There are so many benefits of aromatherapy that help people find the health and well-being. Essential oils are precious gifts from Nature, derived with only minimal human intervention. These oils when used with a gentle vegetable base oil work in harmony with the human body. In the modern world, there are many chemicals and synthetics in common use, which increasing numbers of people suffer allergic reactions to - like asthma, skin irritation, digestive upsets etc. Aromatherapy's natural qualities help to redress the problems caused by excessive use of unnatural substances.
Like anything "prevention is better than cure" - an aromatherapist will always suggest to clients to look at simple lifestyle changes to prevent illness arising in the first place, but the therapist can select the right combination of essential oils to help one regain mental, physical and spiritual health and balance.
What are essential oils?
Aromatic plants produce fragrant essences in secretory cells, using nutrients from the soil and water, and photosynthesis (sun and light process). The beauty and magic of these essences are often described as the aromatic heart, life force and energy and soul or spirit of the plant. When aromatic plants are distilled (usually by steam distillation), the essences undergo subtle chemical changes and turn into essential oils.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are volatile - which means they evaporate as soon as they come into contact with the air. Whichever method of applying essential oils is used, a certain amount is always inhaled. The lungs and the skin are both of prime importance in the way that the oils get into the body to do their work.
Once the oils are within the body, the particles of essential oil circulate around the bloodstream and travel to the different organs and body systems. Most essential oils have a therapeutic affinity with particular organs or body systems. For instance, the essential oil of rose has a purifying, regulating and tonic effect on the uterus. Once inside the body, the particles of rose with travel to the uterus and have a beneficial effect upon it. In the mind, oils have powerful natural mental, emotional and psychological effects. Another example with rose is that it is also an antidepressant, nerve tonic and aphrodisiac. An aromatherapist might suggest a blend of rose to a woman experiencing problems in conceiving. Rose would have an overall beneficial effect on this woman physically, emotionally and psychologically.
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References: The Aromatherapy Bible; Gill Farrer-Halls.
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