Aromatherapy Is Everywhere
If you’ve ever used Vicks VapoRub™ for congestion, liniment for muscle strains, Halls Mentho-lyptus™ for a sore throat or Noxema™ to cleanse your skin, you’ve already been using aromatherapy and didn’t even know it!
Despite its ancient roots, aromatherapy is being re-discovered in our modern world as we seek to return to a more natural, holistic lifestyle. Modern scientific research continues to verify not only the emotional but the physical benefits of aromatherapy, causing this field to gain new respect and attention.
About Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the use of the chemical components of essential oils extracted from plants to treat physical, mental and emotional concerns. Most prescribed medications (which are synthetic) have their origin from plants. That’s why it only makes sense that using the raw plant materials can be just as effective — without the side effects of many prescription medications.[hr]
– N.C., Reims, France
Essential oils are frequently referred to as the “bloodstream” of a plant and are typically extracted at the location where the plant is protected. For example, citrus essential oils, such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, are extracted from the peel, as it is the peel that protects the plant. It’s a misconception that the oils always come from the flower of the plant. This is true for some essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, but essential oil can be extracted from many parts of the plant, including the berries or the bark.
When we extract these essential oils from the various parts of the plants, we are taking the essence of the plant, including its nutrients and chemicals, which is why they’re called essential oils. These essentials contain chemical compounds that are valuable in healing. Once you understand that synthetic prescription drugs have a chemical composition similar to essential oils, using essential oils begins to make more sense.
Effectiveness of Essential Oils
Essential oils are typically either applied directly to the skin, or inhaled through the mucous membranes which allows the natural chemicals to be directly available to the bloodstream. Because the oils are not ingested, their potency is not reduced by the digestive enzymes, thus enabling the healing process to start right away.
Just the Right Blend
By mixing the right essential oils in just the right proportions, aromatherapists can create blends to address a host of health and beauty concerns. Essential oils are often too potent to be used full strength directly on the skin, so diluting essential oils in water, a carrier oil or lotion are excellent ways to safely use essential oils.
When essential oils are applied to the skin, they are completely absorbed and penetrate deeply into the body. They are then carried by the bloodstream to specific organs and systems where they have the ability to enhance natural functions of the body.
In skin care, essential oils can act as natural rejuvenating agents, which facilitate the elimination of waste matter and dead cells and promote the regeneration of new and healthy cells.
Leave It to the Pros
Just because they’re found in nature, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to exercise care when using essential oils. Essential oils are potent and concentrated extracts and are approximately 75-100 times more concentrated than a dried plant. Pure essential oils from plants must appear in the product in quantities considered therapeutic and should ideally be of the finest quality.
A trained aromatherapist understands the therapeutic properties of each plant that offer natural healing actions and knows the appropriate use of each essential oil, including how to blend oils properly. This allows them to create safe and effective aromatherapy solutions.
Here at Aromatherapy Solutions we apply our years of training and experience to every blend we sell, preparing the aromatherapy solutions only after you order them to make sure you get the most effective products possible. View our entire product line here.