The art or science of aromatherapy has a long history of people who believed in the healing and therapeutic properties of the oils extracted from botanical matter. For more on the history of essential oils and aromatherapy, please click here.
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Although some people may think that aromatherapy only refers to aromatic massage, it really goes far deeper than that. Essential oils, which form the base of aromatherapy, are also used in a pure medicinal way, and here we can look at the work done by French doctors, Lapraz and Duraffourd - where essential oils are used as a medicine.
Essential oils should however never be ingested without such treatment ordered by a licensed medical practitioner who is adequately qualified to prescribe such treatment. For more on the medicinal use of essential oils, please click here.
But to get back to the why of aromatherapy.
Although conventional medicine sometimes scoffs at holistic (or if you want to call it complimentary or alternative medicine) health, many millions of people do believe that they have improved their health by using these methods.
Aromatherapy would fall into this category, and while aromatherapy massage is truly a great way to relax and de-stress, the essential oils do offer the added extra of their therapeutic properties to the body during massage while being absorbed by the skin.
Research into the effect fragrances have on us, and its place in the limbic system has also shown great results - for more on this please click here.
Massaging is not the only way in which the molecules of essential oils can be absorbed by the body, but can be used in the following ways as well:
Although general aromatherapy (excluding medicinal use of essential oils) is not meant to replace standard medical advice and treatment, it has however been shown to be effective in helping with some ailments and problems.
To view a list of remedies using aromatherapy and essential oils, please click here.
Please note - if you have a medical problem, please consult your licensed medical practitioner and note that all information contained on this site, is purely for information purposes.
Essential oils are extremely powerful and concentrated compounds, and each oil can consist of several hundred different compounds. To read more on the different constituents and the chemistry of essential oils, please click here.
Since they are powerful, they must be used with proper care, and the person using them should abide by certain safety rules to ensure that they can cause no problem. To have a look at the safety rules, please click here.
We believe through experience, the anecdotal proof offered by untold people using essential oils, historical use of certain oil and the limited scientific research already undertaken, that essential oils and aromatherapy can be most beneficial to your health.
It must be understood that since essential oils as such can not be patented, that no large corporation is going to invest millions of dollars / pounds into research, as they cannot claim it to be their own invention, and for this reason, clinical research into the benefits of essential oils, and aromatherapy in general is sadly lacking.
We do not advocate that essential oils should replace conventional medicine, yet we do believe that they have a prominent role to play in maintaining general health and mental wellbeing.
Should you have any comments regarding the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, please send us an e-mail by clicking here.