Aromatherapy for Healing

There are many methods available to support the cleansing of the mind, body and spirit, but I find that aromatherapy is the most easily accessible form.

Using plant, materials and aromatic oils (including essential oils), Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine. Many believe that the natural (holistic) approach has benefits for sufferers of diseases, and even though there is NO MEDICAL EVIDENCE that proves or even supports a ‘cure’, the increased general well being of people cannot be ignored.

Essential Oils are the focal point of including aromatherapy on this website. Individual oils, or blended combinations, are believed to improve your physical or psychological well-being that can be administered by topical application (as in creams and lotions), massaging, inhalation (through diffusers) or included in water (adding some oils/herbs to a bath or a foot soak).

History of Aromatherapy

According to Wikipedia, Essential Oils has been found to be used in ancient civilisations such as the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in perfumes, cosmetics and drugs. In modern times the method of distilled oils has appeared in the 11th century, and it wasn’t until 1937 that the word ‘aromatherapy’ was first used by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse in a book titled Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales, however as early as 1907, the concept of using essentials oils was supported by a small number of European Scientists. It is also widely reported that Jean Valnet, a French Surgeon used oils medicinally as antiseptics to treat WWII soldiers.

The Power of the Essential Oil on the mind

Consider the power of fragrance on the mind. Many companies develop perfumes, body sprays, deodorants, even soaps, detergents and softeners, to ensure your purchases because of the smell and what it makes you feel. They have tons of scientists and test laboratories and test subjects (yes – unfortunately some animals) just so they can study the effects not just physically (as in deodorants and soap/detergents) but also physiologically.

 

 

Essential Oils are wonderful at soothing your mind and spirit. They can help reduce pain and anxiety and can alter your moods, calm you and create a wonderful sense of relaxation.

Here are 15 Essential Oils ideal for depression and/or anxiety and stress, as advised from Up Nature.

Sources: With much assistance from Mama Bear Musings and Up Nature. Please use their sites for a more comprehensive look at these oils and also for spiritual guidance.

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PLEASE NOTE: I am not a qualified practitioner of any medical discipline, and any information contained within my posts are purely opinions based on my own experience. For any medical problems, please consult your doctor, including for the use of any aromatherapy products that may cause problems for your physical afflictions.

2 thoughts on “Aromatherapy for Healing

  1. Wow this was so helpful, thanks for this post. I didnt realize some of these plants could be used for aromatherapy, but Im glad to know they are

    1. Thanks Sam, Yes there are so many flora out there, some possibly undiscovered that have so many uses, either medicinally, spiritually or physiologically. I don’t pretend to be an expert – but I use them. There is so much more to this world to embrace – naturally.

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