What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatic plants have been used for thousands of years to help heal humans.
There is evidence that scented herbs were used by the ancient Sumerians some 4,000 years ago. In the 1870’s, a scroll of papyrus paper was discoverd that revealed a list of over 850 botanical remedies the Egyptians used dating from 1500B.C. to produce both perfumes and ointments.
Also known as Essential Oil Therapy…
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process.
As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’-ease.”
– National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
In his book, Aromatherapy for the Healing Spirit, Gabriel Mojay explains,
“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.”
We, as human beings, are made up of vital substances, such as blood, lymph and bodily fluids, that are simply manifestations of energy. Energy is know as Qi (pronounced “chi”).
The very essence of Nature is energy itself and essential oils are vital substances that are the products of the synergistic relationship of plant and sun. Many of the outward manifestations of stress, such as psoriasis, fungal infections, susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections, intestinal dysfunctions as well as emotional responses can be gently balanced with the use of essential oils through inhalation, topical application, diffusion or through ingestion.
Each oil has botanical, therapeutic and energetic healing qualities, many of which are evidenced by research through the evaluation of the chemical components in a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry test.
As part of our mission with Anam Cara Essentials, we work to support the individual, their emotional balance, immune system and wellbeing with the use of essential oils in the practice of Aromatherapy.
As a Certified Professional Aromatherapist, I am proud to be a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.