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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils, and can be used to support specific conditions or for overall wellness.

Personalized Aromatherapy

I personally blend personalized aromatherapy products that meet your specific needs. To request a customized blend, please click here.

For each blend I carefully select 3 to 4 essential oils that meet your personal concerns, and address your aromatic likes and dislikes. All blends are made to order, meaning I don't have a stock sitting on the shelves. Instead I prepare the blend only when I receive an order.  The blends I prepare include:

  • Pure Essential Oils- to be placed in an aroma diffuser or an aroma burner.
  • Body Oil- to be applied directly onto your skin, either in a specific part of the body to support a specific concern, such as a muscular ache and pain or skin irritation, or applied all over the body.
  • Face Oil- to be applied directly on the face, neck, and décolleté.
  • Bath Oil- to be placed in a bath filled with warm water.
  • Hair & Scalp Oil- to be applied to your hair and scalp.
  • Essential Oil Perfume Roller- to be applied directly on pulse points, such as behind the ears, base of neck, or the underside of wrists.
  • Room Spray- to be sprayed to gently odorize the air.
  • Pillow Spray- to be sprayed on a pillow prior to going to sleep.
  • Body Spray- to be sprayed all over the body.

Ingredients

I only use essential oils that are 100% natural and undiluted, and do not include additives, synthetics, or fillers. The base or carrier oils are also 100% natural and undiluted. When possible, I use organic essential oils, although an organic option is not available for every type of essential oil. I do not distribute essential oils, and instead source them from Plant TherapyEdens Garden, and Mountain Rose Herbs.

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are found in aromatic plants. Out of the several hundred thousand species of plants in the world, only around 10,000 are aromatic, and out of those, only 400 – 500 are used to make essential oils. Essential oils can be taken from the fruit, seed, flower, leaf, stem, bark, roots, and rhizomes. They can be extracted through many methods, including steam distillation, cold expression, or carbon dioxide expression. The method selected depends on the plant and on the part of the plant where the essential oils are found.

Essential oils contain many volatile components. Volatile components evaporate quickly into the air, which is why essential oils can have an affect in the body when they are inhaled.

How Does Aromatherapy Work In The Body?

Essential oils have an effect in the body when they are inhaled, when they are applied to the skin, or when they are ingested. I do not recommend consuming or ingesting essential oils, but instead recommend they be inhaled or applied to the skin.

Inhalation

Inhaling essential oils is the quickest way to get essential oils in the body. First, the smell enters the nose and dissolves in mucus, which stimulates olfactory receptor cells in the nasal cavity, and sends a nerve impulse to the area of the brain that processes the smell. A nerve impulse is also sent to limbic system, which is the area of the brain related to emotions. This is why aromas affect emotions, and also why aromas and emotions are often linked together in people’s memories. When smelled, the essential oils also travel to the lungs and can have an effect on the respiratory system.

Topical Application

Applying essential oils on the skin also creates an effect in the body. When applied on the skin, the different types of skin cells act to allow the essential oils to penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the body. Thus, essential oils act directly on the skin and/or enter into our blood stream. This is a gentle way to allow the essential oils to act. Essential oils used for topical application are typically diluted in carrier oil. This is done to reduce the rate in which the essential oil is absorbed into the body, and to minimize any potential skin irritation. Some essential oils can be irritating to the skin if they are applied directly onto the skin, but they are not irritating if they are diluted. Also, the slower the absorption rate of essential oil the safer it is to use.

Essential oils bring about a response in the body. As an example, essential oils can wake people up who have fainted, increase heart rate, affect sleep, and impact performance and efficiency. There are countless of other effect, but the list is too long to include here.

Note of Caution for Damaged Skin.

Be very careful NOT to apply essential oils to damaged skin because a cut, open wound, sore, or other condition means that the essential oil does not get filtered through the skin and gets more quickly absorbed into the body.

What Are the Different Ways Aromatherapy Can Be Applied?

Essential oils can be applied through inhalation by placing essential oils in an aroma diffuser or an aroma burner, placing them in cotton, cloth, or tissue and smelling the tissue. They are also inhaled when the essential oils is sprayed into the air, when it is applied to the skin, or when it is used in a bath.

Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin when used in a body spray, body oil, compress, or bath.

I provide pure essential oil blends that can be placed in aroma diffusers, and diluted essential oils blends that can be used as body oils, face oils, hair & scalp oils, body sprays, room sprays, pillow sprays, bath oils, and perfume rollers.

Where did Aromatherapy Originate?

Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. Almost every tradition has a history of using aromatics including in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Persia, Roman Empire, and Tibet (Freeman, 2009). The earliest account dates 60,000 years to a Neanderthal skeleton found near seeds of aromatic plants (Freeman, 2009).

However, the term Aromatherapy did not exist until 1937, when a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the therapeutic properties of lavender essential oil after applying it to his burn wounds. This inspired several other Europeans to research and continue to use Aromatherapy for therapeutic reasons. Notable names include Jean Valnet, Marguerite Maury, Robert Tisserand, and Micheline Arcier, among others, whose works have contributed to making Aromatherapy what it is today.

Aromatherapy is one of the fastest growing professions in Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). Several studies have demonstrated the therapeutic effectiveness of essential oils. They have many actions or effects including antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, pain-relief, relaxation, calming, uplifting, sedation, and meditation, among countless others. They are versatile and easy to use, and can be tremendous support to any health and wellness routine.

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Free e-books

I have 2 short FREE e-books that you can download:

1. 5 DIY Essential Oil Recipes For Everyday Uses

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2. 5 Meditations You Can Do in 2 Minutes A Day

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References

Freeman, L. (2009). Mosby’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine, A Research-Based Approach (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.