most common interpretation of the word "Aromatherapy" would be to
define it as therapy
which uses aroma or scent.
While this seems to be the mainstream philosophy, in reality, it is not
simply the aroma, or psychological effect of the aroma, but also the
pharmacological and physiological effects that only the pure Essential
Oil can induce within the body systems that makes it therapeutic.
Many products are sold today as "aromatherapy" when in reality they are
just products with fragrance added to enhance the senses.
Fragrance oils are synthetic and have no therapeutic value although
their odor can affect the emotions through olfaction.
Essential Oils on the other hand affect not only the senses but also
the body system as a whole bringing balance and harmony to the body
through various applications of the oil.
Pure Essential Oils are the pure, unadulterated oil that is extracted
from the plant, tree, roots, stem, etc. of the living plant through
various methods of distillation.
Essential Oils are the life "essence" of the plant and therefore have
the natural, healing properties contained within them.
These volatile, concentrated essences are contained in the glands,
glandular hairs, sacs or veins of the different plant parts. They
contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins,
and other natural elements which are produced in the chloroplasts of
the leaves (the place where light and matter are combined through
photosynthesis.) Plant sugars help to move the chloroplast to different
parts of the plant. These oils help to attract or repel insects etc and
their antiseptic properties guard them against fungi and bacteria.
Essential Oils are phytochemicals with specific biological properties
such as anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, etc.
Essential Oils are used for various purposes. They can stimulate or
sedate, relieve anxiety and stress, boost the immune system, relax
muscles, stimulate circulation etc. They have antibacterial, antiviral,
antiseptic properties that aid in the healing process but are less
toxic than synthetic antibiotics.
purpose of Aromatherapy is to enhance, restore and heal the body on
all levels, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Health can be defined as having all body systems in balance. Disease
happens when the body stops functioning in a balanced way.
Aromatherapy helps to strengthen the body systems and assists in the
self-healing process bringing the body back into balance or harmony.
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