Aromatherapy is based on millennia-old methods for promoting individual health and wellness. It makes use of the plants’ abilities to strengthen our vitality by using essential oils and other aromatic compounds (such as absolutes) extracted from them. Aromatic plants are producing essential oils in the cells which carry specialized glands for them. Due to increased interest in holistic health, extracted oils have increased in popularity in cosmetics and complementary medicine, to balance mind-body activities and to promote wellness.
Although the term “aroma” sounds like that essential oils are applied only through breath, they can be used also topical on the skin from which they are effectively absorbed into the body by approximately 20-90 minutes, or they can be enjoyed internally. Essential oils can be recommended for internal use only by consulting qualified specialist. Whether they were utilized by inhalation or through the skin, essential oils have became increasingly popular as a complementary therapy for infections, stress, skin allergies, sunburns and to restore hormone balance and to promote the general health. Oils can help blood circulation, fluid circulation and the metabolism. They affect the cells in chemical but also in energetic level, making them most effective remedies in the nature.
Water repellent essential oils are usually extracted via steam distillation, getting aromatic components based on differences in volatile constituents in a heated mixture. It involves bubbling steam through the plant material and it is ideal for sensitive oils, because the temperature is easy to control. Other methods used to create pure essential oils are dry distillation, vacuum distillation, destructive distillation and expression. Expression method makes cold pressed oils as it is obtained by using high mechanical pressure to squeeze the oil from the plant material, allowing better in purity and flavour than by steam distillation.
Ingredients for essential oils can be distilled from the seeds, peels, stems, roots and flowers. Approximately ten percent of the World’s plant species are aromatic, including ingredients which protect plants against diseases, mildew, wounds and drying. The purest essential oils will not leave any residues on the skin. They have been exploited through the history in many cultures due to benefits for the holistic health and wellness.
Every oil contains a specific combination of active ingredients, and this combination determines how it can be used. Some of the oils are used to promote physical health, such as edema and to treat fungal infections, while other oils are utilized due to emotional value – they can relax and cause a pleasure. For example, oil from orange flower contains large doses of sedative ingredients, while fennel contains the female hormone estrogen and firms the skin effectively, and melaleuca, in turn, is strongly antiseptic.
Essential oils offer a safe, natural, effective help for issues with general health and wellness, from allergies and headaches to insomnia and digestion. Photo in right side descripes in more detail how aromatherapeutic products can be used.
Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic and ritualistic purposes. They were used, for example, in order to facilitate reaching a trance, as an incense to enjoy their smell, for body treatment to reduce the effects of aging, to repel insects, and embalming the corpses for thousands of years. The Bible also mentions that frankincense and myrrh for child Jesus. Distillation of essential oils started to become common methods in Europe as early as 1100’s. Essential oils were widely used during the great plague for epidemic disinfection of the premises. The use of aromatherapy and herbal knowledge peaked during the 17th century.
Science of aromatherapy started in early 20th century when French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the healing properties of lavender oil and analyzed the chemical properties of essential oils while they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers all over the World began using aromatherapy. It gained more popularity during the 1980s and today many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, those products should be used with caution, because many them contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.
If you want to try out some oils, you can order dōTERRA‘s introductory kit, collection of most easiest and fastest way to promote your health while getting experience from the benefits and usage of various oils. dōTERRA is offering several great options to start with effective way to help yourself and even earning money while doing so. If you got interested, you can also read frequently asked questions about aromatherapy, essential oils and dōTERRA before you make decision whether to give it a try or if you are considering to join dōTERRA as a Wellness Advocate. You are also welcome to connect with Yumi for personal consultation.