Aromatherapy is the use of natural essential oils from concentrated extracts of trees, herbs and flowers for treatment, healing and prevention of disease. Specific uses include pain- and anxiety-reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching. As we live in the stressful 21st century, aromatherapy has become a very popular form of relaxation.
The Chinese and Egyptian aromatherapy practices are believed to be the oldest in the world, predating the other ancient civilizations, although there are others who have known specific prophylactic properties of aromatic plants.
The Catholic Church gained total control over Europe from around 1300AD. As they believed that illness was the punishment of Go, herbal treatments, as well as other natural treatments, were thought of as heathen, and their use was driven underground, and bleeding and prayer prevailed. The science of aromatherapy would have to wait many centuries to be fully explored.
In the 19th century, there was some limited scientific research on certain herbs’ ability to treat illnesses. But, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that aromatherapy was born. — The ancient practice of Aromatherapy through the civilizations
Six Essential Oils
- Lavender for calming and insomnia; for first aid, burns, stings and bites; in baths massage, and inhalation.
- Tea Tree (antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal) for first aid, cuts, bites, dandruff.
- Eucalyptus – to kill cold germs in the air, for treating colds, sinus congestion, headaches, a digestive aid, pain killer, travel sickness. Use in massage, compress, diffuser, inhalant.
- Orange – Calming and uplifting, it blends well with the other citrus oils and Lavender.
- Lemon – fights germs and bacteria, Great for cleaning, refreshing citrus scent that helps concentration.
- Peppermint – energizes, excellent when traveling, reduces nausea and headache, improves digestion.