Aromatherapy offers potent medicine to address our holistic wellbeing. Essential oils are the most volatile, biochemically active representation of the plant kingdom and are products of plant metabolism. Comprised of chemical constituents, Essential oils mediate between the plant and its environment attracting, repelling and communicating to achieve homeostasis. Each Essential oil may have well over 100 constituents, yet only one to several impart the odor and taste. Essential oils are stored in various parts of the plant, i.e. flowers (rose), roots (vetiver), fruit (mandarin) and heartwood (sandalwood). Essential oils are extracted solely via distillation (steam/water), citrus oils via expression and absolutes via enfleurage and solvent extraction. Many factors contribute to the quality of the Essential oil produced including method of cultivation, environment, type of herbage used (fresh, dried, organic), harvesting methods, as well as type and length of distillation.
Whether we are looking to strengthen our immunity or address acute bacterial or viral infections, essential oils offer a range of interventions that can assist us in restoring vitality from the physical, emotional and spiritual continuum of our lives. Also known as the “quintessence” of the plant, essential oils are alchemical harbingers of higher vibrational energies that assist us to awaken and accelerate our path of personal transformation and spiritual evolution.
Choosing to be responsible for our own health requires us to listen to the best guide we have on hand — ourselves. This responsibility asks us to listen to our own body, becoming accustomed to its signals and needs. Diet and nutrition are critical components to this process as are the needs for emotional balance and support, we must make the time for the relationships and experiences that nourish and support our optimum selves.
Spiritual, Therapeutic and Aesthetic Benefits of Aromatherapy
True aromatherapy is the art and science of using pure extracts from aromatic plant materials, termed essential oils, to attend to specific health and wellness needs while utilizing a holistic framework. Through education and practice we can explore scent combinations that can help to naturally induce a state of balance in…