Aroma Therapy is the process of using essential oils from plants and seeds to interact with your bodies natural systems encouraging the body to self heal. The sense of smell has a powerful effect on the entire body. For example have you ever had a specific smell trigger a memory? Or when you smell your favorite food being cooked you can already taste it? With aroma therapy I use different essential oils that will interact with your bodies systems in to care for a variety of ailments.
How Does it Work?
Understanding how aroma therapy works is really learning how essential oils work with the body. The oils can absorb into the skin to work locally, or they can be inhaled to help with over all well being.
- Skin Absorption
Inhaled Essential Oils
By inhaling essential oils, either applied to the hand or using a diffuser, they will interact with the olfactory system. The olfactory system consists of the physical organs and cells that are used in the sense of smell. This systems is concentrated in the nose and sinus, there fore when inhaled with the nose the molecules interact with the olfactory system and the brain. The molecules will also be carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system.
When Essential oils are inhaled for aroma therapy the molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites. One of these receptor sites is the limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). Using this interaction I can create a customized blend of essential oils that is tailored made to treat your ailments. Such as lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress levels and increasing memory.
Our skin is somewhat permeable. The active chemicals in essential oils are absorbed through the skin. Similar to how pain relief cream for sore muscles or hormone replacement therapy cream. The essential oils that I use for skin absorption can help with ailments like sore muscles and eczema. Essential oil blends can also help with scar reduction, healthy skin at any age, arthritis relief and PMS relief.