If you are new to aromatherapy and essential oils, this guide will help you to get started and understand thoroughly their benefits as well as how they can be practically used in everday life.
History of Aromatherapy
The term aromatherapy is a fairly young word, despite its ancient origins. A french parfumerie named René-Maurice Gattefossé distinguished the use of aroma for medicinal use after discovering the healing benefits of lavender oil, when he accidentally submerged his arm into a vat of essential oil lavender after burning himself in an accident.
He went on to use essential oils to heal soldiers in hospitals during the First World War, to find that the oils worked more effectively and with fewer side-effects than other leading antiseptics.
Aromatherapy is a science, as much as it is an artform, offering an alternative therapy grounded in a holistic approach to well-being.
What this basically means is that rather than treating a certain symptom, be it depression or headaches, we can target the whole person in priority over their constituent parts.
The theory, for those who might not know, is that by treating both body and mind as one, a balance is maintained which we humans need, what with our self-imposed stress filled lives.
By keeping a healthy body and mind, natural healing processes become more efficient, and so the body gains an education to care for itself.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are extracts from plants distilled to a concentrate. The essence is made from all parts of the plant, including the roots, the flower, and the bark, and retains the qualities of the plant as found in nature.
The same aroma is found, the concentrate simply offers a more intense, longer-lasting, and more efficient use of what nature has to offer.
Each essence offers something different, dependent on preference and needs, but as a few popular examples: lemon grass, tea tree, frankincense, basil, bergamot, geranium, and lavender (I can testify) are all fantastic.
Essential oils can be applied in a number of ways including the use of: balms, massage, water immersion, or are otherwise gently inhaled in enclosed places, making them ideal for use at home, or even in the car (particularly for those prone to road rage).
The most popular use for essential oils today target mood; creating a calming, soothing, and relaxing ambiance in any environment in which they’re used, there is really no substitute of essential oils.
And the greatest by-product of aromatherapy – the air in your home is always full of natural goodness, and always smells wonderful and welcoming to all!
How you choose to diffuse your essential oils at home, work, or anywhere else is up to you, and there is a myriad of choice dependent on your requirements, how much you’d like to spend, and even to cater to your unique aesthetic sensibility.
With such a range of choices to be made, it’s easy to get lost. So keep reading our simple how-to guide for buying, using, and maintaining essential oils and diffusers.