Aromatherapy is the use of plant substances that have been extracted into essential oils, to encourage good health, equilibrium and well being. The name aromatherapy is somewhat misleading, because scent is only one aspect of aromatherapy. Essential oils can have a very positive and powerful effect on enhancing and healing the body, mind and spirit.
Aromatics have been used since the beginning of time. Modern day research has confirmed their therapeutic and medicinal qualities of being anti-bacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-venomous, anti-depressive, anti-neuralgic, stimulant, nervine, digestive and diuretic in nature.
Essential oils have been known to have a positive effect on all the major physical systems of the body including the circulatory, lymphatic, eliminative, reproductive, endocrine, muscular and skeletal.
The effect of essential oils on the mental and emotions is extraordinary: uplifting depression, anxiety into clarity and stress into calming. Essential oils are known to be sedative or stimulating in nature, addressing the autonomic nervous system to produce the desired effect. Essential oils are extracted from grasses, leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, wood, bushes, needles, twigs, roots, resins and shrubs from all over the world. Each essential oil has its own unique medicinal qualities, characteristics and therapeutic effects.
The chemical properties and therapeutic effects of the essential oils will differ depending on the soil, climate conditions and altitude of the countries where these plants grow. The essential oil trade is now world wide ranging from Africa, Australia, China, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Java, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Turkey, United States and others.
These earthly medicines are a very powerful healing force that can be used on a daily basis or in therapeutic preparations for acute and chronic conditions.
What conditions respond well to aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is renowned for helping with any stress related issues. It can be used as a massage treatment in the clinic with follow up uses at home with inhalation, compresses, baths. Aches and pains can be eased, emotions can be balanced and the clarity can be brought to the mind. Studies have shown aromatherapy increases production in work environments.