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The Art and Science of Aromatherapy

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by Carol Venclik


 What exactly is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils through topical application, Inhalation, diffusion to affect mood and improve health. Aromatherapy is both an art and a science. The art refers to the blending of pure essential oils, how they mutually enhance one another, both in their action and aroma. The Science applies to the unique chemical and therapeutic properties of each essential oil. These oils are used to maintain and promote physical and emotional well being along with balance. It’s a way to improve everyday living on many levels, physical, emotional and spiritual to enhance the healing process inside and out. Creating blends requires some training and understanding of the oils. This skill develops over time; it requires knowledge of each essential oil and its properties.

What are pure essential oils?

Pure essential oils are extracted from specialized plants using; leaves, twigs, barks, blossoms, flowers, petals, grasses, rinds, seeds, resins, etc. Example: the oils extracted from the roots of a plant tend to be grounding and centering enhancing our connection to earth. Example: Sandalwood, Cedar wood. When choosing essential oils you will want to look for 100% organic pure essential oils. To ensure you are getting good quality, look on the label for the name of the oil, the Latin name, the country of origin and the therapeutic grade of the oil. Pure essential oils are packaged in dark amber, air tight bottles. Keep your essential oils away from heat and direct light to ensure longevity.

What are the greatest benefits of these experiences /treatments?

The greatest benefit of experiencing a spa treatment using pure essential oils is to help calm, balance, and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The aroma wrap, spa treatment, creates a cocoon of warmth from the use of hot towels and warm oil blended with essential oils applied to the skin. While the client is wrapped they experience a facial / scalp pressure point massage encouraging relaxation and rejuvenation. Depending on the essential oil blend picked, in the sensory journey, the results will vary their experience.

What are the most commonly used oils and what do they each specifically target and help heal?

Lavender is the most versatile and widely used essential oil, it is universal it can safely be mixed with other oils to enhance the action; it can be applied directly on the skin neat. Lavender helps reduce psychological stress, helps promote sleep and helps to normalize and balance the body.

Are there oils that target sexual activity and desire?

There are essential oils that have aphrodisiac, euphoric qualities; Example: ylang ylang, enhances well being, calming, balancing, relaxing, induces sleep Jasmine, calming and uplifting, warms the emotions and has a sensuous quality. Helps restore joy and bring out the charisma in people.

What types of offers do you have for aromatherapy?

We offer Aromatherapy in our all of our Spa treatments; Aroma wraps, Sea weed, Mud wraps and Treat your feet (reflexology). Before the session begins, our client’s experience a sensory journey, choosing which essential oil blend would be best suited for them in their treatment today.

Are there any at home “recipes” individuals can concoct?

A Relaxing Summer time Milk Bath ½ cup heavy cream Lavender-5 drops Ylang ylang-2 drops Jasmine- 3 drops Blend the essential oils with the cream then add to your hot bath. (The water may become cloudy). You can enhance your bath by burning a candle, listening to your favorite music and relaxing. Education is the key to success when using essential oils. Start smelling the oils “Develop a nose for the oils” and learn the properties of each oil. Take a workshop, read a book on Aromatherapy. General Precautions: Keep out of the reach of children and pets Special care when using photosensitive oils Do not apply undiluted oils directly to the skin Some oils have higher toxic levels, use with care Essential oils are a form of complimentary medicine with many healing properties. They are not meant as a replacement for medical aid.

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