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
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
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
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
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.
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 mental blocks can be addressed using the appropriate oils.
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.
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.
There is a long history of essential oil use to raise consciousness and there
are many essential oils commonly used to aid meditation.