Aromatherapy, a word which derives from ‘aroma’ meaning fragrance or smell and ‘therapy’ meaning treatment.
The term ‘aromatherapie” was coined by the French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1928. Aromatherapy, reputed to be at least 6000 years old, is based on the ancient principle that the spirit and the body should be in harmony. This healing art combines the aromatic essence of plants, known as essential oils, with a relaxing therapeutic massage, bath, inhalation, cream or prepared compress to restore a state of well-being. While essential oils are considered safe to use, they are very powerful, highly concentrated substances which should be treated with a great deal of respect. Always consult a professional before using any oil. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use essential oils without consultation.Aromatherapy creates balance of body, mind and spirit. Each essential oil has a natural, medicinal property that stimulates in a specific way, therefore certain oils are used for treating certain conditions. Here are just a few of the therapeutic oils and their effects.
Chamomile: Soothing and harmonizing
Eucalyptus:Balancing and stimulating
Lavender: Calming and healing
Lemon: Cleansing and stimulating
Orange: Calming and energizing
Aromatherapy is beneficial in so many ways. It can provide a boost when you need to be alert or promote calmness during tense and stressful situations. Increasing attention and memory, it also helps to maintain focus and energy levels through a long work-day or when battling lack of sleep or jet lag. Best of all, there is no susceptibility to the highs and lows associated with common quick fixes such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar or drug consumption.
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