People love their creature comforts and aromatherapy is one that fits in that category. Aromatherapy is a natural healing method using the highest standard of flowers and plants to relieve stress, alleviate pain, and conquer depression and anxiety. It is also used to energize or enhance a person’s overall well-being.
Just as the name suggests, “aroma” and “therapy” is the practice of balancing body, mind and spirit through the use of natural oils, obtained from flowers, trees, and plants. All parts are used, including leaves, bark, and roots. In preparation, these components are either crushed or ground to make a healing salve. The salve is then put into a diffuser to complete the oil extraction process, through boiling. Unlike stovetop boiling, the purpose of a diffuser is to extract the pure essence in order to make healing oils.
Some History of Aromatherapy
Although attributed to European scientists in 1907, the origins of this ancient form of using flower essences and ancient oils, actually dates back to Ancient Greece. Born in 40 A.D., Grecian Physician, Pharmacologist, and Botanist, Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a five-volume guide denoting the detailed use of numerous flowers, plants and trees, which when extracted as herbal essences could be used for their healing properties.
For a more accurate application of aromatherapy, practitioners of this ancient form of healing have been known to base their use on mentions of healing oils in the Bible. Using a Biblical approach, the oils of Aloe, Bergamot, Cloves, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rose, and Sandalwood, are applied to Vita Flex Points of the feet. There are also other references to aromatherapy used to treat the plague, in more recent history.
Aromatherapy in Current Times
Aromatherapy is a complementary form of naturalistic healing; it can be used along with modern medicine or as an alternative approach. The basis for aromatherapy is obtaining healing for general maladies, through the use or application of natural oils. These natural oils are all derived from essences in nature that are grown and cultivated specifically for the practice of aromatherapy.
To use Aromatherapy for healing purposes, a person simply needs to inhale the aroma or absorb the essential oils through the skin.
Understanding and Setting Up to Use Aromatherapy
Fortunately, information about aromatherapy, its uses, benefits, and even further discussion on how to create ones own essence is available on the Internet. One excellent guide is found at Essence of Arcadia and while it is an article, it lays out like a full book on the topic, providing everything one needs to know about the topic (including recipes).
Tools of the Trade (also available on the Internet)
Some of the additional tools of the trade for those who practice aromatherapy as a healing art are diffusers, bells, and candles. In a professional setting, aromatherapy is aimed at treating the whole body and not for a specific injury. It engages stimulation of the five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. The techniques may vary, but can involve massage, inhaling vapors, bathing in essential oils or applying them as a compress to head or on the skin as a salve or lotion. These tools of the trade may be found at places like Target, Amazon, and BedBathandBeyond, in the course of normal Internet shopping. It does help to consult guides on the topic to understand what type of tool(s) to purchase.
The Future of Aromatherapy
Today, many facilities are beginning to incorporate aromatherapy as a part of a standard course of treatment. Located in Bedford, Massachusetts, the Carleton-Willard Village’s Ross-Worthen Center for Alzheimer Care is currently combining essential oils along with traditional therapy. The program director for the Ross-Worthen Center stated that “If someone is feeling agitated, or confused in a moment we might employ sensory aromatherapy for them.” The program clearly indicates the use of aromatherapy in a practical environment. Sensory stimulation is alleviating the symptoms for patients in late stages of Alzheimer’s, helping them cope by relieving their depression, distress, and anxiety.
Creature comforts are not just a part of history. They are a part of the future, as well.