When it comes to Vibrational Medicine/ Energy Healing, one of the oldest forms of medicinal application is Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
Essential oils are highly aromatic, volatile substances which are found in the oil sacs within the leaf, glands on the leaf surface, petals of the flower, dried flowers, twigs/berries, rind, seeds, chopped wood and roots and are the main constituents in fragrances and perfumes They have the benefit of, on a therapeutic level, potent healing properties.
The term “aromatherapy” originated in 1937 after a burn incident caused French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse to research the healing qualities of essential oils, however aromatherapy’s roots can be traced back much further to Egypt, China and Greece. The earliest documentation on the use of essential oils dates back to 1550 BC when George Ebers discovered a 70 ft scroll of papyrus detailing over 850 Egyptian botanical remedies in the winter of 1873-74.
The aroma of essential oils are broken into 3 main components – top, middle and base notes. Top notes typically evaporate quickly and usually have anti-viral properties. They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting and are the first scent the nose will discern. The bulk of essential oils are comprised of middle notes which tend to be the heart of most blends; offering a balancing effect with a soft and warm presence. Base notes evaporate the slowest, thus maintaining their scent the longest. Their scents are normally heavy and rich in character. A key factor to keep in mind is that a true essential oil can only be produced via distillation or cold expression. Other methods of extraction contain other plant constituents and/or toxic residue.
Essential oils are processed via the olfactory nerves and affect parts of the brain, the limbic system (the emotional center of the brain tuned into memory and stimulation), reaching deep into the psyche relaxing the mind and uplifting the spirit. The unique combination of a plant’s chemical constituents determine both the synergy of therapeutic effects and its aroma. The quality of an essential oil is determined by the health of the plant of which it is derived. Those produced from wild or organically cultivated plants always convey through their fragrance a greater sense of vitality and life force. The therapeutic effect of essential oils will always be both physical and psychological.
Dosages, Carrier Oils & Methods of Application
- calculated as a percentage of the carrier (usually 0.5-3%)
- peeps with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions, orthodox drugs, pregnant women should only receive up to 1% of EO. For children, (see charts)
- do not use with massage if you have the flu, fever, just ate large meal/drank alcohol
- avoid massage over recent scar tissue, skin infections, extensive bruising; best to seek medical advice if varicose veins or RA
While there is some controversy with the application of essential oils, the medical community states that they should never be applied neat and should always be diluted in a carrier oil. My professional recommendation for carrier oils are cold-pressed oils including almond, coconut, avocado, sunflower or walnut.
- physiological benefits are enhanced by massage
- promotes the flow of blood and lymph; improves nervous system conductivity soothing tension and increasing vital energy
- therapeutic touch – possesses the power to convey sense of emotional well-being
- the aromatic molecules exercise their influence via inhalation and cutaneous absorption
- use cream/gel base for local application
- 20 drops for every 2 oz. (50 g)
- for local/specific application
- cold: problems of acute nature – headaches, sprains, bruises
- hot: chronic backache, rheumatoid pain, osteoarthritis
- fill bowl with hot water, add 3-5 drops, use cotton cloth or flannel
- clears lungs & sinus of congestion & infection
- add 2-3 drops to 600 mls (1 pint) boiling water
- drape towel over head; inhale for 1-2 minutes
- relaxes nerves and soothes muscles and aches
The most therapeutically effective means of dispersing the healing constituents is utilizing an aromatic nebulizer due to the essential oils not being heated as the chemical constituents remain unaltered. The aerial dispersion decongests air passages, enhances the breathing process and protects the body against airborne virii. Not only that, you smell pretty darn good, too!
The use of aromatherapy is an essential component of vibrational medicine and a core consideration in the practice of holistic wellness.
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* please consult a licensed/trained practitioner or your physician for safe and appropriate dosages.