What is Aromatherapy?

✤ Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. They have been used since ancient times. Essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) are used as a complementary health approach.

✤ The essential oils are most often used by inhaling them or by applying a diluted form to the skin. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.

✤ Aromatherapy is derived from the age-old practice of using natural plant material, the essences, essential oils, to promote health and well-being. Pure essential oils are obtained from plants by several means, steam distillation, cold-pressing or via natural solvent extraction. For thousands of years plant material has be places in fatty oils and allowed to sit for a period of time so the plant essences could infuse the oil. This method is commonly used today to make flavored cooking oils.

✤ Aromatherapy can aid in easing a wide assortment of ailments: pains, strains, and injuries, As well as relieving the discomforts of numerous health concerns. Furthermore, it acts phenomenally on the central nervous system, relieving depression, anxiety, reducing stress, relaxing, uplifting, and sedating or stimulating, thus restoring both physical and emotional well-being. The oils can have powerful results, both on the body and the spirit.

✤ Essential oils are very concentrated. For example, it takes about 220 pounds of lavender flowers to make about 1 pound of essential oil. The aroma of essential oils fades away quickly when left open to air.

Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.

Chinese Proverb