Aromatherapy is a modern alternative therapy with a history as old as time itself. It is based upon the healing and relaxing effects that arise from the use of many scents. It is similar to the use of herbal remedies and organic medicines, with the main difference being the mode of delivery.
The term “aromatherapy” was initially coined by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist from the early 1900’s. He described his seemingly miraculous burn cure as “Aroma-therapie” and published his findings about the uses of aromatic extracts for various therapies in 1937.
The use of scents and scented oils for therapeutic means has been around at least as long as any human records and remains. Such practices are described in the Old Testament of the Bible and the remnants have been unearthed in the ancient burial grounds of many cultures.
While many uses and types of scents are popular, including the use of candles, perfume and air fresheners, true aromatherapy uses essential oils. These oils are extracted from various types of plants, with the method of extraction depending upon the type of plant in use.
In aromatherapy, the essential oils are used in a variety of methods, some diluted and some full-strength to provide a variety of therapeutic results. Some of the ways these oils can be diluted are:
In water as a spray. A few drops of oil per ounce of water can be sprayed on the body or into the air.
In a bath. Add a few drops of essential oil to a bath, or blending with bath salts.
In alcohol. Add a few drops of oil to rubbing alcohol or vodka and dab onto locations of the body. Do not drink this mixture.
With salt. Combine essential oil with Epsom salt and natural sea salt. Use in bath or add olive oil to make a salt rub.
In lotion. Add up to 5% essential oil to natural unscented lotion or body cream. Mix with any type of carrier oil, for a variety of uses.
Through evaporation. Simply pour the oil into a jar and let it evaporate into the air.
Aromatherapy can also be used directly by applying the essential oil onto a cloth and holding it near a person’s nose.
Aromatherapy has a wide variety of ways to be used, including baths, evaporating into the air through a diffuser, use in a nebulizer or in a lotion. Rubbing the oil onto the body through a therapeutic massage is one of the most popular methods. The oil can be diluted through the use of carrier oils, lotions or salt for these massages.
Dawn has a new favorite blend called M-Grain and she uses it in her Massage Therapy room in her diffuser , as well as incorporating it into some of her Massage Therapy sessions along with lotion and also as part of a Cold Stone therapy session for headache sufferers.
Basil : decongestant properties (to help address food triggers).
Marjoram : analgesic, sedative and anti-spasmodic properties (to help address stress and tension triggers)
Lavender : pain relief, relaxation,anti-inflammatory, sedative and anti-bacterial properties (to help address environmental triggers, hormonal imbalance triggers).
Peppermint decongestant properties (to help address food triggers, environmental triggers).
Roman Chamomile : anti-inflammatory and sedative properties (to address environmental triggers).
Helichrysum : anti-inflammatory properties (to address tension & stress triggers).
Aromatherapy is an ancient practice with a modern popularity. It can encompass nearly every aspect of a person’s day, from sleeping to bathing, and through scents in the air or on the body. And if you’re interested in getting some high quality essential oils for yourself, please go to our Member Signup page at YoungLiving and enter our Sponsor/Enroller ID 1344524 at check out.
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Dawn and Kate