It can move our souls, bring back memories, calm our minds, and set the stage for romance. Perhaps the secret lies deep in the most ancient core of our brain- the limbic system. It processes our sense of smell, and also controls our “autonomic” nervous system- our breath, our heartbeat. Scent can affect the autonomic nervous system, causing the breath to deepen and slow, which in turn, calms the heart.
Many illnesses begin in the mind, and the benefit of aromatherapy is that it helps ease the unconscious causes of distress. Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils to stimulate both psychological and physical benefits. Essential oils are not perfume or frangrance oils- they are literally the pure “essence” of a plant, and are unadulterated by any artificial or chemical ingredients. Not all ready made aromatherapy products labeled with the word “aromatherapy” are pure and natural. Avoid products which use “fragrances” or chemical ingredients. True aromatherapy products will contain only essential oils, and other natural ingredients.
Essential oils have a rich, natural aroma, which can offer either relaxing or stimulating psychological benefits by triggering the brain (perhaps in the same way phermones do, by stimulating the release of subtle hormones.) The components of the oils also enter the lungs, and oils applied to the skin absorb into the bloodstream, providing actual physical benefits. But essential oils must be used with care- they are very concentrated, and in pure form, can irritate the skin. They are commonly diluted with “carrier” oils such as sweet almond, apricot kernal, grapeseed, or jojoba, and stored in brown or blue glass bottles to protect potency.
Essential oils are often blended together to form “synergies”. Properly blended in the right proportions, synergies can be of greater benefit than the individual oils used seperately. That is the art of an aromatherapist, and their special blends are often closely guarded professional secrets.
Experimenting with aromatherapy can be a fun way to add a rich, calming sense of beauty to your life!
Skin irritation, congested skin, psoriasis, flatulance, anemia, detoxifying rheumatism, gout, fatigue and stress relief, insight, mediation and Angels.
Aids digestion, antiseptic, eases headaches and respiratory problems, muscle relaxant. Stimulating and uplifitng, balancing, clears the mind.
Clears oily skin and acne, dermatitis, antiseptic, soothes cold sores, aids digestion, cold, flu, antiseptic, immune system booster. An uplifiting fragrance, anti-depressant.
Excellent for wrinkle smoothing, revitalizing mature skin, healing eczema, psoriasis. Contains Vitamins A, C, B1, B2. Mood stabilizing and vitalizing, uplifting.
Balances combination and oily skin, heals acne, rashes, excellent hair and scalp tonic. Eases coughs and bronchitis. Good for grounding, sedating, relaxing, and balancing.
Soothing acne, sensitive and delicate skin, eczema, heals wounds and burns, eases muscle pain, anti-inflammatory. The fragrance is calming and sleep inducing.
Strong antiseptic, aids poor circulation, muscle aches, colds, flu, etc. A male aphrodisiac. Stimulating and warming, psychic powers and protection.
Antiseptic, treats colds and flus and anusea. Use to relieve tooth and gum pain. Useful with acne and bruises. Wear to attract the opposite sex, or to repel negativity.
beneficial for acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis, digestion and circulation. Calming, soothing, and warm.
Astringent and antiseptic for oily, skin, tonic. Helps break up cellulite, aids circulation. Excellent for relaxing, tension and anger reduction, assists life transitions.
Treats fungal infections, cleans wounds, antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericidal, colds, flu, fever. Strengthening, invigorating and uplifting.
Treats bruises, cellulite, cellulitis, asthma. Detoxifying and antiseptic. Courage, strength, and energy, uplifting and cheerful.
Heals dry and mature skin tonic, scars, antiseptic, very rejuvinating. Aids digestive, diuretic, tonic, astringent. Meditative and calming, sedative, aids inner guidance.
Tissue toning, treats congested skin, cellulitis, diuretic, digestive, antiseptic, liver tonic. Relieves nervous exhaustion and stress, joyful and energizing.
Very emollient, softens scars. Antirheumatic, hypotension, diuretic. Stimulates lymphatic system, helps relieve emotional grief.
Antiseptic,very hydrating t dry and sensitive skin, softens scars. Aphrodisiac, emotionally warming and balancing.
Skin toning, antispetic, clears oily complexion. Detoxifying, diuretic, arthritis, flatulence, strengthens immune system. Relieves nervous tension, strengthening and expansive.