What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a complementary healing modality, which has been practised throughout the world for at least 5000 years, and is based on the use and application of therapeutic-grade essential oils to enable the body/mind achieve and maintain a state of balance.   The name Aromatherapy literally means “therapy through the use of aromas.”  De-stressing the body and mind through massage and aromatic oils can optimize your health, well-being, and enjoyment of life.  True health is a matter of harmony between body, mind, and spirit, and once this is achieved, the healing can begin through the body’s own innate wisdom.

How Aromatherapy Works

Over the years, human beings have minimized the importance of smell, since we tend to rely on it less for survival. However it is our most powerful sense.  The nose and its path to the olfactory nerves is the only place on the body where the external environment directly accesses the brain, and more specifically, the hypothalamus, where there is a direct and immediate response.  The hypothalamus helps to maintain body temperature, water balance, sleep, appetite, effects our emotions and desires, controls the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and the pituitary gland, hormone secretions, influences heartbeat, and the contraction and relaxation of blood vessel walls.  During inhalation, molecules of essential oils are also distributed to the body via the alveoli in the lungs, sending oxygenated blood throughout the body.  As a topical application, essential oils are easily absorbed by the body due to their very small molecular structure, and there again, are transported throughout the body via the bloodstream, where they begin to exert their balancing and healing effect.

"Food nourishes the body, but flowers nourish the soul."