Aromatherapy – Nature’s Pharmacy
When I open a bottle of my favourite dōTERRA essential oil and inhale the aroma several things happen to me simultaneously.
For a start, my breathing becomes deeper, I am brought into a state of being in the moment but at the same time my mind is taken somewhere else to a distant or recent memory, my body becomes relaxed or energised depending on the oil I have just smelt and my cells are dancing with their new nourishment.
The ancient civilisations cherished essential oils and used them in ceremony and in daily life. Today we have the science to back what the Ancients knew those many thousands of years ago – That Essential Oils are Nature’s Heroes.
First and foremost I need to point out to you that all essential oils are NOT created equally. Sadly, like most industries this one too has been bastardised into mass production at a cheapest cost to the manufacturer. This means adding synthetics to inferior specimens (grown in the wrong regions or picked too early in order to get the new crops into the ground) and the result is far from therapuetic essential oils that instead of instilling me with all of the beautiful experiences mentioned above just me give me a downright painful migraine instead!
Pure essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant, tree or shrub, including the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, seed, berry, rind and rhizome and it is through science that we are rediscovering the incredible healing power of essential oils, which are the lifeblood of the plant kingdom.
Our sense of smell is nothing to be sneezed at as it can warn us of imminent danger such as fire or if something is rotten so we do not to eat it. Additionally, aromas have a strong psychological impact on us too as they bring back memories of past experiences and create a feeling of security, grounding and wellbeing.
Our sense of smell effects many parts of our brains such as:
• Our emotions and memory through the (Limbic System)
• The pituitary regulation (Hypothalamus)
• The release of hormones and body regulation (Pituitary)
• Odour identification (Olfactory Cortex)
• The connection to the neocortex (Thalamus)
• The intellectual connection (Neocortex)
In Aromatherapy, essential oils have for modes of action when interacting with the human body.
• PHARMACOLOGICAL – The effects of chemical changes which take place when an essential oil enters the bloodstream and reacts with hormones, enzymes, etc.
• PHYSIOLOGICAL – The way an essential oil affects the body systems – e.g. whether they are sedated or stimulated.
• PSYCHOLOGICAL – The individual response to the inhaled aroma of an essential oil.• HOLISTIC – The body’s total response to an essential oil, including the responses listed above.
So you are probably thinking to yourself, well that’s just great Beck, it’s all about the aroma – sure they smell nice and they have an effect on my mind, body and soul….But how are they Nature’s Pharmacy?
Without getting too technical, essential oils are subtle, volatile liquids distilled from the plant and can contain hundreds of organic constituents that are 75-100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs. It is because of this that they are rated as the most powerful immune stimulating properties of any natural substance known to man. (Source)
Scientific clinical studies show essential oils to be:
• Immune-stimulating. • Antibacterial.
• Antiseptic. • Anti-viral
• Anti-microbial. • Anti-fungal.
Diseases in both humans and plants can be caused when the cells become deprived of nutrition. The wall of the cell thickens further preventing delivery of nutrients, causing cell deterioration and cell mutation creating a host for bacteria and disease. (Source)
One of the many amazing attributes of essential oils is their amazing ability to penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell wall to the cell nucleus. They literally ‘fly’ through the thickest cell walls feeding the nucleus making hem nature’s most effective catalyst and delivery agent for feeding cells.
There are 3 ways in which you can utilise essential oils, all having a therapeutic cellular effect. These are topically (through the skin), aromatically (diffused into the air) and taken internally.
DISCLAIMER: ONLY USE CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR INGESTION.
NOTE: NOT ALL OILS ARE SUITABLE FOR INGESTION.
Source: Aromatherapy LEVEL ONE – Module 4v3 (Aromatherapy College of Australia) 2004
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