Hey guys, did you know that the beneficial properties of the pure essences of plants have been known for thousands of years, and have been used throughout ancient cultures to treat ailments and promote good health and emotional wellbeing? The Egyptians would use plants for spiritual purposes, cosmetics and embalming dating back to 3,500BC. The Chinese have been utilising plants for medicinal purposes since 4,500BC and the Romans used plants in rituals, ceremonies and for bathing and massage.
Today, we are still utilising the incredible healing powers of plants in both personal and professional settings to heal mind, body and soul. Essential oils harness these amazing benefits and allow us to easily incorporate the rituals of aromatherapy into our routine.
I know from my experience how profound the effect of a whiff of sea air can be, instantly lifting my spirits with the promise of weekends and holidays. Likewise I know I can be filled with a sense of dread by the smell of antiseptic and its strong hospital connotations. This potent connection between nasal receptors and brain is the reason why aromatherapy works. Aromatherapy seeks to identify and direct the mood altering properties of smells and so enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.
The essential oil itself is created through a process of distillation of plants, which can be flowers, fruit, wood, bark, herbs or spices. When these essential oils are released into the air the beneficial effects include mood enhancement, promotion of a sense of wellbeing, improved breathing and decongestion, heightened energy and awareness, relaxation of muscles and improved digestion. Topical application of these oils by massage leads to better healing for wounds, relief from menstrual cramping, better respiratory function, reduction of inflammation and improved circulation.