Aromatherapy is the practice of using the essential oils (the essential living energy) extracted from flowers, barks, stems, leaves, roots and other parts of the plant to promote physiological and physical health and well-being. Since ancient times the aromas from plants and flowers have lifted our senses, calmed our spirit and inspired us. We know that for at least 6000 years many cultures have been using essential oils to add scent into perfumes and beauty products and has been used in healing and spiritual rituals, such as the smudging with sage in Native American traditions. Today we can hardly walk through any store without catching the scent in candles, lotions, and incense – reminding us that we use scent in our everyday lives without even thinking of it as aromatherapy. Most of us will not even buy dish soap without a pleasing scent. We love pleasant smells!
What happens when we smell and why is scent so powerful? The smell receptors in our nose communicate to the part of our brain that stores our memories and emotions. Since energy and body work helps us release the unpleasant memories that are stored not only in our brain but in our muscles and tissues, essential oils helps support the creation of new, pleasant and empowering thoughts and a renewed sense of well-being.
Besides our use of scent to improve the quality of our lives and personal space, active research has been going on in the last 100 years into the therapeutic and healing effects of essential oils. When receiving body or energy work, the use of aromatherapy compliments and enhances the healing effects of your session. Some of the benefits to consider in using essential oils as part of your massage would be:
- Improvement in circulation
- Easing anxiety and irritability
- Improvement in respiration
- Strengthening the immune system
Other conditions in which aromatherapy have shown to be helpful are:
- Dementia related agitation
- Topical essential oil to help relieve itching from dialysis treatments
- Topical essential oil to help relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain
- Stimulates brain function
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