Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine which uses aromatic substances extracted from plants, fruits and flowers to improve health and wellbeing. Aromatherapy enhances the body’s natural self-regulating and self-healing activities.

Through the sense of smell, the deepest human instincts and memories are influenced. We respond to aromas in less than three seconds, and because the oil molecules are so small they pass through the cell membrane quickly and diffuse into the blood stream. Essential oils oxygenate the blood stream and stimulate the immune system.

Essential oils can be administered in several different ways. Perhaps one of the most pleasant, relaxing and therapeutic ways is through a traditional aromatherapy treatment, which involves applying the oils through massage. Massage benefits the body by the stimulation of touch receptors and the regulation of energy flow via acupressure pathways. The combination of massage and essential oils can achieve excellent results.

Aromatherapy treatments can be continued at home through the use of aromatherapy bath blends, creams and gels. Aromatherapy can also be enjoyed through inhalation; either directly from the bottle for an immediate effect, or by aerial diffusion, using oil burners, aromastones and aromatisers. Diffusing the essential oils releases their germicidal properties into the air and as most of the oils are immune stimulating.

Essential oils are powerful tools to promote self-healing. They can be sedating or stimulating, some relieve pain and muscle tension, and most oils are antibacterial. Aromatherapy combines them with the healing power of touch. This holistic treatment benefits the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Mind
Carefully chosen essential oils can increase concentration, memory and productivity. Insomnia and other sleep disorders can be treated with sedative and relaxing oils. Mental fatigue, stress and tension can be combated and phobias and mental blocks can be addressed using the appropriate oils.
Body
Essential oils are well known for their antibacterial properties which can aid wound healing. Blood circulation can be boosted and lymph drainage stimulated encouraging the removal of toxins. Muscular aches and pains like arthritis and backache can be soothed, and energy and stamina can be increased relieving muscular fatigue. There are many other benefits including the treatment of skin conditions, digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances.
Emotions
There are several powerful anti-depressant essential oils that can calm, nurture, and help soothe grief and loss. States of nervousness, anxiety and panic attacks can be soothed, self-assurance and confidence can be increased.
Spirit
There is a long history of essential oil use to raise consciousness and there are many essential oils commonly used to aid meditation.


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