Art + Science = The Power of the Plants

Art+Science=Power of Plants
Nature is the unseen intelligence that loved us into being.
-Elbert Hubbard

Art: noun- the creation of beautiful or significant things; superior skill one can learn by study and practice and observation
Science: noun- the ability to produce a solution in some problem domain; a particular branch of scientific knowledge

Utilizing the infinite possibilities of essential oil blending to develop & create, coupled with the medicinal actions of chemical components of the plants, allows certified aromatherapists the power to blend for specific intentional (therapeutic) purposes while additionally supporting the energetic, systemic and psychological elements of the individual.
This engages ART and SCIENCE!
Understanding the specific chemical constituents of essential oils allows the practitioner the confidence to create purposefully with knowledge and science as the basis for component blending. The exciting part is that this involves chemistry and evidence-based research which has been mounting within the field of aromatherapy for many decades.

So how does one know the chemical components of an oil? Through the use of a chemical analysis called a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry report. The “GCMS” report breaks down all of the chemicals in the oil based on chemical family and percentages. The chemical families and individual components then give the aromatherapist valuable information for intentional blending. This allows for accurate determination of which oils to use for what purposes.

For instance, there is a chemical component called 1,8 cineole that is found in many essential oils such as; Eucalyptus Globulus - Eucalyptus globulus, Ravintsara – Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole, Spike Lavender – Lavandula latifolia and Rosemary ct camphor-Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, just to name a few. This powerful component has been found in scientific research to perform with antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and expectorant/mucolytic effects. 1,8 Cineole is in the chemical family of the Oxides which, as a group, are very powerful aids in respiratory illness. Learn more here

Since we are aware of the power of the plants, it is of utmost importance that one rely on a properly trained professional for support and development of their aromatherapy products. There are many oils that can be associated with safety concerns. These considerations can effect the integrity of the skin and can be harmful in relation to pregnancy, asthma, epilepsy and other serious health conditions. It is imperative that users of essential oils are provided with proper instruction in use and care for their essential oil products.

Many people consider not only inhalation and topical application of oils but also ingesting oils. I caution anyone who considers doing so, as this can be highly toxic and even deadly. There are few practitioners who are qualified to suggest internal use of essential oils. Please be aware of the dangers prior to taking any essential oil internally.

It is also very important when using oils for inhalation or topical purposes that one makes sure the oils are pure, unadulterated and from reputable sources. If your source is able to speak clearly and with knowledge about a GCMS report and is forthright in producing a copy for you, then you can likely purchase with confidence. If they aren’t willing to share the chemical analysis, you should seriously question whether they are selling pure 100% essential oils of therapeutic grade and value.
By purchasing essential oil products from reliable , transparent sources you are ensuring you are protecting the health and well-being of yourself and your family.

To learn more about AROMATHERAPY we suggest you check out the following sources: National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy.
PUB Med offers a vast and rich resource for research information in relation to clinical aromatherapy. To view an abstract relating to the use of essential oils in treatment of knee pain & osteoarthritis click here.

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