Essential Oils have been around since 7000 BC. They have been used throughout history. Aromatherapy is thought to have originated with the Egyptians. The Egyptians used essential oils in their mummification process. It has been said that you could actually smell rosewood and frankincense when they opened King Tut’s tomb. During the time of Hippocrates, it was recommended to take daily aromatic baths to prolong life. There are also numerous references to essential oils in the bible. The most popular reference is with frankincense and myrrh. They were two of the gifts given to Jesus when he was a baby. When the Black Plague swept through Europe, it was the perfumers and grave diggers who avoided. Both professions were exposed to aromatics. The term "Aromatherapy" was coined by a French Pioneer, Rene Gattefosse. He was the first to write a book on Aromatherapy in 1937.
In 2004 Richard Axel and Linda Buck received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system. Before their work, the basic principles for recognizing and remembering about 10,000 different odors or smells was not understood. Both of them solved this problem pioneering studies together and separately that clarified how our olfactory system works.
The above photo demonstrates how smells and odors travel through the olfactory system. The olfactory system is important for life quality and is of central importance for most species. All living organisms can detect and identify chemical substances in their environment through smell. Their discoveries explain why a unique odor can trigger distinct memories from our childhood or from emotional moments we have experienced in the past.
Aromatherapy is using 100% pure essential oils to influence, affect, modify, change and or alter mood, emotions, physical concerns and behaviors. Aromatherapy has been used to compliment numerous alternative healing techniques. Aromatherapy can assist the human body in healing itself. It achieves this by supplying the body’s cells with energy, strengthening the immune system, and activating a positive attitude.
Essential oils are the “liquid” form of herbal plant matter. Essential Oils are derived from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, seeds, bark, fruits and resins of plants. There are roughly 400 plants that can produce essential oils. Each essential oil produces its own fingerprint which shows its unique make up and its therapeutic properties. Please make sure if you are going to buy essential oils that you choose a company like Nature's Sunshine who adheres to strict quality assurance. You never know when you may need to know the oil's fingerprint. They also use natural and many organic sources.
Some common therapeutic properties include the following:
Our sense of smell perpetuates faster than any other sense because it has a pathway direct to the brain. Smells are processed by the body without being processed by the spinal cord or digestive system. Aromatic scents travel through the nose dissolving in the mucosal membranes. They then pass to the cilia or olfactory nerves. They continue to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb then relays the information to the limbic system. The limbic system is the part of the brain that tells a person how to respond to a situation.
Aromatherapy allows us to connect, channel, shift and heal emotions within ourselves on both a mental and physical level. When we smell particular scents it can bring peace and comfort or provide energy and vitality. On an emotional level, scents triggers the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to respond to various situations. On a physical level, essential oils are absorbed into mucosal linings, the bloodstream, and the lymph system in less than 3 seconds. This allows the body to respond to physical ailments or concerns.
Essential oils are very powerful. It is recommended that you take a break from your oils and use them for approximately 5 days and then don't use them for 2 days. It is also important to make sure you use only 100% pure essential oils to achieve the necessary therapeutic properties.
There are many different ways of using or applying essential oils. Below are several methods of application.
It is also important that you mix your essential oils in a carrier or base oil before applying them to your skin.
Our Essential Oil Blends are custom made for your needs. Whether you are wanting a roll on to assist you with migraine headaches, a bath salt to help you relax, or a sports cream for sore muscles, let us make a blend for you.
Precautions: You should not use essential oils internally, it is best to keep essential oils out of the reach of children, and avoid essential oils with those who are pregnant. Use caution with high blood pressure and if someone has a serious health condition, they should always consult their doctor.