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This page gives information about aromatherapy, essential oils, carrier oils and contains educational material

What is Aromatherapy

  • Ancient holistic therapy dating back 5000 years
  • Uses for herbs, spices, and resins are documented on Egyptian papyri, Vedic Scripts from India and the Yellow Emperors book of internal medicine from China
  • Scientific basis for blending pure essential oils from herbs, resins, spices and flowers.
  • Balances the body and activiates its healing power with natural therapeutics
  • Works on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels
  • Powerful natural healing therapy using the essence of plants in a highly condensed form
  • Aromatherapy has been a generally respected treatment in both France and England

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

  • Steam Distillation:

The most commonly used technique to isolate essential oils from most herbs, grasses, roots and trees

  • Expression:

    Citrus fruits are pressed, yielding essential oils of Bergamot, lemon, orange, etc.

  • Extraction:

    CO2 - the best solvent leading to pure and superior essential oils

    Organic solvents - may leave chemical residues and are considered problematic

NOTE: only products based on pure and unadulterated essential oils should be called Aromatherapy. Unless it is 100% pure, it is NOT Aromatherapy. Synthetic products will not have the same healing effects and may have adverse effects.

How Aromatherapy Works

  • Emotional Level:

    • Smelling the scent
    • Triggers a response in the mimbic brain
    • Immediately changes the mood, relieving depression, renewing joy and balance

  • Mental Level:

    • Essential oils absorb through the mucous membranes
    • Can pass the blood-brain barrier and affect the brain directly
    • Relieving anxiety and stress, correcting imbalances, neutralizing nervous tension, stimulating and focusing the brain


  • Physical Level:

    • Absorbed through the skin during massage or bath
    • Nourishes the skin and absorbs into the blood stream
    • Directly affecting organs, clearing sinuses, strengthening the immune system, balancing blood pressure, stimulating blood flow and circulation, reducing inflammation and removing toxins.

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