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INTRODUCTION TO ESSENTIAL OILS
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Essential Oils are the oldest form of medicine known to man. Some of you may be wondering what is an essential oil? Essential oil is the essence of a plant which is typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. Not all plants produce essential oil, only those that are aromatic.
The oils can be distilled from many parts of a plant; stems, branches, fruits, flowers, seeds, roots, bark, needles and leaves.
Essential Oils are the lifeblood of a plant; they circulate through tissues and pass through cell walls, carrying nutrition into the cells and carrying waste products out. And when applied to people they do much the same tasks. The oils also work in our bodies to restore and maintain balance by cleansing the receptor sites of the cells of things that disrupt their proper function such as drugs (pharmaceutical, over the counter, & recreational) heavy metals, toxins and petrochemicals. This means that the daily usage of therapeutic grade essential oils has the potential to fight off diseases in the body and help keep us well.
There are so many ways to use the oils. We can inhale them, put them on topically, take them orally as a supplement, put them in our bath water and we can even cook with them. Use them as cologne, for first aid and in massage.
The two most popular reasons people use essential oils are for relaxation and balance. But there are so many more benefits. Some are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. They can calm you down, help with anxiety, depression, weight loss, stress, tension and muscle pain. The list goes on and on.
Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physical, emotional and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages.
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The history and origination of aromatherapy is a bit vague, but the Egyptians are credited with developing one of the first distillation machines. There were many oils that they used to embalm the dead such as cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, to name a few. It is also thought that using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, has roots in China.
Megallus, a Greek perfumer, developed a fragrance he called megaleion, which consisted of myrrh. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" is said to have practiced aromatherapy for healing purposes. Greek mythology claims the gods were gifted with the knowledge of perfume and fragrance.
The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.
In the 1950's Marguerite Maury began diluting essential oils in a vegetable carrier oil & massaging it directly into the skin using Tibetan Massage, a technique where pressure is applied along the nerve endings of the spinal column. She was the ﬁrst person to invent "individual prescriptions”, combinations of essential oils offered in conjunction in order to suit the individual’s specific needs as they were being massaged. Today, due to impressive clinical studies and astounding results, essential oils and aromatherapy are now mainstream. This alternative & holistic health care venue is in ever-growing demand because today’s consumers are far more discerning about the importance of using toxic free & organic methods of healing.