Because you Deserve a Balanced
Mind, Body & Soul
Mind, Body & Soul
The Holistic Approach used in Aromatherapy aims to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. While being prescribed traditional medicine by your doctor may be necessary, you can compliment it with the use of aromatherapy to help you maintain, health, and an overall well being.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Using nutrients from soil, water and sun in a process called photosynthesis, many plants will produce a delightful fragrant essence. Have passed by a rosemary bush and caressed its leaves between your fingers? Many aromatic plants essence is found near their surface, in the flowers and leaves and when brushed against them, they will generously release their fragrance into the air. These essences are often called Life Force, Soul or Energy of these aromatic plants. Aromatic plants are distilled, this essence is turned into an essential oil. Some floral oils and citrus fruit oils are obtained by different processed but for ease and simplicity, we generally use the term "essential oil" for all aromatherapy oils.
Essential oils are most likely clear, light and non-greasy. Some are colored. What is true for all is that they will only dissolve in fatty oils such as sunflower, almond or in alcohol. They are very concentrated and powerful, and most oven diluted before use in aromatherapy.
USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
In the hands of a professional aromatherapist, essential oils become a very powerful tool for healing. A full body massage with specific combination of oils is one way of using essential oils. You can also benefit from a self massage (Ayurveda style) from the comfort of your own home.
Using essential oils at home can be fun and rewarding; adding a few drops to your bath water, diffusing it through your home or car diffuser, adding a few drops onto an unscented candle, steam inhalation, even adding a few drops to a base body cream are some of the ways you can use essential oils.
Safety Use of Essential Oils
The most popular and widely used essential oil with a cure-all reputation, lavender is relaxing, calming and soothing. Lavender can combat insomnia, even fight colds. A few drops in the bath, or a sashet under your pillow, can do wonders and bring balance to your body functions.
Best used in steam inhalation, also a few drops rubbed on the temples can relieve headaches. Lavender repels insects and can also heal minor burns and remove a stinging bite.
Lavender is form the Labiatae or Lamiaceae family. Found in France England Morocco, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria and even Australia. A perennial bushy scrub with green, silver and grey leaves and purple spiky flowers. Oil is distilled from the flower tops. Lavender's calming soothing effects makes for a great essential oil to use during yoga, and meditation.
A most valuable essential oil it was traditionally burned as offering to the gods. It literally smells divine and often used today in many churches. But the most important thing to know about Frankincense is its ability to slow and deepen the breathing, helping alleviate panic attacks, anxiety and bringing stress and nervous tensions down.
With the climate of the world today, we could all use some Frankincense in our daily ritual.
From the family of Burseraceae, Frankincense is a small shrubby tree with white flowers, but it is the milky-white resin produced in the incisions of the bark, and then hardened into an orange-brown "tear" which is collected and used for burning or collected and steam distilled.
Frankincense is found in Yemen, Ethiopia, India, Oman and Somalia, where they have known its various therapeutic properties for hundreds of years. It is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, tonic, sedative as well as antiseptic among others. It has fresh, citrus top notes and warm balsamic undertones.
The word Palo Santo means “holy wood,” Palo Santo has been used in spiritual practices and for health and wellness for hundreds of years. Palo Santo essential oil provides a wide range of health benefits, from relieving the symptoms of respiratory ailments to reducing stress.
Palo Santo Oil derived from a tree found the coast line of South America, has a combination of chemical compounds such as Limonene, Menthofuran, Carvone and more which bring a wide range of health benefits.
The most abundant category of compounds found in Palo Santo are monoterpenes, which make up about 65% of the oil. Ethers, monoterpenols, and sesquiterpenes make up the rest of the oil.
One of the primary compound is Limonene, a terpene responsible for the citrus scent of Palo Santo oil. Limonene is also known to alleviate stress and anxiety, relieve pain, increase energy, and fight infections.
Another is Menthofuran, this aromatic compound is where the minty scent comes from.
Found in smaller quantities is the A-Terpineol, a terpene believed to bring uplifting effects, it also acts as an antibacterial, antiviral, and immune system booster.