Aromatherapy is a method of healing
using very concentrated essential oils which are
exracted from plants and are often highly aromatic.
It can help create and maintain physical, mental,
emotional,spiritual, and social well being of a
person. Characteristics of the essential
oils used in aromatherapy is similar to that of
perfumes as it consists of the smell of which ever
plant is used to make it.
Artificial oils are those that have been poorly
distilled, or have other ingredients added to them are not
healthy and might harm the user. Proper aromatherapy only uses
the highest quality essential oils and works not only from the
scent, but also from applying the oils through massage,
bathing, or skin care products.
Aromatherapy is holistic and enjoyable as it
can cater to the different needs of every person. It is the use
of pure essential oils, all of which have scents in both health
and beauty treatments. Aromatherapy is extremely
effective as it affects mind, body, and psyche all at
the same time.
massage therapists, estheticians and physicians who have
received proper training in aromatherapy is well equipped with
the knowledge of the bio-chemical effect of each oil.
Aromatherapy is used in hospitals, clinics and home care to aid
treatment for a wide range of illnesses. When used at home,
aromatherapy can prevent the spread of flu, infections, create
a peaceful atmosphere,repel mosquitoes, use as first aid for
cuts, burns and bruises.
There have been evidence from the ancient
civilizations of Egypt, China, and Persia that show that plant
essences were used and valued by priests, physicians and
healers. Plant essences have been used throughout the ages for
healing in incense during religious rituals, perfumes,
embalming ointments and for culinary purposes.
Throughout the course of human history the
healing properties if plants and their essential oils has
been recognized and most people probably had some knowledge
about their use. However in recent years, there has been a
great rekindling of interest in the practice of aromatherapy
with many people using it as a form of treatment.
Some raw materials of essential oils include
Allspice berry, Almond seed, Anise seed, Basil leaf, Bay leaf,
Bergamot peel, Camphor wood, Cedar wood, Celery seed, Chamomile
flower, Cassia bark Citronella Cinnamon leaf or bark Clary sage
flowering tops Clove bud Cumin seed Eucalyptus leaf
Frankincense resin Geranium flower Ginger rhizome Grapefruit
peel Hyssop flower Jasmine flower Juniper berry Lavender flower
Lemon peelLemon grass leaf Manuka flower Marjoram flower
Melaleuca leaves Myrrh resin Nutmeg oil seed Orange, peel,
flower (neroli), leaf (petitgrain) Oregano leaf Patchouli leaf
Peppermintleaf Pine leaf Rose flower Rosemary leafRosewood wood
Common sage leaf Sandalwood wood Spearmint leaf Tangerine peel
Tea tree leaf Thyme leafWintergreen leaf Ylang-ylang