Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from flowers, herbs, trees and plants to enhance health, harmony and well-being. The name ‘essential’ is derived from the Latin word Quintessential, meaning the fifth element. The fifth element was the vital element the Alchemist sought to change base metals into gold. Essential oils have always been regarded as potent and precious substances having the tremendous ability to operate not only on the physical level but in the emotional, intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic areas of our lives. They are in total biochemical harmony with the human body without being invasive. Essential oils are one of the great untapped resources of the world, a natural system that helps to maintain health and well being.
A Brief History of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and used for both religious and therapeutic purposes. The great ancient civilisations of Egypt, Arabia, Greece, Rome, China, India and Babylon all used flowers, herbs, plants and trees for spiritual ceremonies and healing. Papyrus manuscripts show that around 2800BC the ancient Egyptians used many therapeutic herbs. Another papyrus dated about 2000BC speaks of fine oils and choice perfumes such as cedar and myrrh which were employed in the embalming process. The Vedic literature of India dated around 2000BC also lists over 700 substances including cinnamon, myrrh, coriander, spikenard and sandalwood
Aromatherapy examines the effect of aromas on the mind via the Olfactory System (perception of smell). Smell is the only sense with direct access to the brain since all the other senses are first processed. Aromas work through the limbic part of the brain which controls our emotions, touch, smell, feel etc. and seeks to enhance mood. Inhalation is the quickest way for essential oils up the nose and via the Olfactory System to the brain, enabling them to immediately enhance mood and a feeling of health and well-being. Inhalation of essential oils can thus bring about a positive approach to everyday stresses. Aromatherapy is a wonderful holistic experience incorporating the mind, body and spirit to help ease and relax on all levels. Aromatherapy is a wonderful holistic experience incorporating the mind, body and spirit to help ease and relax on all levels
Carrier oils are natural seed, nut and berry oils and have their own therapeutic effects. They contain vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. They make up the bulk of any skin care formula and "carry" the essential oils more deeply into the skin and prevent them from evaporating too quickly.
Essential oils contain the essence of the plants that they come from and are easily absorbed by the skin. Benefits include tissue regeneration, antioxidant action and anti-inflammatory effect.
There are about 200 essential oils produced commercially in the world today and some 50-100 of these are used in aromatherapy. The average yield of essential oil from raw material is 1.5 %, which means that about 70kg of plant material is required to produce 1kg of essential oil.
Essential oils penetrate cells and disperse throughout the body very quickly. Since everyone responds differently to the type and amount of essential oils, it is important to start with a very small portion. Less is always more when using essential oils. For the benefits of individual essential oils, please visit our interactive gallery.
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THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS
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