How does it work?

✤ Aromatherapy works in a variety of ways. The most common is Inhalation: there is evidence that essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. The olfactory system is quite advanced in terms of utilizing and categorizing scents, Additionally the many blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and circulate them throughout the body. Our sense of smell connects directly with the limbic system of the brain, which processes memories, associations and emotions.

✤ Another common method is Skin Absorption: many of the chemical constituents of the essential oils have a molecular weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule), hence parts of the essential oil is absorbed into the skin, and since the oils are naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal, they go to work rather quickly aiding the body’s natural healing process.

✤ The third common way is Ingestion: we ingest essential oils in various foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals where the essential oils are widely used as flavorings, for example in peppermint toothpaste and chewing gums, flavored drinks and mouthwashes. You should never take essential oils orally without the guidance or direction of a medical holistic practitioner.

Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.

Helen Keller