means treatment using scents. It refers to the use of essential oils in holistic healing to improve health and well being. Essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruit, bark, grasses and seeds with distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that improve health and prevent illness. All essential oils have unique healing and valuable antiseptic properties such as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-depressant, stimulating, relaxing, expectorating, support digestion and have diuretic properties too.
Each essential oil is made up of numerous different organic tiny molecules, they are extremely volatile and they can enter the body in three ways: by inhalation, absorption and consumption (not available).
By inhaling, the aroma enters our nose and connects with cilia, the fine hair inside the nose lining, which are linked to the olfactory bulb at the end of the smell tract, which in turn is linked to our brain. For example smelling lavender increases alpha waves in the brain that helps us to relax. A whiff of Jasmine increases beta waves, which is associated with an increased agile and alert state. Smells act directly on the brain and have a significant impact on the way we feel, they can make us remember long forgotten memories or bring buried emotions to the surface.
Absorption through the skin is mostly done with massage, the tiny molecules of the oils are encouraged to penetrate our skin and once absorbed, they are then dispersed throughout the body's extra-cellular fluids, stimulating or relaxing the client and at the same time having effects elsewhere in the body by treating meridians or reflex zones. By stimulating the local blood supply by massage/Reflexology, the oils are especially well absorbed by organs supplied by these blood vessels. As nerves too have a blood supply, this could explain how these oils can act on nerves directly and so cause effects at a distance.
After being absorbed, the oils are excreted mainly via lungs, urine and perspiration.
Aroma oils have been used for more than 6000 years for bathing and massaging. In 4.500 BC, Egyptians used myrrh and cedar wood oils for embalming their dead and 6500 years later the preserved mummies prove the fact that cedar wood oils contain natural and strong anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties.
Aroma oils work like magic for stress related problems, psychosomatic disorders, infections, inflammations, pains arising from muscular or skeletal disorders and many more. In fact, they have innumerable benefits to our health and with the extremely pleasant smells they are a wonderful addition to my treatments.
In my clinic I use essential oils with diffusers and as evaporation takes place, the whole atmosphere is filled with aromatic scent, tailored to my clients need or ailment.
Essential Oils are also included in the cream I use for Reflexology and during the treatment massaged deeply into the skin of the feet and lower legs for additional benefits to my clients. The cream is my own recipe and hand made of only natural ingredients, free of any mineral oil based substances. The cream can be purchased at my clinic.