INTRODUCTION to AROMATHERAPY
The use of essential oils has been around for thousands of years, but the term “AROMATHERAPY”, has only been coined recently in the early 1900’s. Essential oils have been used to act from aphrodisiacs, sleep ads to curing the most raging diseases of man kind. Aromatherapy has risen and fallen in favor of use with coming and goings of the ages. It has been exalted to the highest forms and exclusive to religion and royalty, only to fall from total grace and hidden and misunderstood and called the use of black magic during the Dark Ages (which lead to some very unfortunate results). The use of any form of healing during that period by the general people was quickly resulting in death except those who earned the title of physician.
Thank goodness we can learn from our mistakes and many forms of helping have resin to the forefront of today with fewer consequences. The use of essential oils has gained a great deal of respect with a great deal of scientific research to back it up. With all research that has been done it has been proven the effectives in the oils to enable the body to heal and re-balance itself. A great of the research has been done by the perfume, cosmetic and food industries, which has verified their abilities to work.
Aromatherapy can have an influence on the mind, body and emotions and some very recent research is showing intricate connections between odour, brain and feelings. Therefore in essence essential oils can affect a person both physiologically (mentally and physically). Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin which makes them ideal for skin problems and other conditions that can be treated through the skin (such as arthritis, muscular aches, varicose veins, headaches, cuts, bruising, swelling and such) to name a few. The fact that these oils are volatile makes them well suited for inhalations to treat respiratory or sinus conditions. Essential oils are not fatty acid oils like almond, olive oils. Essential oils are organic chemical compounds which sometimes have more than 50 chemical constituents in them. ALL essential oils are anti bacterial while many of them can also carry anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, vitamins, minerals, hormonal-like properties or other types of constituents to them which gives them the viability to be an alternative to some drugs.
Some people may wonder why there are so many different kinds of essential oils (which is the same as asking why there is so many different plants on this earth). You may have to take into consideration that there are so many varying people with differing tastes and the chemical compounds and DNA that make up each of us is very unique and complex. So our reaction and the oils effectiveness will vary accordingly.
DISCLAIMER: This is just general information. It does not replace any medical care by a qualified physician or health care practitioner. It is highly recommended that each person that wants to use essential oils should read some Aromatherapy books and take some instruction from a qualified practitioner.
By Christine Renaud RMT