Aromatherapy may be thought of by most as a luxury spa experience when it should be considered a daily practice that can heal, solidify and strengthen your health.
Aromatherapy is the art of using of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to boost health and or mood.
They are often used in massage, applied directly or mixed with carrier oils. They may also be dripped into an infuser allowing the molecules to be released into the air so they can be breathed in. Both can have relaxing and purifying effects.
Essential oils are more than relaxing, they are “essential” – Dual meaning: They are the essence of the plant itself but they can also be an essential part of health. Modern medicine’s roots stem from plant life. Many plants are inherently medicinal in nature, with each holding different properties.
There are three ways to utilize essential oils to boost your health.
- Topical application: oils can be applied directly to the skin or mixed with carrier oils such as coconut, sesame, almond or other natural oils for easier spread or longer use such as massage. Taking a bath or a sitz bath is also a wonderful option. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a tub, sit back and relax. (please do note not to use “hot” oils such as Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme or Cassia as they may irritate sensitive skin. If an oil ever feels too hot and produces a burning sensation due to sensitivity it can be neutralized almost immediately with coconut oil.)
- Inhalation: Oils can be breathed in. Some are molecularly small enough to actually cross the blood brain barrier (the goal of medications) to have the most impact. This method goes directly into the lungs and to the brain. Simply opening the bottle or vial releases potent wonderful vapors. For increased effects try steaming with essential oils. Get a bowl of hot water, drop in several drops of the oil desired and place a towel over your head. Lean into the bowl keeping your face a safe distance of at least a few inches from the hot water. Breathe deeply and allow the steam to penetrate your skin and bronchial tubes.
Oils each have their own healing properties so it is important to do your research or contact a qualified Aromatherapist for therapeutic suggestions.
Essential oils are: Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antimicrobial, and can be AntiCarcinogenic. They are molecularly small enough to get inside of human cells and help clear toxins and even heal damaged DNA (in the case of Frankincense oil).
This is a basic list of some of the ailments essential oils are said to help with. This is by no means a full list. If you would like more information please contact Monarch Wellness www.monarchwellness.net