Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses the volatile aromatic plant essences, known as essential oils, to treat ill-health and help maintain good health. Aromatherapy as used today, originated in Europe and has been practiced here since the early 1900s. It is now finding popularity world-wide.
Essential oils are manufactured in the leaves of aromatic plants during the process of photosynthesis and then stored in a variety of places, such as in the flowers, leaves, fruit, seeds, etc, depending on the plant. They are extracted by a variety of methods, including distillation and expression. Each essential oil is made up of a unique mixture of chemical components which result in its individual therapeutic properties.
The term “essential oil therapy” might more accurately be used, as today, aromatherapists use the essential oils in a variety of therapeutic applications. Massage in particular has become an integral part of the therapeutic treatment.
The effects of the essential oils can be multiple:-
♦ Physically, by their pharmacological effects on the systems of the body once absorbed.
♦ Emotionally, by their effect on the brain via their interaction with the olfactory system.
♦ Energetically (or spiritually) via their vibrational interaction with the energy flows within the body.
There is an increasing volume of research showing positive results on health following the use of aromatherapy. It is particularly effective for the prevention of stress and the treatment of chronic stress-related illness.