What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy: A form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function, or physical health.

 Mother Gaia provides many amazing Aromatherapy products, made fresh just for you.

We’ve discussed essential oils in previous blogs. This is what essential oils do for you. Unlike chemical compounds created by man (prescription medications) they help the body heal and work right by providing it with the plant nutrients it needs.

How does Aromatherapy work?

  • Volatile chemical compounds in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose when inhaled and nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion.
  • Oils interact with the glands that excrete hormonesand enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions.
  • Used to treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions including burns, infections, depression, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, cancer, and high blood pressure.
  • Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.

 Mechanisms of Action:

  1. Influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system.
  2. Direct pharmacological effects of the essential oil compounds on the body.

 Materials Used in Aromatherapeutic Treatments

  • Essential oils: Fragrant or aromatic oils extracted from plants chiefly through solvent extraction, steam distillation(eucalyptus oil), or expression (lemon oil).
  • Absolutes: Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent, steam, CO2, or super critical fluid extraction (rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and pomades using ethanol.
  • Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base oils that dilute essential oils for use on the skin (sweet almond oil). Can also include water, alcohol, or lotion. (Mother Gaia includes beeswax as a carrier in her products.)
  • Herbal distillates or hydrosols: The aqueous by-products of the distillation process (rosewater). There are many herbs that make herbal distillates and they have culinary uses, medicinal uses and skin care. Common herbal distillates are chamomile, rose, and lemon balm.
  • Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant materials (infusion of chamomile).

Popular Uses:

  • Lemon and sweet orange essential oils are said to be uplifting and to relieve depression and stress.
  • Red Thyme oil is highly antibiotic and antiseptic, especially against E. Coli, Streptococcus, and Candida.
  • Peppermint oil is often used to deter ants, by applying a few drops on their trail; spiders and mice will avoid its aroma as well.
  • Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, and Chamomile are used for anti-stress, anti-anxiety, and as an anti-depressant.

Mother Gaia provides expertly hand blended Aromatherapy products and Herbal Remedies, made fresh just for you.

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