Not just nice smells…
Aromatherapy is the “subtle science and exact art” of using plant essential oils with therapeutic intent. These oils are extracted by distillation and other methods and are extremely potent and complex essences produced by the plant in order for it to better survive and thrive throughout its life. Many of the physical properties of essential oils are therefore very useful to us, they can be moisturising and emollient, promote better blood circulation, combat inflammation, fight bacteria, viruses and fungal infections, promote wound healing and formation of healthy tissue, to name but a few. In order for you to benefit from these essences they are used in various ways:
- Aromatherapy products – oils are added to ointments, creams, lotions, shampoos or other body products to be used at home
- Massage treatment or reflexology – essential oils are added to a carrier oil or wax and massaged into the skin to be absorbed by the body.
…but also nice smells!
As well as being absorbed by the skin, essential oils are also inhaled and absorbed via our sense of smell. Oils therefore directly access a part of the brain known as the limbic system which is involved with our basic emotional drives. This is why smells can be so evocative and produce strong reactions in us and the skilled aromatherapist can take advantage of this by using oils which can have very direct emotional effects, being calming, uplifting, stimulating, comforting for example.
Please note – I source all my oils and aromatherapy products from suppliers who work directly with growers in order to ensure that they are of the highest quality possible and have been responsibly and ethically produced at a fair price for all. I do my utmost to ensure that no product I use has been tested on any animal apart from myself.