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Aromatherapy

A holistic approach to wellness

  • Traces its origins to our ancestors who recognized the posititve effect of aromatic plants
  • Utilizes natural essential oils to instill a sense of harmony with the natural world
  • Know to be a safe and effective alternative for health and well-being
  • Learn more about the History of Aromatherapy


Oils used in Aromatherapy

Essential Oils

  • Volatile and fragrant liquid or semi liquid substances extracted from plants by distillation
  • Powerful healing agents that contain the high concentrated vital energy of plants
  • All-natural, complete, and free of any additives

Carrier Oils

  • Fatty, nonvolatile oils extracted from seeds, nuts or fruits
  • Dilutes essential oils for application to the body
  • Moisturize and nourish the skin

 

History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been around for over 6000 years. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. Imhotep, an Egyptian physician also thought to be the Egyptian god of medicine and healing, recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage and for embalming the dead. Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy baths and scented massage in ancient Greece. He also used aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague.

The modern era of aromatherapy dawned in 1930 when the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950) coined the term aromatherapy for the therapeutic use of essential oils. He was fascinated by the benefits of lavender oil in healing his burned hand without leaving any scars.

 

Safety Precautions

  • Keep essential oils away from babies, children and pets
  • Every essential oil is different; for safe and effective use, be sure you are familiar with the specific actions and precautions for each oil (many oils have special precautions)
  • Always follow recommenced dilutions and application procedures; do not exceed recommended amounts
  • Never use the essential oil of a plant to which you are allergic
  • Do not allow essential oils to get in or near the eyes, and do not apply them onto the genital region, inside the nose or mouth, or onto seriously damaged skin
  • Do not massage someone who has an infectious illness (such as the flu or measles) or cancer; do not massage over varicose veins, infected areas, broken bones or injuries
  • Do not take essential oils internally except under the supervision of a qualified health-care professional
  • If essential oils accidentally get into the eyes, flush immediately with whole milk or cream (these fats will dissolve and remove the essential oils)
  • In case of accidental ingestion of essential oils, obtain immediate medial assistance

Allergy Test: Perform 2 skin patch tests on small areas of the arm on successive days before using the oil on larger area.

Purchasing Essential Oils

  • Appropriate oils are usually labeled aromatherapy grade or therapeutic grade
  • Look for essential oils labeled “100% pure” (rose and jasmine are often available diluted in carrier oil, since the price of the pure oils is prohibitively expensive for many people)
  • Stay away from anything labeled fragrance or nature identical oils; these are synthetic, have no therapeutic properties, and should never be used in aromatherapy


Tip: In order to be effective, essential oils must be of the highest quality

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