The medicinal and aromatic characteristics provide both healing and balancing qualities.
They are absorbed through the olfactory system and skin.
Smell and touch are the most effective senses of the body and Aromatherapy utilizes both with the use of massage and essential oils.
Aromatology: Aromatology is the study and use of essential oils without the massage component or for individuals already qualified in or currently studying a recognized discipline or modality.
Aromacology: The main component here is oils for mood enhancing, physically and emotionally uplifting aromatic oils.
Inhalation is the most common method of experiencing sensory benefits.
Scents responding to the olfactory nerve, unlock odour memory and release emotions.
Adding oils to diffusers for inhalation as a vapor is another effective method.
What is an Essential Oil: Defined as highly concentrated, volatile extracts obtained from aromatic plants.
They are extracted from flowers, herbs, resins and spices by a distillation process.
Other methods of extraction include expression or solvent extraction.
They are potent antibacterial and antiseptic agents.
They are highly odoriferous and evaporate in the open air.
Chemically, essential oils are made up of a large number of elements most of which are known but others have yet to be discovered and chemist are unable to reconstitute an essential oil with 100% accuracy.
They are mainly used in cosmetics, soaps, perfume, cleaning products, incense and sometimes for flavoring food and drink.
Not to be confused with fixed or carrier oils, their consistency is more like water than oil.
Essential oils do not stain clothing nor do they leave an oil mark on paper.
They are usually colorless but some can be dark red or brownish, yellow or gold, blue or green.
The use of Aromatherapy is the result of collective knowledge gained over thousands of years from many contributing countries.
Their medicinal capabilities and therapeutic properties are known and recognized all over the world.
All essential oils contain anti viral, anti bacterial and fungicidal qualities.
Aromatherapy & Aromatology Advantages:
- Treatments and be adapted to the client's needs
- Effective, fast and reliable
- 100% natural as long as authentic oils are used
- Few side effects (Check for any contraindications)
- Can be used in many ways such as massage, inhalations, creams/lotions or a compress
They are not meant to be used in a hap-hazard manner.
They are completely safe substances when properly used within certain guidelines.
However, many of the oils are potentially harmful if miss used.
Just one drop of rose oil contains the energy of 30 roses and it is said that 1 drop of essential oil has the value of 25 cups of herbal infusion.
Wintergreen, a toxic oil, can cause death when only 15ml has be ingested orally.
There are very toxic oils and semi toxic oils here are some examples.
- Cedar Wood
Also if you continually use the same oil, over time you can become sensitive to it.