Aromatherapy

Posted by Jessica Di Biase on

Aromatherapy is a modern name for the ancient knowledge of healing and improving health using fragrant, natural essential oils found in herbs, plants, flowers, fruits and the bark, roots or resin of some trees.

Essential oils contain complex chemicals that seem to do everything from beautifying skin, speeding healing to putting you to sleep.

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (defined as "the tendency of a substance to vaporize") aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of lavender.

The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemicals.

Each essential oil comes with its own therapeutic benefits. Lavender is a stress reliever Lavender Essential Oil - USDA Certified Organic - 100% Pure; peppermint is a natural energy booster; basil is used for anxiety, tiredness, headaches, poor circulation and muscular aches and sprains. So learning how you can use these essential oils will give you the means to be healthier, happier and more in control of every area of your life.

 

 

 

 


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