Aromatherapy is the practice of using pure therapeutic essential oils for therapeutic use.
Simply a drop or two can produce significant results for your body, mind and spirit. However they must be properly administered and under NO circumstances should pure essential oil be applied to skin undiluted.
Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective form of treatment for many physical and emotional illnesses as well as imbalances.
Unfortunately for authentic aromatherapists the word “aromatherapy” has become highly commercialised in recent years causing a common misconception of what it really is.
Today many people consider aromatherapy to be about scented candles, fragrant plug-ins, sprays and perfume oils. This is often termed as ‘recreational aromatherapy’ but authentic aromatherapy is so much more than that! It is a comprehensive healthcare modality that utilises pure therapeutic essential oils, carefully extracted from plants (usually by steam or water distillation) to induce the body’s own intrinsic healing power.
Pure essential oils support the body in achieving what it does naturally – seeking homeostasis and balance.
It is also really sad to see some commercial suppliers passing off their products under the label of “aromatherapy” when they don’t even use pure essential oils at all, or if they do it is often in only minute quantities.
Although essential oils may be strong and often pleasant to smell, aromatherapy is not primarily about aroma, but rather it is the processes that occur in the body after its application. Aromatherapy enables the body’s own healing power at the cellular level, allowing the body’s systems to balance, repair and restore health.
It is a comprehensive healthcare modality that utilises pure therapeutic essential oils, carefully extracted from plants usually by steam or water distillation, to evoke the body’s own intrinsic healing power. Pure essential oils support the body in achieving what it does naturally – seeking homeostasis and balance.
Ancient cultures such as Egypt, India, China and Persia used aromatic plants for health, healing, prayer, beauty and purification.
During the 1800’s when tuberculosis took millions of lives, it was noticed that people who worked in the herb and flower fields did not become ill. It was theorised that the medicinal qualities of the plants protected them, and this is what led to the first scientific studies on the antimicrobial effects of aromatherapy and essential oils. Today modern scientists are validating what those ancient people knew…that essential oils are highly unique substances and that they may address some of the yet unsolved challenges of western healthcare. Scientific studies confirm that aromatherapy oils may calm, energize, balance, rejuvenate, repair, and purify the mind and body. Other aromatherapy health benefits include reducing pain and inflammation, easing stress, boosting the immune system, acting as quick intervention for colds and flu, combating mould and airborne germs and neutralising toxins.
There are countless ways to take charge of your own health with the holistic system of aromatherapy, but make sure the essential oils you use are 100% pure and not extended with other materials.
Better still find a professional Aromatherapist. A professional can teach you which oils are genuine and what choices suit your individual needs most appropriately. A clinical aromatherapist can also identify contraindications and provide accurate safety guidelines for best use and benefit. Aromatherapy protocols with essential oils can be a very powerful adjunct to conventional medical treatments.
There are several application methods in which essential oils may be used in aromatherapy. Take a look at our guide to using essential oils to learn more about how nature’s kindest gifts can be used for many ailments.After 6,000 years of proven use, aromatherapy is more viable and valuable than ever as we face challenges without many favourable and versatile allopathic answers. Aromatherapy addresses many issues within a completely natural, drug-free, holistic context. And when used as directed, there are no negative side effects.