Aromatherapy has been defined as the therapeutic use of essential oils from plants for the improvement of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Essential oils are volatile liquid substances extracted from aromatic plant material by steam distillation or mechanical expression. Oils produced with the aid of chemical solvents are not considered true essential oils, because the solvent residues can alter the purity of the oils themselves and lead to adulteration of the fragrance or to skin irritation. Most aromatherapists believe that synthetic fragrances are inferior to essential oils because they lack natural or vital energy.
Essential oils are made up of a large array of chemical components found in various plant materials. Their mane groups are terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides, which are volatile and may produce odors.
Practitioners of aromatherapy apply essential oils using several different methods as:
Aromatherapy with essential oils have been used for thousands of years as stimulants or sedatives of the nervous system and as treatments for a wide range of other disorders.
The current applications of aromatherapy did not come about until in the early 20th century. Its use had a downtrend or went out of fashion midcentury and then rediscovered in the latter part of the century. The reason was that people in western countries became increasingly interested in complementary and alternative medicine treatments.
The literature published about aromatherapy treating of different types of conditions and illnesses are not evidence-based. There is a huge need to do more evidenced-based studies in the future. I think it’s important to pinpoint that you shouldn’t use essential oils to treat illnesses.
Personally I use essential oils daily for emotional and physical wellness applications and I have great positive experiences in doing so. There is lot of people using essential oils having the same positive experiences.
It’s important to ensure that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. You’ll want to make sure you are choosing essential oils for their potency and their purity. I encourage you to experiment with a variety of essential oils that will serve different purposes. You have to choose essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. I have found a very good company selling huy quality products.
Kjell H Kjellevold
A doctor and specialist in pathology. He has always been concerned about health and how to manage a good and healthy lifestyle. The blog will mainly be about the use of essential oils, health, and training.