What is Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the practice of using naturally extracted essences of aromatic plants to promote the health and well-being of your body, mind, and emotions. Pure essential oils, contain the vital life force of fragrant botanical plants and are the key to success with aromatherapy, they can restore the balance and harmony to your body and mind.
Essential oils are essences that are extracted from the bark, leaves, petals, resins, rinds, roots, seeds, stalks and steams of certain aromatic plants. Essentials oils are what give plants their characteristic smells. Essential oils are not oils in the same sense of vegetable oils like almond, olive or sunflower oils. Sometimes called volatile oils because they evaporate when exposed to air.
Sometimes essentials oils are referred to as plant essences. The word essence can mean Heart, Soul or Spirit. Indeed essential oils are the heart, soul and spirit of aromatic plants as they contain vital energy and the life force of the plants. Essential oil are nature’s oldest medicine.
Essential oils are amazingly supportive to our health and vitality. All essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, antibiotic, and antiseptic. It fortify our immune, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, and skin systems.
Most fruits, except citrus fruit do not produce essential oils for example apple, banana mango, raspberry, pineapple and many more. Scientists in chemistry labs synthesise these fragrance from petrol chemicals or fossil fuels. They are inappropriate for inhalation or therapeutic purposes.
What aromatherapy can do for you
Through essential oils, nature provides us a network of therapeutic plant essences that have valuable healing properties. This highly concentrated oils are ideal for treating an array of physical, mental and emotional problems. Aromatherapy works with your body in a very natural, holistic way. Helps to restore balance to your body, mind and spirits, enhancing the quality of your life and improve your health, body and mind to function more efficiently. Boosting your immune systems.
Storing and handling essential oil
Storing your essential oils properly will protect their freshness and effectiveness, while extending their shelf life. Always keep it in dark bottles always from light and heat as it will affect the properties of essential oils. Essential oils are very volatile and evaporate while exposed to air. Oxygen can compromise their quality or change their chemical composition. Always keep your essential oil bottle in a upright position to prevent the oils from touching the plastic or rubber droppers.
How Essential Oils works
Essential oils work on several different levels, the first way they affect people is through the sense of smell. Odours can trigger the production of hormones that govern appetite, bodily functions, insulin production, overall metabolism, stress level, sex drive and temperate.
The limbic system also influences immunity. In addition limbic system interact with the neocortex area of the brain, and odour can affect conscious thoughts and reactions.
The limbic system affects the nervous system as well. Desires, motivation, moods, intuition, and creativity all originate within the limbic system, smells can improve your psychological disposition, in addition to enhancing your physical health. Research shows that people who surround themselves with pleasant scents enjoy higher self-esteem and an increased sense of well-being.