Aromatherapy Secrets





TAB1: Beginners Guide

Benefits of Aromatherapy

If you are new to Aromatherapy, we would like to welcome you to one of nature’s most precious gifts – essential oils. They are unique, perhaps, in the way that they can treat both the mind and the body at the same time. We would like to share with you the benefits and uses of essential oils and we hope our web site will both inform and inspire you.

The History (in a nutshell!)

This particularly gentle form of plant therapy is akin to a very advanced version of herbalism, one of the oldest ancient healing arts known to mankind. Herbs and aromatic plants have been used since before ancient Egyptian times for their healing and relaxing properties. The ancient Greeks and Romans followed and in AD 1000 the Persians developed the very first essential oils. There was a rebirth of the popularity of essential oils in the early 1900s, when the French chemist, Gattefossé, discovered the amazing healing properties of lavender oil on a burn he suffered. Since then, the benefits of using essential oils have been widely recognised.

What are Essential Oils?

Aromatherapy essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants:- the roots, buds, petals, fruit, leaves, stem, wood, bark or resin. Various processes are used to extract these precious oils, the most common being distillation. An essential oil can contain as many as 500 naturally occurring chemicals, which can have both positive and negative effects, depending on usage. For example, cinnamon essential oil, known for its antiseptic and astringent properties, can be highly irritating to the skin, therefore caution must be taken when using.

What are Fragrance oils?

Fragrance oils, or perfume oils, are manufactured scents. They are artificially created fragrances which contain artificial substances. They are designed to imitate the scent of a natural product (e.g. rose fragrance oil) or are created to suggest a mood or place (such as “lazy afternoon” or “tropical breeze”). The range of artificial scents available is vast and fragrance oils are relatively inexpensive. They are mainly employed in the manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics, home fragrance products, toiletries and flavourings. While some essential oils may also be used by these manufacturers, this is not as common due to their cost and the more complicated blending procedure.

Lavender Essential oil vs. Lavender Fragrance oil

Whilst the scent of an essential oil could possibly be artificially imitated, the benefits cannot. Although a lavender fragrance oil may smell like lavender, it is unable to offer the properties that lavender essential oil can. Aside from the amazing fresh smell lavender essential oil produces, it has numerous healing qualities which can help with rheumatism, burns, acne, insomnia, insect bites and many other conditions.

How can you use essential oils?

There is a mystique surrounding essential oils, about their potency and safety. Yet you do not have to be a qualified aromatherapist to use many of the essential oils on yourself and your family.   By using just a few carefully chosen essential oils, you will have a powerful tool kit in the home for first aid and relaxation.  Used carefully and with sensible precautions, they can be incredibly healing and therapeutic.  Such are their benefits, they are now being increasingly used in hospitals, hospices and surgeries.

They do not have to be applied to the skin or ingested to be effective, simply through breathing in the aroma from essential oils through a candle or a burner, or from the steam in your bath, your body will absorb the aroma molecules and you will start to feel the emotional and physical benefits.The aroma sends signals directly to the limbic system – the centre of emotion and memory in your brain.  As the molecules then travel through the body they have various positive effects on your muscles, tissues and organs.

Another fantastic quality of essential oils is that, unlike conventional medicine, they enter and leave the body leaving no chemical traces or residues.

Like any complementary therapy, essential oils are all about restoring balance and harmony to the whole person - mind and body, thus assisting the body to heal itself.  Each essential oil has its own character and aroma, possessing a wide number of beneficial therapeutic properties and benefits.

Essential Oil Safety

Most essential oils can be used on children, but in smaller doses (please refer to our http://www.aroma-works.com/using-essential-oils section for more information ).  Some essential oils are also safe to use during pregnancy; in fact some (but not all) are highly beneficial, although you should always consult your doctor or midwife before using essential oils.  We recommend you do not ingest essential oils at any time without consulting a registered aromatherapist first (the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists can be contacted via their website www.ifparoma.org). We also stress that essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) before applying directly to the skin.  As with any therapies or medicines, you should always check that there are no contra-indications for using essential oils if you have any current medical conditions or you are taking any medication.

Whats next?

We hope that you have a better understanding of aromatherapy as a whole - now feel free to explore the rest of the site and find out about the wonderful benefits that aromatherapy has to offer! If you are ready and excited to include aromatherapy in your life, then head on over to our shop and pick out a product that sparks your curiosity!

Disclaimer: All information provided on the AromaWorks website is for personal information and interest only, and not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. All advice is purely that, advice, and has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health concerns, we would recommend that you consult your GP / Practitioner. If you are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who can offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Aromaworks accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.

TAB2: Benefits of Aromatherapy

Gorgeous fragrances

By getting to know and working with essential oils you can be guaranteed of making your home smell amazing!  At the same time, your emotions, your mind and your physical body (and those around you) will all benefit greatly from the use of essential oils and products.

Chemical Free

We surround ourselves with chemicals - from skincare, to medicines, to cleaning products, to the food we eat.  These toxins build up in our bodies without us really knowing the long term effects.  Aromatherapy provides a chemical free alternative which is non-invasive and leaves no traces or residues behind.  Many essential oils are still the critical active ingredient in the drugs prescribed by our conventional system of medicine!

Easing Stress

Many illnesses have been traced back to being caused originally by stress.  We all live hectic and fast paced lifestyles, it’s no wonder that it’s so common for us to develop headaches, backache and even IBS – all conditions which can often be caused by prolonged stress.   Conventional medicine and pain killers will treat the symptoms, but they won’t necessarily address the causes; this is where essential oils can come into their own.

Many Uses

Essential oils are often multifunctional and can have properties including antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, sedative, analgesic, digestive, diuretic and many more!  Individual oils can have multiple properties.To give you an idea of how effective they can be, oregano essential oil is 25 more times more powerful as an antiseptic than ‘phenol’, the active ingredient in most synthetic cleaning products!

Immune System

Many essential oils contain antibacterial and antiviral properties which help the body fight illness and infection, thus offering a broad range of effective treatments to strengthen the immune system generally, as well as combat specific stages of illness and disease.

Concentrated

They represent the healing potential of thousands of plants in each bottle.  It takes thousands of flowers to make a small amount of essential oil.  To give you some idea, the AromaWorks Essential Rose candle has over 250 flowerheads in one candle! (but don’t worry – the roses flower again every six weeks!)  The ingredients can be very delicate and tricky to harvest.  Take jasmine; the very first time the flower opens, it has to be picked by hand, before the sun gets too intense!

Against Animal Testing

Essential oils have been used on humans for thousands of years.  It’s therefore not necessary to test them on animals.

Next Steps

As you can see, aromatherapy is not just theraputic but also ethical in its very nature. By including aromatherapy in your life, you are one step closer towards nature and all the benefits that it brings. A natural life is a better life, feel the difference and embrace aromatherapy today!

Disclaimer: All information provided on the AromaWorks website is for personal information and interest only, and not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. All advice is purely that, advice, and has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health concerns, we would recommend that you consult your GP / Practitioner. If you are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who can offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Aromaworks accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.