Aromatherapy, or essential oils therapy, is using a plant’s aroma-producing oils (essential oils) to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots. The oils are mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol, or lotion) and then put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Aromatherapy as used today originated in Europe and has been practiced there since the early 1900s.
Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating.
The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. Another theory suggests that the fragrance of certain oils may stimulate the body to produce anti-viral, anti-bacterial and pain-fighting substances.
What is Essential Oils Therapy used for?
Essential Oils may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, bacterial/viral infections, digestive problems and high blood pressure. But so far science has not dedicated sufficient resources to validate many of the benefits of essential oils which are known throughout history long before biblical times.
For centuries, essential oils of plants have been used for their mysterious healing properties. These oils are pure, concentrated, volatile essences, which are naturally present in plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, grasses, roots, etc.
When synthetic drugs were invented, the use of plants & herbs for their therapeutic properties declined. However, in the last couple of decades, there has been a reawakening to the powerful uses of Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet. There are a myriad of health benefits to using pure, therapeutic grade 100% essential oils. They help protect the body, boost the immune system, revitalize the mind and influence mood, without the negative side effects commonly associated with synthetic drugs. For example, you will find it hard to find someone suffering from a Lavender addiction.
Now is time to educate our clients at The B.R.E.A.T.H Center on the medicinal benefits and use of essential oils. Our educational sessions are designed to guide our clients on the proper use of these healing oils, a gift from God through Mother Nature. The better educated our clients are, the better their lives can be as they bring the body’s environment back to a natural, rather than synthetic, nature.
One of the greatest benefits of using pure essential oils is that we are giving our immune system a boost in combating the diseases and pollutions we have to face in this filthy world we live in. Prevention is always better than a cure.
Essential oils are absorbed into the body a couple of ways:
• When massaged into the skin, essential oils are quickly absorbed into the pores. From there they move rapidly through the cells and are diffused into the bloodstream.
• When the scent is inhaled, it enters the nose, moves to brain which activates healing messages and to the lining of the lungs, where it is then absorbed into the bloodstream
At The B.R.E.A.T.H Center, we offered specialized therapeutic protocols for various conditions using high quality, pure essential oils. We believe that a natural approach to certain health conditions offers great benefit to the body’s healing process. Whether the client is being treated by his/her health provider i.e. physician, psychologist, we will be happy to coordinate with a client’s health practitioner about a protocol using essential oils.