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What are Essential Oils?

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aromaEssential oils are a precious gift from Nature. They are very concentrated and powerful and are greatly diluted before use in aromatherapy.

Essential oils are rarely used in their original, concentrated form but are always taken into the body via a carrier substance. This can be anything which takes the oils into the body, air, water, vegetable oils, lotions and creams are all carriers.

When we breathe in the fragrance of an essential oil, some of its molecules travel to the lungs, pass through the lining and into the bloodstream, where they travel around the body. Other molecules take an upward route to the brain, which receives a healing message - to relax or energise, for example - and transmits the appropriate signal along the nerve channels of the body.

benefits of aroma

Aromatherapy is not a new phenomenon, it has been around for thousands of years, however the term aromatherapy was coined by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic that was published in 1937. He had previously discovered the healing potential of lavender in treating burns when badly burning his hand.

When choosing Essential oils for a blend, oils are divided into 3 different “notes”. Top notes are more citrus oils, lighter oils that will evaporate more quickly, middle notes are more balanced notes, they help “merge” the other two notes  and base notes are grounding, earthy oils that take longest to evaporate (and sometimes the longest to get out of the bottle)! Any oils can be combined to make the blend you need, but I tend to like adding a middle note when I can to help the blend.

Aromatherapy mainly works through the sense of smell, the aroma stimulates the smell receptors in the olfactory system (nose), which will then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system which is the part of the brain that controls emotions. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefits.

Therefore, using it the following ways will help you benefit from the properties of the oils:

  • diffusing
  • aromatherapy sprays
  • inhalers
  • bath salts
  • body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application
  • face creams or oils

Aromatherapy can help you physically, emotionally and mentally and can be used to help:

  • managing pain
  • improving sleep quality
  • reducing stress, agitation and anxiety
  • soothing sore joints

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