Background to Aromatherapy

What are Essential Oils and how do they work?

Essential Oils are sourced from plants, flowers, wood, and seeds. They are made up of a combination of chemicals which can be isolated through distillation or, via a mechanical process.

They have been used throughout history for their therapeutic & medicinal properties.

The term “essential oil” is derived from “quintessential” or the 5th element, that which gives life, force.

Smell is also one of the 5 senses of the human sensory nervous system – (sight, sound, touch, taste & smell), and is deeply connected to our health and well-being.  When we experience a scent, it triggers all sorts of responses in our body, for example smelling some foods cooking can make us hungry or smelling something euphoric or sensual can be an aphrodisiac. This is because, once inside the nasal cavity, the olfactory system decodes the scent particles and sends messages throughout the body. This can be a powerful way to help alter our mood and create a positive and relaxed mindset to keep us healthy both physically and mentally.

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