small extent, water.
Volatile – when exposed to air they evaporate quickly.
Watery and do not leave an oily mark on paper.