Never Underestimate The Power of A Great Essential Oil Blend!

 

WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?

Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to managing a variety of ailments related to your mind, body and spirit.  It is the skilled and controlled use of essential oils. EO's are distilled from the flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, bark, root or seeds of plants,trees and herbs.  There are many EO's being used in aromatherapy today which can benefit the body as a whole.

 

EO’s stimulate psychological and physiological responses in the body.  They may be used several different ways depending on the ailment being considered, the chemical properties, their actions, and other factors that influence the safety of the EO’s being used.

 

  • Topical uses include: massage oils, salves, roller bottles, compress, shower & bath.

    •  Topical use allows the properties to penetrate through the skin and enter the bloodstream.
       

  • Inhalation uses include: steam, inhaler, open bottles, sprays, cloth.

    • Inhalation use allows​ the the airborne molecules to travel from the nostrils, through the olfactory system to the brain, then to the limbic system where it is processed and neurochemicals are released based on the EO being used. 
       

  • Diffused uses include: vaporizers and humidifiers.

    • Vaporizers and humidifiers offer similar benefits to inhalation, but also provide a more humid environment.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

 

The use of essential oil's in aromatherapy may help alleviate aches, pains, spasms, headaches, respiratory issues, emotional issues, odor, sleeplessness, skin conditions and much much more.  Essential oils can help bring balance to the following body systems including: cardiovascular, digestive, immune, integumentary, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive & respiratory. And because EO's have the ability to effect these different systems, they may also be used as a preventative method for a variety of ailments. 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF AROMATHERAPY

Aromatics were first recorded more than 3,500 years before the birth of Christ.  Between 5,000-10,000 BC aromatic herbs and woods were burned to drive out evil spirits from the sick.  Although it is hard to tell exactly when and where aromatics originated, it is said that there were several cultures using aromatics in ceremony prior to discovering its medicinal uses.

 

Ancient Egyptians burned incense made from woods and herbs in honor of their god's and because Egyptians love fragrance they would use daily.  Women would wear perfumed cones on their head that would release a fragrance into the crowd at gatherings.   They used oils such as cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and myrrh to embalm the dead.  And as we now know, many essential oils have preservative effects.  

The Chinese may have been one of the first cultures to use aromatic plants for their overall well-being. Their practices involved burning incense to help create harmony and balance.  The 'Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine', is the oldest Chinese medicine book which was written in 2697 BC.  It is said to contain information on over 300 different plant properties and medicinal uses.

Greek mythology credits the gift and knowledge of herbs and perfumes to the god's.  Asclepius, who is considered the god of healing, is the earliest known Greek physician whose reputation was so great that even after death, thousands of healing temples known as Asclepions' were built in his honor.  Asclepius practices around 1200 BC with unmatched skills, by combining the use of herbs during surgery. 

The rise of modern medicine lessened the uses of herbs, and therefore plant-based therapies began to fall out of favor.  During the 15th century a man named Philippus Theophrastus Bombasastus von Hohenheim was credited for revolutionizing medicine and he reprimanded those who only followed the teachings of the ancient Greeks and Romans use of herbs.  Healers were thought of as quacks, the majority were poor, and they served the poor, which was often frowned upon.  As physicians started receiving training, The Medical Act of 1511, came about which lawfully allowed the persecution of unauthorized practitioners. 
 

During the time of bubonic plague outbreaks the demand for aromatics and healers grew.  The persecutions of healers no longer became the focus of medical establishments as the attention was then turned towards witches. In the 16 and 17th century apothecaries started popping up.  And by the 18th century production of essential oils in France began. Perfumes became popular in the 19th century.
 

It wasn’t until the early 20th century that the term ‘aromatherapy’ was created by Rene Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist.  During world war II a French doctor, Jean Valnet used essential oils to treat wounded soldiers.  He later realized the effect it had on the treatment of both medical and psychiatric disorders.  This was a time where researching the compounds and uses of essential oils in a laboratory setting rose.

Today, essential oils are used in aromatherapy to manage a variety of ailments.  A great amount of research is being done on essential oils right now, and plenty more to come.  The majority of EO's have not and are not being tested on humans, therefore not all side effects are know and safety measures must be taken.

SAFETY

EO’s contain highly concentrated chemical properties and because EO’s contain different chemical properties and therapeutic actions; safety variables should be considered specific to each individual person or animal because each body is unique.  It is important to consult someone who is trained in using EO's.  Below are some safety tips, in no specific order. 
 

  • EO's should ALWAYS be kept out of the reach of children.

  • EO's should NEVER be taking orally and there are several reasons why you should NEVER do this including: the damage it can cause to the mucous membranes in the digestive tract, the possibility of toxicity in humans and animals and the damage to organs.  All which can lead to long term health conditions.

  • EO's can be dangerous to animals because of their inability to breakdown the compounds in the oil. 

  • EO’s should ALWAYS be diluted before applying to the skin; there are only a few exceptions to this rule.  The proper dilution of EO's is important primarily for safety concerns, but also based on several factors which may affect how the EO's work in and on the body.

  • EO’s range in safety, from those that are generally considered safe to those that are toxic. 

  • The same EO should not be used continuously over long periods of time.

  • Those with sensitive skin should ALWAYS do a skin patch test prior to applying blend to larger areas of the body. 

  • Those with allergies to certain plants/herbs should avoid those specific EO's, as well as those plants/herbs that are in the same botanical family. 

QUALITY

When looking at the quality of EO's here are a some things to consider: Are they from a reputable source? Are they pure, without any additives? Are the plants harvested ethically? 

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions at  970-294-1160.

Inner Balance Solutions

Reflexology & Aromatherapy 
Provided by Jennifer Monahan
970-294-1160

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