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Aromatherapy – caring for the body and mind

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy involves the use of volatile liquid plant materials (Essential Oils) as well as the other complementary natural ingredients, including cold pressed vegetable oils such as Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, to cause changes to a person’s mental or physical state. Essential oils, the pure essence of a plant, provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely. Aromatherapy is particularly useful for stress-related problems and a variety of chronic conditions.

The word "aromatherapy" was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils after an accident in his perfume laboratory. In the accident, he set his arm on fire and thrust it into the nearest cold liquid, which happened to be a vat of lavender oil. Immediately he noticed surprising pain relief, and instead of requiring the extended healing process he had experienced during recovery from previous burns—which caused redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, and scarring - this burn healed remarkably quickly, with minimal discomfort and no scarring. Jean Valnet continued the work of Gattefossé. During World War II Valnet used essential oils to treat gangrene in wounded soldiers.

Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways depending on their special affects. Some of these affects can include directly affecting the physical (such as the use of essential oils as an antibacterial or antifungal agent), or dealing with the psychological (where oils are said to affect moods and states of mind).

How does aromatherapy work?

The nose links to the brain by Olfactory Cells, which sit beneath the brain in the ceiling of the nasal cavity. It is through these cells that smell is transmitted and perceived. These cells, based on the properties of the smell they receive, send electrical impulses to the brain, where the smell is then “known” by a part of the brain called the Cerebral Cortex. It is believed that molecular properties received by these cells, found in Essential Oils and other aromatherapy substances, cause powerful changes in the brain. These impulses may not affect the body directly, but may affect various systems in the brain that control elements of the body (such as the immune system, digestion or blood pressure).

What is an aromatherapist?

Aromatherapists use essential oils to improve clients' physical and emotional well-being by blending appropriate oils, based on each need.

How are aromatherapy oils used?

There are three main ways to use aromatherapy oils. They can be massaged into the skin diluted in carrier oils such as Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil, vaporized in a bath, or burnt in an oil burner. As they are made up of very strong concentrates, only a few drops are required at a time.

Aromatherapy oils can be used for many reasons, including medical, caring for you skin and hair, caring for your mental wellbeing and to create aromatic ambience for pure pleasure.