Saturday, 11 August 2012

Essential oils - Therapeutic applications

Through clinical aromatherapy, wellbeing in salons and spas, natural perfumery, environmental fragrancing and lending flavour to food and drink the aroma of essential oils like lavender, lemon, peppermint whether faint or overpowering are everywhere.

Modern aromatherapy books began as slim books based on the work of scientists, Gattefosse and Valnet in evaluating the therapeutic effects of essentials oils with the aim of allocating therapeutic properties to each oil and gaining a better understanding of their safe and effective use in a clinical setting.  This set the scene for an aromatherapy profession and an aromatherapy trade. 

It became rapidly established that an aromatherapy based on using the synthetic constituents of essential oils was neither safe or effective.  Such chemicals however do find use in pharmaceutical preparations and capsules.

Today therapists study for a national vocational qualification in the UK and belong to the principal member organisations for qualified aromatherapists the FHT, IFA and IFPA.

Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It is to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing process.  As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness.

While essential oil science has been well established there was a renewal in the 1960s in spiritual enquiry, something rather put on hold by the fast advancing materialism of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Man has evolved as a social animal and 'does not live by bread alone'.  With sufficient to meet material needs man's curiosity again turns to the bigger questions in life and to a more traditional holistic approach to life.  While aromatherapy can claim its spectacular successes its greatest claim is to be able to enhance the wellbeing of all.

Essential oils are used in Aromatherapy for therapeutic effect in the following areas in particular.  Skincare, Circulation, Muscles, Joints, Respiratory system, Digestive system, Genito-urinary and endocrine, Immune system, Nervous system




Athletes foot

Baldness and hair care

Boils, abcesses, blisters



Chapped and cracked skin


Cold sores/herpes

Congested and dull skin




Dry and sensitive skin


Excessive persiration

Oily skin or scalp


Insect bites

Insect repellant

Irritated and inflamed skin


mouth and gum infections/ulcers





Scars and stretch marks

Slack tissue



Toothache and teething pain

Varicose veins


Warts and corns


Wrinkles and mature skin

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