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Aromatherapy
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.
Ayurveda
Ayurveda literally means "science of life and longevity." and is considered to be the traditional system of medicine derived from the Indian philosophy of the Vedas about 5000 years ago.
It is the oldest health care system in the world.
Ayurveda is a science in the sense that it is a complete system.
It is a qualitative, holistic science of health and longevity, a philosophy and system of healing the whole person, body and mind.
Ayurveda is based on the observation of nature and human beings.
Ayurveda believes in a healthful and happy living during the entire span of life and its various phases.
Ayurveda is grounded in the physics of the "five elements": earth, water, fire, air and ether; all of which compose the Universe, including the human body.
Ayurveda emphasizes that whatever is present in the universe or macrocosm is also present in the individual body or microcosm. Man is a miniature of nature..
In Ayurvedic philosophy, the five elements combine in pairs in human bodies to form 3 dynamic forces called doshas.
Doshas means:" which is fast to change" because doshas are constantly moving in dynamic balance one with the others.
Doshas are primary life forces or biological humors, only found in life forms and their dynamism is what makes life happen.
Vata is the combination of air and ether; Vata is “wind”, Pitta is the combination of fire and water, Pitta is “bile”, and Kapha is the combination of water and earth, Kapha is “phlegm”.
Biochemically, the 3 doshas are similar to the 3 basic neuro- humors acetylcholine, catecholamine and histamine.
The 3 doshas or the 3 neuro-humors, are present all over the body. Their main releasing centre is in the brain. They control all the functions of various organs and tissues.
Under too much stress or the strain of life, they are the first components which are disturbed and it leads to various chain of reaction in the body and to diseases.
The non-material components of the universe are known as the 3 qualities: consciousness, passion and inertia. Those qualities define human’s mind.
According to ayurveda, the 3 doshas, are important for health, because when they are in a more balanced state, the body will function to its fullest, and when imbalanced, the body will be affected negatively in certain ways. Ayurveda holds that each human possesses a unique combination of doshas, a unique balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that determines our strengths and weaknesses.
Ayurvedic theory is based on balancing an individual constitution and using food, herbs, plants, purgatives, oils, pastes, massages, yoga and lifestyle adjustments to construct an harmonious life.
Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.
Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure.
Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.
Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable.
If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life.
When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.
For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression.
When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker.
When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to reestablish balance.
Constitution (prakriti).
The constitution is called the prakriti. The prakriti is a person's unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics and the way the body functions to maintain health.
It is influenced by such factors as digestion and how the body deals with waste products. The prakriti is believed to be unchanged over a person's lifetime.
Life forces (doshas). Important characteristics of the prakriti are the three life forces or energies called doshas, which control the activities of the body.
A person's chances of developing certain types of diseases are thought to be related to the way doshas are balanced, the state of the physical body, and mental or lifestyle factors.
Ayurveda's concept of the Tridoshas is unique to medical science. Ayurveda says the body is made up of tissues (dhatus), waste products (malas), and doshas (loosely translated to Energetic Forces).
It is the Tridoshas' job to assist with the creation of all of the various tissues of the body and to remove any unnecessary waste products from the body.
It is also the Tridoshas that influence all movements, all transformations, all sensory functions, and many of the other activities in the human body and mind.
Vata dosha
The Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas. This is for two reasons.
First, if Vata becomes imbalanced for long enough and sufficiently enough, it can also cause the other two doshas (Pitta or Kapha) to become imbalanced.
It can even cause both Pitta and Kapha to become imbalanced; this is called a Tridoshic imbalance and is the most difficult to overcome.
Secondly, Vata is the main driver or mover of the body, including the other two doshas, all the tissues (dhatus) and all of the waste products (malas).
Vata provides the following functions:
• All eliminations: fetus, semen, feces, urine, sweat, and a few others
• Assists with all the various metabolisms in the body (called Agni in Ayurveda)
• Controls all of the various movement of body (both physical & mental),
including such things as respiration, heart beat, motivation and contraction of muscles
• Relays all sensory input from the various sense organs to the brain
Pitta dosha
The Pitta dosha is associated with fire or heat. Wherever there is transformation, there is Pitta (doing its job).
Whether it is in the GI tract, liver, skin, eyes or brain doesn't matter, for these are all locations where Pitta works.
Pitta provides the following functions:
• Metabolism - at all the various levels from digestion of food to transformation of all other material
• Thermogenesis - maintains the proper body temperature
• Vision - converts external images into optic nerve impulses
• Appetite - the feeling of hunger and thirst
• Comprehension - of information into knowledge, also reasoning and judgment
• Courage & Braveness - to face the situation
• Complexion - gives color and softness to skin
Kapha dosha
Kapha is the heaviest of the three doshas. It provides the structures and the lubrication that the body needs.
These qualities help to counterbalance Vata's movement and Pitta's metabolism. A big, heavyset football play or wrestler is a person with a predominance of Kapha.
Kapha provides the following functions:
• Strength - to perform physical tasks
• Moistness & Lubrication - to prevent excessive friction from occurring between the various parts of the body
• Stability - to add the necessary grounding aspect to both mind and body
• Mass & Structure - to provide fullness to bodily tissues
• Fertility & Virility - to produce healthy offspring

Diffusion
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.

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