Since ancient times, plant essences have been used for healing thruvarious means. The benefits of these essences have been experiencedthru- Incense (refer- IncenseAndAromatherapy.com for more information onthe use of incense in aromatherapeutic healing) Perfumes Aromatic water Embalming ointments Culinary usesThe term “Aromatherapy” was coined in much recent times by the FrenchChemist, Rene Gattefosse.
Several medical professionals in the U.S.A. and England suppose thatwhile pleasant scents can be relaxing, lowering stress and offering relatedeffects, there is insufficient scientific proof of the effectiveness ofaromatherapy. Scientific research on the cause and effect of aromatherapy is limited,although in-vitro testing has revealed some antibacterial and antiviraleffects. Some benefits that have been linked to aromatherapy, such asrelaxation and clarity of mind, are quite subjective and may arise from theplacebo effect.
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An essential oil is any concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatilearoma compounds from plants, which are called aromatic herbs oraromatic plants. They are also known as volatile or ethereal oils, or simplyas the "oil of" the plant material from which they were extracted, such asoil of clove.Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Other processesinclude expression, or solvent extraction.
Carrier oils are used to dilute the strong and concentrated essential oils.Common carrier oils are- Apricot Kernel Oil Avocado Oil Grape Seed Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Sweet Almond Oil Grape Seed Oil
Care should be taken while using essential oils, if one is also suffering fromthe conditions on which the oils have an adverse effect.A qualified and experienced Aromatherapist along with your familyphysician should be able to give you a clear advice on their usage.Always check to assure that the essential oil you wish to use does nothave any known safe-usage issues and is not going to have anycontraindications with any of your other medications (allopathic orholistic).
Herbal distillates are aqueous solutions or colloidal suspensions(hydrosols) of essential oils usually obtained by steam distillation fromaromatic plants or herbs. These herbal distillates are used as flavorings,medicine and in skin care.Herbal distillates go by many other names including floral waters,hydrosols, hydrolates, herbal waters, toilet waters, aqua vitae andessential water.Herbal distillates are produced in the same manner as essential oils.However, the essential oil will float to the top of the distillate where it isremoved, leaving behind the watery distillate.
Aroma or fragrance is classified in two ways. One method that is used is toclassify fragrance according to origin of the scent- i.e. if the origin is from atype of plant (plant part) or animal. E.g. Woody scents, Earthy scents,Spicy scents etc.The second method, which was devised by the Chinese, is where afragrance is classified according to six scent groups which in turn werenamed as per the type of emotion that was stirred up when theircorresponding incense was lighted. E.g. Tranquility incense, Beautyincense, Luxury incense etc.
Aromatherapeutic healing is considered a very gentle and non-intrusivemeans of healing and is supposed to be suitable for people from all age-groups.In addition to successfully addressing and relieving chronic long-termconditions; essential oils are also supposed to exhibit preventativemeasures for certain conditions.One of Aromatherapy’s most known and noted benefits is in the use ofessential oils to relax and rejuvenate people i.e. in reducing stress andrelieving stress related conditions such as anxiety, hypertension,insomnia and depression.
Within Health and Healing- Relaxation and Rejuvenation Stress Relief Therapeutic MassageWithin Personal Beauty and Grooming-Personal beauty (in face packs, facial steams etc.) Perfumes and fragrancesLotions, bath and body oilsWithin Home and Garden- Room diffuser and sprays Insect and bug repellents Linen spray
Essential Oil Diffusers Potpourri Incense Sprays and Atomizers Creams and Lotions Bath and Body Oils Culinary UsesEssential oils are added to various carrier substances to enhance thebeneficial and healing qualities. E.g. to face packs, facial steams, culinaryusages etc.
with Herbal Healing (e.g. lavender tea) with Reflexology and Massage Therapy (use of aromatherapeutic oils) with Ayurveda (essential oils are used in accordance to the Ayurvedichealing principles) with Healing Foods (e.g. jasmine tea) with Chakra Therapy (essential oils contain within them various Chakraenergies) with Color and Sound Therapy (essential oils exhibit a special vibrationalsynchronization with specific colors as well as specific music notes)