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Aromatherapy

A Positive Holistic Approach

Introduction to Aromatherapy

By Barbara Williams

Aromatherapy is an alternative health methodology founded on a more holistic approach to coping with health problems and complaints. It is a completely natural, non-invasive treatment that treats the person as a whole as opposed to treating a disease or illness in isolation. On the whole, Western medicine tends to isolate a patient's problem areas and health concerns and treats them alone. Whereas Eastern medicine, which is considered alternative medicine in the West, tends to use a more holistic approach. That is, it views the body as an integrated system so that when there is a medical problem in one area, the practitioner of alternative medicine determines the best way to return to proper whole-body function.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

Aromatherapy combines both art and science by utilizing naturally occuring aromatic plant extracts to promote mind, body, and spiritual health. Essential oils and essences used in aromatherapy seek to harmonize and rebalance the body while enhancing the body's own healing process so to promote the body's self-regulating, maintaining, and healing capabilities. Aromatherapy also seeks to bring relief on emotional as well as physical levels.

Aromatherapy has provided relief and beneficial results for a vast array of conditions. These include treatment of skincare complaints such as dermatitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis, cellulite, varicose veins and stretch marks, among others. Aromatherapy can also provide emotional benefits to combat depression, hysteria, irritability, panic attacks, difficulty with concentration, insomnia and moodiness. Additionally, aromatherapy has been utilized successfully to treat burns, bruises, sprains and strains, asthma, bronchitis, flu, muscular aches and pains, skin inflammation, and digestive problems such as constipation.

Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils and essences to promote health. In fact it is an art which must be learned properly to be used successfully. If one is seeking aromatherapy treatments, it is essential that one is dealing with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner because using essential oils is a precise and learned science. Further, if used incorrectly, essential oils can do more harm than good. They tend to be highly concentrated extracts which are harvested by distilling a variety of plant materials including, but not limited to, flowers, leaves, fruit peel, wood, and grasses. An essential oil can be distilled a number of ways, most commonly by either using water or steam or by mechanically processing it, particularly in the case of citrus rinds, or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation process, the essential oil is then physically separated from the water. Essential oils generally do not feel greasy and many of them do not leave an oily residue. These oils penetrate the skin very easily and get absorbed into the bloodstream where they will then be reabsorbed at different rates by different organs throughout the body.

Article Source: http://www.healthandwellnesscentral.com

Barbara Jones writes for several web sites, on health and wellness and alternative health themes.

Recommended Book


Aromatherapy an A to Z by Patricia Davis This is the most up-to-date encyclopedia of aromatherapy available today, with over four hundred entries covering more than 200 medical conditions and 82 essential oils. It explains the properties of essential oils and the health conditions that benefit from them. There is also advice on hazardous oils. There are recipes and formulae for baths, creams and tonics. All the entries are comprehensive and fluently written, and provide an easy-to-understand introduction to a wide range of topics.

Called “The Aromatherapist’s Bible” by The Aromatherapy Quarterly, the A-Z has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, which explains why it has earned and kept its place among the handful of indispensable reference books on aromatherapy.

Reviews


Excellent, 19 Jul 2006
This book is wonderful for anyone who wants to practice aromatherapy within the comfort of their own home. The book explains the history of aromatherapy & then goes on to the A-Z. The A-Z includes the essential oils & all the conditions it's used to treat & other treatments that can be used in conjunction with aromatherapy e.g. Acne, Acupunture etc.

The Appendix has a list of all the hazardous essential oils, oils that are not to be used during pregnancy, oils that must not be used on people suffering from Epilipsy and good combinations for bathing etc. I found the book informative and very useful!

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