Introduction to Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is our original medicine it is said that for every illness that exists there is a cure to be found in the plant kingdom.

 

From Ancient Egypt, India, Persia, and beyond we find information on herb and flower infused oils and incense used for their health giving and fragrant properties. The word perfume comes from the Latin per fume meaning through smoke, which we know as incense.

Greece and Rome traded in oils and around the 9th century distillation had spread around Europe and by the 11th century approximately 100 different essential oils are recorded in medieval pharmacy potions…

It was not until the 18th century that much more was known when in 1919 Rene Maurice Gattefosse had a bad accident in his laboratory burning himself, he knew he had to stop the air getting to his skin and the nearest pot was full of lavender oil which he plunged his arm into. He recorded the extraordinary healing results and began to study the effects of lavender and other essential oils and has become known as the father of aromatherapy.

EO represent Nature in its most concentrated form, Plants, flowers, trees and seeds are alive, they are energetic each plant has its own frequency,

 

Nikola Tesla said

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”

 

It takes 300 pounds of rose petals and 15 pounds of lavender to make 1 15ml bottle of essential oils

1 drop can contain as many as 300 component’s or chemicals to fight disease or contaminants…Nature is intelligent, pure essential oils are proven to contain more beneficial medicinal properties than any synthetic or chemical identical oil.

 

So, what is aromatherapy? It is whole body healing; the 2 main uses are topical application and inhalation. EOs consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin and inhaled by breathing into the lungs, from there they enter the blood stream and do their work. Because they are so highly concentrated, very little is required to bring results. The soothing combinations of beautiful aromas, massage, baths and other treatments all work to balance, heal and maintain our body by working with nature.

Eos are volatile, they evaporate quickly, don’t leave the top off the bottle, they will disappear into the air. To use them effectively they need to be added to plant oils we call carrier oils they must be “carried” they are fat loving (hydrophobic)

they dissolve in fat and have a very light molecular weight which makes them trans dermal They do not contain vitamins or minerals.

Other VOCs (volatile organic compounds) Absolutes, Hydrosols, Tinctures, CO2 extractions Herb infused oils in various concentrations

Purity does not mean safety

Your body chemistry is unique to you, there is no one size fits all

Babies, children under 2 years, 2years to 12 years, elderly and immune compromised people and household pets all have restrictions on the types and amounts of Essential Oils they can be exposed to. It is always best to err on the side of safety & check restrictions carefully.

 
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Single Oils we use in many skincare preparations.

 

As with ALL essential oils do not use during pregnancy.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustiflora) is the most used essential oil in the world. The versatile properties of this oil make it my number one go to oil, antioxidant, antimicrobial, calming and a wonderful herbaceous scent.

 

Useful in a diffuser or pillow spray as a single oil, it is soothing and has a mild sedative effect. It also blends well with both calming and uplifting oils to replace chemical room fresheners and other cleaning products.

 

In skincare, it is used for sensitive delicate skin, to reduce acne. Burns, bites, rashes and other irritations all respond well to its adaptogen qualities.

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Lemon Essential Oil

If you could capture sunshine in a fruit, it would have to be a lemon. Fresh, aromatic, warm and uplifting. Lemon is wonderful in cleaning products for both the body and the home. A citrus fragrance with a clean, fresh and sharp top notes. Astringent and cleansing, encouraging a sense of well-being. Because it can make skin sensitive to sun exposure, I prefer to use it in wash off products for the body, however it is one of my favourite oils to add to the diffuser and all-purpose cleaning products

 

Tea Tree essential Oil

One of the most versatile essential oils to have in your kit, a safe and effective first aid oil, Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, its uses are endless for scratches, bites and other minor skin irritations.

Always dilute it for use on the skin.

For cleaning purposes, it is highly effective added to all purpose spray cleaners, add to the washing machine for items that need disinfecting and excellent for sanitising.

 

Geranium Essential Oil

An uplifting and strong-smelling oil with a beautiful floral scent and gentle apple like undertones. Geranium oil that blends well with most essential oils.

As with all essential oils we do not recommend using Geranium during pregnancy, especially as it regulates the hormonal system.

 

Lemongrass Essential Oil

 Lemongrass essential oil has a lovely sweet lemony smell which is strong and penetrating and can be used to quickly clear bad odours. Some people use it for jetlag. Lemongrass is a very useful oil when using in blends. You can produce a very powerful oil when used alone, or very subtly to add intrigue and mystery to your blend. Blends well with Lavender, Tea Tree, Grapefruit and Ylang ylang

As with all essential oils we do not recommend use during pregnancy.

 

Citronella Essential Oil

A slightly sweet and lemony, very top note based essential oil. Steam distilled from the dried grass of Cymbopogon (lemongrass), the fresh grass uses large amounts of energy and yields a lower quality oil, so dried grass is the preferred method. Citronella is used in perfumery, soap, candles and incense. In the United States Citronella has been a registered insect repellent since 1948, although this not the case within the EU.

 

Frankincense Essential Oil

Also known as Oelbaum the tree originates from the Middle East. It is a small shrubby tree with much biblical background and significance. The tree produces small white flowers. Incisions are made into the bark which releases a white milky resin. When left this turns hard into an orangey brown resin which is then steam distilled into the essential oil.

 

Rose Essential Oil

One of the truly most classic plants in aromatherapy. I try to buy Rose from Bulgaria as it is the finest Rose in the world. The typical Rose bush shape grows mainly in the mountainous regions with deep pink flowers. The Rose absolute is viscous and can vary in colour from batch to batch. Harvesting times, the colour and the climate all have a strong baring on the colour and aroma. Rose is a very sweet and floral oil with dark and dusky undertones.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Zesty, recognisable, fresh and uplifting scent of Orange brings life and warmth to boost blends, especially to spicy oils, the essential oil is obtained from expressed peel of the nearly ripe fruit.