Aromatherapy

What is it?


Aromatherapy is an ancient art thought to originate from the Egyptians and the French have certainly been great ambassadors of its use since the 1800s. Aromatherapy is the art of applying essential oils to suit individual needs; the oils work directly on the chemistry of the body, via the skin and bloodstream.

Essential oils are plant extracts which contain substances that give plants their smell. They are produced by tiny glands in the petals, leaves, stems, bark and wood of many plants and trees. In nature, they are released slowly, but when heated or crushed their oil glands burst, releasing the plant’s aroma more strongly.

It isn’t known exactly when or where the art of aromatherapy began. It is thought that Chinese knowledge of medicinal oils may have reached the West by way of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The first recorded use of plants in Britain was in the 13th century and from then on, manufacturing increased and the oils became widely used as perfumes, antiseptics and medicines.

How are the oils applied?


The oils are usually applied by massage, they can be given as a relaxing treatment covering “stress” areas such as back, shoulders, face and legs.

Essential oils can also be inhaled, using an oil burner or breathing in an infusion and can also be very beneficial when added to baths.

The origins of aromatherapy are thought to be multi-cultural. It is widely believed that Chinese knowledge of medicinal oils may have reached the West by way of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

The first recorded use of plants in Britain was in the 13th century and from then on, manufacturing increased and the oils became widely used as perfumes, antiseptics and medicines. Wikipedia gives a good explanation here.


Who can it help?


Aromatherapy is believed to be suitable for people of all ages, even babies. Aromatherapists claim that they can treat many conditions, and often see a great improvement in nervous disorder such as depression, anger, stress and other related symptoms (headaches and insomnia and PMT.)

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