Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for relieving symptoms in the physical body. Essential oils are subtle volatile material extracted from grasses, buds, peels, branches, needles, bark, leaves, seeds, berries, flowers, roots, woods, herbs and spices.
Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exerting signifiant antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hormonal and psychological effects. They have the ability to penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the blood and tissues.
The powerful life force inherent in many essential oils gives them the ability to communicate and interact with cells in the human body.
Essential oils are also able to reach deep into the recesses of our brain, cross the chemicals barriers and open the hidden channels within minds bodies.
According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priest and physicians were using essential oils thousands years before Christ to heal the sick. Practitioners of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine have valued essential oils for thousands years.
Aromatherapy has been practiced in one form or another since the beginning of civilization.
Essential oils offer an inexhaustible reservoir of diversity and are the best way to provide mankind with effective, safe, beautiful and pharmacologically active ingredients found in plants.
Apart from the physical benefits, essential oils can have subtle effects on the mind and emotions.
When a fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose and are trapped in the receptors cells of the olfactory membranes. The olfactory membranes contain about 800 million nerves endings carrying the essential oils molecules message to the olfactory bulb which is actually an extension of the brain. The olfactory bulb transmit electrical impulses to important parts of the limbic system in the brain and to the cerebral cortex.
The limbic system controls many vitals activities such as sleep, sexual drive, hunger and thirst as well as smell. This is also the area of the brain that relates to emotions and memory. It is connected to parts of the brain controlling heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels and hormone balance. Odors also connect with the part of the brain called hypothalamus, which controls the endocrine system and nervous system. Essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects on our moods, emotions and body. Through this all mechanism, essential oils powerful molecules comes into direct contact with the brain.
Most of the essential oil molecules that trigger the system are breathed out, although some enter the blood stream via the lungs and circulate through the body.
Essential oils tiny volatiles molecules have the power to cross the blood-brain barrier and come in direct contact with the human brain through the olfactory system. The essential oil itself goes no further than the inside of the nose, but it triggers off a nerve impulse, amplified along the way, which has far reaching repercussions.
The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to then limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center. Anxiety, depression, fear, anger and joy all emanate from this region. This is why the scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. Where smells are concerned, we react first and think later.
The limbic lobe can also directly activate the hypothalamus which is one of the most important part of the brain, acting as our hormonal control center.. It releases chemical messengers that can affect everything from our sex drive to energy levels. The production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones and neurotransmitters, like serotonin, are all governed by the hypothalamus.
Essential oils, through their fragrance and unique molecular structure, can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and hypothalamus and exert a profound effect on body and mind.
Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils into the atmosphere, so that their aroma fills a room or a specific area with the natural fragrance.
Diffusing therapeutic essential oils into the environment has differents benefits: effectively reduce microbes in the air, alter mood/ motivation and emotions and support mind/body health.
Extensive research has been performed showing the efficacy of essential oils in eliminating or destroying airborne pathogens.
Diffused oils increase oxygen availability and produce negative ions. Diffusers spears the essential oils into the atmosphere and start healing almost instantly.
Diffusing essential oils promotes relaxation, relieves tension, clear the mind and improve concentration, helping children focus on their homework, relaxing parents after a busy day at work...
When oils are diffused in a home, they purify the air itself by removing toxins, metallic particles and other harmful microscopic debris.
They also increase the atmospheric oxigen of the air and boost levels of beneficial ozone and negative ions which dramatically inhibit the growth and reproduction of airborne pathogens.
As the odorous molecules drift to the various surfaces of each room, they rapidly kill virtually all pathogenic bacteria, molds and fungi they come into contact with.
Diffusing essential oils creates an infectious free zone of air within the home protecting your loved ones.
Breathing air infused with essential oils attacks any virus or bacteria lining in the respiratory tract which may have been inhaled outside the infectious free zone.
It also keeps the infection from spreading to the whole family.
The aromatic diffusers first appeared in Paris in 1960, when dr. Bidault demonstrated the germicidal action of aromatic essential oils on tuberculosis, whooping cough and influenza.
Since then, various studies were conducted to validate the effectiveness of the essential oils against airborne bacteria and molds.
A diffuser is a beautiful way to disperse essential oils throughout a home or workplace, an excellent idea for natural protection, health and purification.
By using a diffuser, dispensing therapeutic aromatherapy treatment to a number of people simultaneously, is the most pleasant and natural way to administer the uplifting, rejuvenating, relaxing and inspiring effects of essential oils.