Aromatherapy has been called the fragrant pharmacy.
Aromatherapy is not smell-a-healing. This therapy is the practice of using the natural essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance physical and psychological well-being of the patient. If anything in this world is holistic, it is the balanced use of the essential oils’ electrical, magnetic and molecular effects on the human body.
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, author, Advanced Aromatherapy, gives us the science of essential oil therapy, the history of aromatherapy, and the science of how the inner reaction of essential oils works in the body. The essential oil uses are explained but the list is endless.
There are three different models of therapeutic treatment using these applications of essential oils:
• The first model advocates diluting a small amount of essential oil into vegetable oil and massaging the body for the purpose of relieving stress and relaxation.
• The second model prescribes taking the therapeutic grade oils orally and massaging the prescribed oil into the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.
• The third model focuses on the inhalation of essential oils. The fragrance of essential oils can be very stimulating both psychologically and physically. The ability of essential oils act on both mind and body and is what makes them unique among natural therapeutic agents.
Unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not remain in the body. They leave no toxins behind. Essential oils used in the diffuser does a greater job than air fresheners or commercial products, as they cleanse the air by altering the structure of the molecules creating the smells rather than masking unwanted smells.
The explanation of how essential oils work starts with, “in nature, we often observe synergistic effects of multiple compounds in a bouquet of chemical messengers.” Chemical messengers at the molecular level, stimulates the atoms within, that generate electricity, eventually sending the message to the brain. The brain easily determines what part of the body needs to receive the benefit of the electrical energy that is generated. Our entire body is controlled and works through electrical impulses, the aroma given off from essential oils can start this electrical process. Aromatherapy is the study and application of this process.
The first recipe for aromatherapy using essential oils was given to Moses, to create an anointing oil of flowing myrrh, sweet cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil. This recipe created an antiviral, antibiotic oil that gave protection and treatment to all that it was administered.
The sense of smell goes far beyond the nose, nasal passage and the olfactory nerves, aromatherapy goes the rest of the way.
The caress of touches when combined the sense of smell creates an electrical signal that stimulates the brain, memory, sex and healing.
It is no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, that they took full advantage of the many uses of aromatic oils. In the first century, Rome received over 2500 tons of frankincense and over 450 tons of myrrh from Arabia.
Greece also surrendered their medicinal use of oregano oil for the Roman army to combat infection in the battlefield. History of aromatherapy dates back to the time of the Neanderthal according to archaeological evidence found in Shanidar Iraq.
Hippocrates taught that it is not enough to anticipate an illness to cure it; one must teach good health to preserve it as aromatics have always played a leading part in the maintenance of health.
Dr. Jean Valnet, author of The Practice of Aromatherapy, describes essential oils as aromatic essences that are volatile, oily, fragrant substances which can be obtained from various plants. “… We find ourselves brought back to the medicine of ordinary simple folk, our ancestors.” The sole objective of the research, this book, throughout its entirety is to impart useful information while remaining scientific.” More than 500 plants are used in Europe for medicinal purposes, perhaps thousands are used worldwide. Most of the plants used in official medicine only have local reputations with centuries of use.
Aromatherapy expert, Julia Lawless, author of Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, “… Alternative therapies such as aromatherapy is not new or a modern technique. This therapy is based on ancient medical systems and have been built up over thousands of years from accumulated empirical evidence. Medical herbalism and the use of aromatic remedies in particular are very much older forms of treatment than Western allopathic, or Orthodox, medicine. Unlike many modern drugs, client remedies have been tried and tested over generations, and any side effects or environmental consequences carefully noted. Herbal medicine and aromatherapy consequently represent a return to nature being based on principles requiring ecological awareness. This therapy embraces a holistic approach to health. Aromatherapy massage is a multifaceted form of treatment where pleasing scented aromatic oils produce both psychological and physiological effects as they are rubbed into the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream.”
Dr. Judy Griffin, author of Flowers that Heal, reveals that essential oils especially work through the circulatory and lymphatic systems to enhance immunity, change endocrines, hormones, and brain neural transmission. The skin is the largest organ of the body that does the job of detoxifying, breaking down environmental pollutants, vapors, chemicals and body fluids. Natural essential oils mellows attitudes, neutralizes negative emotions that create toxins and detoxify metabolic waste. These oils can be applied to the skin, in baths and as aromatic sprays.
These scientific results surfaced at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, Texas to reduce pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and stress, in cancer patients. This complementary aroma health program for people with chronic pain, cancer, pulmonary, cardiac, sickle cell, chemically dependent, and palliative care continues at Baylor. Essential oils for pain, blood pressure, and breathing time are still being researched.
Essential oils (the soul of a plant) placed on key points on the skin can ‘jump-start’ the immune response and that affects brain chemistry. Topical use is 250 times more powerful than what we smell. Aroma therapy is similar to the practice of organic food consumption, little by little things change.
Civilization has created a modern man that eats fast, lives unhealthy, and is exposed to an exorbitant amount of toxins from our high-tech surroundings. We started out clothed in nature. We lived in the Green zone and today we suffer from the loss of nature. Aromatherapy comes to the rescue. Aromatherapy is the stepping-stone from our toxin laced techno-civilization back to the benefits of our original home of forests, lakes and mountains. Aromatherapy mends the gap of separation of mind, emotion, body and soul.
In 1955 Keller and Kober found essential oils effective in controlling the number of bacteria in room air. Beyond Antibiotics, Berkeley, California 1993. They found 21 essential oils that when sprayed in an enclosed area drastically reduced or eliminated the presence of the following microorganisms: Escherichia coli, Eberthella thyphosa, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Straphylococcus aureus, Bacillus megatherium, Chorynebacterium diphtheriae, and Candida albicans.
Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi, author, Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, says, “essential oils absorbed by the skin can reach organs to be treated through the connective and lymphatic tissues and the circulatory system.” Essential oils properly administered and received by the olfactory nerve system, using the sense of smell can be transmitted directly to the brain which controls every organ in the body.
Today Aromatherapy has become popular and practiced worldwide. D. Gary Young, ND, promoter, entrepreneur and marketeer extraordinaire, has built a multilevel sales empire promoting essential oils. His business was so lucrative that his administration decided to branch off and emulate this multilevel scheme. It too has become successful. The multilevel ideology built a large sales force of part time people that retail from their home. Essential oils must be marked up 3 to 5 times the normal retail price in order to pay the sales commissions for several layers of the multilevel organization.
So Where Do I Buy Essential oils?
1. Essential oils for personal or professional aromatherapy use needs to be 100% pure to the botanical name on the label. No blend, mixture or adulteration of the desired oil should be accepted. Of course YOU can use the pure oils to mix or complete your own recipes.
2. Buy from a reputable company that is established with a long history of honorable merchandising, and offers pure, organic essential oils, at a reasonable price.
3. And purchase from a company that has a satisfaction money back guarantee.
These three steps assures that you will get the best essential oils where the price never exceeds the quality.