Aromatherapy, as the fastest growing alternative health and beauty treatment, has revealed the ancient secrets of its rejuvenating treatment.
The early 20th century saw the rapid emergence of the use of essential oils as many synthetic drugs have unpleasant side effects. Today a wide variety of medical practitioners use these oils.
The plant and flower essences that form the basis of this natural therapy are usually secreted from special cells in one or several parts of aromatic plants, and from the sap and tissues of certain trees. Also present in the roots, stems, barks, leaves and flowers in varying quantities, they are extensively utilised to treat everything from arthritis and menstrual cramps, to anxiety and depression.
These oils, used alone or in blends, work on two levels:
- Physically through the contact with the skin where essential properties are absorbed and carried throughout the body; and
- Emotionally because of their ability to calm and soothe, as well as, uplift and invigorate. This occurs when the scent is carried by the olfactory system to the brain, producing an emotional and hormonal response.
The cornerstone of aromatherapy - focuses not merely on the body, but the mind and spirit as well.