What is Therapeutic Aromatherapy?
Therapeutic Aromatherapy is massage therapy with essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion. Some of the health benefits of aromatherapy include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion and increase circulation.
There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level. An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil.
Healing and Recovery
As stimulants, many essential oils can help increase the rate of healing throughout the body. This can be due to increased oxygen and blood flow to wounds as well as more internal healing processes like those following surgeries or illness. The anti-microbial properties of certain essential oils also keep the body protected during these delicate healing stages of the body.
Why Do People Get Therapeutic Aromatherapy?
Since Therapeutic Aromatherapy is a bit like Swedish massage but with scent added, people often get it for muscle- and joint-related conditions or for physical or mental stress. Other conditions include:
- Medicinal Benefits: Bruises, Sprains, Burns, Scars, Cold, Flu, Asthma, Bronchitis, Fungal Infections, Inflammation, Digestive Disorders.
- Emotional Benefits: Depression, Grief, Anxiety, Insomnia, Lack of Concentration, Poor Memory, Moodiness, Nervous tension.
- Skin Care Benefits: Dermatitis, Stretch Marks, Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis, Mature Skin, Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Antifungal & Antibacterial activity.
Science Behind Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the inhalation and topical application of essential oils (or the pure essence from plants). As a form of alternative medicine, it is used to enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Let’s take a look at the general health benefits of aromatherapy.
When a person inhales an essential oil that scent is carried by olfactory nerve cells in the nose to the olfactory system which then sends the aroma to the brain, namely the limbic system, the house of emotions and emotional behavior such as intimacy, passion and sex. Immediately, and depending on the oil, you may begin to feel more alert or more relaxed. You may feel excited and aroused. You may feel the release of negative emotions and/or the soothing of muscle tension. Mood enhancers like serotonin and endorphins get released.
Our sense of smell is 10,000 more powerful than any other sense and the recognition of smell is immediate. (Other senses like touch travel to the brain via the spinal cord.) Smell is also the strongest link to the subconscious mind and also to our collective unconscious mind where memories are stored.
Essential oils have high antioxidant properties as measured by the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), a test developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tufts University to measure the antioxidant speed and power of free radical inhibition. The oxidative damage caused by free radicals is implicated in everything, from aging and wrinkling of skin to DNA damage, cancer, heart disease, and premature death. Antioxidants control for free radical damage at the cellular level and supports youthful aging and a healthy body.
While vegetables and fruits have antioxidant power (e.g., cucumber at 60 units of antioxidant strength; celery at 75 units; apple at 207 units; broccoli at 890 units; blueberries at 2,400 units), essential oils have higher antioxidant strength (e.g., Orange oil at 18,898 units; Ylang Ylang has an ORAC of 1,300,478 units; Patchouli has an approximate ORAC of 494,271 units.) (“Units” are actually called “TE/L.” TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.)
When essential oils are applied to the skin the oils are absorbed through the skin. Since the oils don’t dissolve in water and attach to body fat and fluids they get into the body’s systems bringing their antioxidants and enhancing our immune strength.
Why Aromatherapy Boosts Mood! FEEL THE VIBE . . .
In addition to the antioxidant influx essential oils bring when applied to the skin the oils also invoke good feelings of wellness and vitality through a process called “entrainment.” According to researchers in Washington using Tainio Technology the vibrational frequency of essential oils are the highestof any natural substance known to man. Through the principle of entrainment the oil’s higher frequency will raise the vibratory quality of that individual.
For example their technology has shown these frequencies:
Healthy human body is 62-70 MHz.
Human cells can start to change (mutate) when their frequency drops below 62MHz.
58 MHz is the frequency of your body when you have a cold or the flu.
When candida is present within your body, you vibrate at a frequency of 55MHz.
52 MHz is the frequency of a body with Epstein-Barr virus present.
42 MHz is the frequency of a body wherein cancer can appear.
When the death process begins, the frequency has been measured at 20 MHz.
The measured frequencies of essential oils have been shown to go as high as 320 MHz as seen with Rose oil! Lavender has a frequency of 118 MHz and Sandalwood has a frequency of 96 MHz. Oils entrain the cells of the body to increase their vibratory rate. Can you feel the vibe of good health? Good health actually has a frequency! 70MHz.
To put this frequency business into perspective, dead foods such as hamburger and chicken have a frequency of 3 to 5 MHz; raw almonds vibrate at 50 MHz; living greens such as broccoli and wheatgrass have a frequency of 70MHz. Living greens, herbs and botanicals capture light from the sun and that light or “life force” is held in the molecules.
(Oil frequencies are documented in these books: The Essential Oil Desk Reference, published by Essential Science Publishing 2001; and Reference Guide for Essential Oils, by Connie and Alan Higley, Revised edition 2001.)