Aromatherapy is a branch of herbology that involves the therapeutic use of essential oils to enhance one’s entire well-being. Essential oils are botanical extracts such as lavender, rosemary, mint and sandalwood, which are obtained from living plant and fruit material, i.e., leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, flowers and roots. Essential oils are highly volatile concentrated plant extracts that are not oily, but are called oil because of their chemical composition.
The “essence” of a plant is its “vital life force” or that which makes the plant grow and is captured during the extraction process. The “essence” of a plant is the backbone of aromatherapy. Each essential oil has its own personality and healing capabilities.
Aromatherapy is the art, science and technique of blending and applying essential oils to influence positive changes in your life. Aromatherapy is made up of five elements that allows for easy integration into any lifestyle.
Five elements of aromatherapy
Aesthetic aromatherapy – the effects essential oils have on our skin, hair and nails
Psycho aromatherapy also called aromachology– the effects aromas have on our emotions and moods
Clinical/medical aromatherapy – the effects essential oil have creating and maintaining a state of homeostasis
Spiritual/Esoteric aromatherapy – the effects of essential oils have on establishing divine inner connection
Holistic aromatherapy – the integration of all five element bring balance and connection to the mind, body and spirit
How Essential Oils Travel Through The body
Essential oils are carried around the body via the circularity system. They enter the blood stream through topical application via the skin or through the inhalation via lungs. In additions to being multifaceted in their healing capabilities essential oils have an affinity to different body systems.
- Lavender – heart and nervous system
- Tea tree – immune system
- Juniper – kidneys
- Ginger – digestive system
- Geranium – hormones
- Ylang Ylang – aphrodisiac
Non-invasive and multifaceted aromatherapy is an excellent choice for all age groups and for exploring self-nurturing techniques. Essential oils and the practice of aromatherapy can be incorporated into any life style.
Click the link below to download your pdf free essential oil data sheet that provides information on each oils personality, usage, applications and contra indications.