The beauty of aromatherapy and why it's been used for centuries

Beauty of Aromatherapy

By  Natural News

Natural News Julie Wilson  Defined as the "skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health," aromatherapy has been around for centuries. Luckily, it's finally gaining popularity in western culture. Hundreds of essential oils exist, meaning there's a lot to learn about them. Valerie Ann Worwood's book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment, is a great place to start. The following is an excerpt from her book:

You do not need to have worked with essential oils on a daily basis over many years to come to the realization that nature has provided mankind with a tremendously powerful and diverse materia medica. Some of the healing that has taken place under their influence would be called miraculous if we didn't have the scientific basis for explaining how the oils work. But giving a scientific explanation for a remarkable phenomenon does not make it any less miraculous.

The holy anointing oil that God directed Moses to make from "flowing" myrrh, sweet cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil, would have been a powerful antiviral and antibiotic substance, the use of which gave protection and treatment to all those to whom it was administered. Cinnamon is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent as well as being antifungal. Myrrh is an effective antiseptic and one of the best cicatrisants, that is, it stimulates cellular growth and its healing effects on open wounds, ulcers, and boils was legendary even before Biblical times.

There are about three hundred essential oils in general use today by professional practitioners, but the average household could fulfill all its likely needs with about ten. Each oil has its own medicinal and other properties.

Just 10 key essential oils are all you need

Modern-day research has confirmed centuries of practical use of the oils, and we now know that the fragrant pharmacy contains, apart from its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities, essential oils which are antiseptic, antiinflammatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antivenomous, antitoxic, antidepressant, sedative, nervine, analge-sic, hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation-stimulating, circulatory-stimulating, and diuretic, and much more besides.

One of the most satisfactory aspects of using essential oils medicinally and cosmetically is that they enter and leave the body with great efficiency, leaving no toxins behind. The most effective way to use essential oils is not orally, as one might think, but by external application or inhalation.

The methods used include body oils, compresses, cosmetic lotions, baths, including sitz, hand, and foot baths, hair rinses, inhalation (by steam, direct from the bottle or from a tissue), perfumes, room sprays, and a whole range of room methods.

Although under supervision the essential oils can be prescribed for oral ingestion, this is in fact their least effective mode of entry because it involves their passing through the digestive system, where they come into contact with digestive juices and other matter which affect their chemistry. This limitation also applies to any chemical medications. The flexibility of medicinal use makes the essential oils of special benefit to patients whose digestive systems have, for whatever reason, been impaired.

Essential oils heal the body without leaving toxins behind

Unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not, as far as we know, remain in the body. They are excreted through urine and feces, perspiration, and exhalation. Expulsion takes three to six hours in a normal, healthy body and up to fourteen hours in an obese or unhealthy body. The method of excretion differs from oil to oil. For example, sandalwood and juniper can be detected by their aroma quite clearly in urine. Garlic, on the other hand, even if applied to the skin, will be passed out of the body through exhalation, whereas geranium, which is a beneficial circulatory oil, will be detected in the perspiration.

Essential oils are extracted from certain varieties of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, and flowers. The oil is concentrated in different parts of the plant. Vetiver oil is made from the chopped roots of the grass species Vetiveria zizanoides; bay oil is extracted from bay leaves.

For more on essential oils, be sure to pick up a copy of Worwood's book today!

The 10 Essential Oils Everyone should have at Home 

  • Lavender Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Chamomile Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Oregano Oil

Beauty of Aromatherapy

Consider using jasmine to help revitalize your mind and body

By Natural News

Natural News P. Simard  There's no need to convince most Chinese people of jasmine's various health benefits. From the moment that it was initially brought to Asia from Persia during the Song dynasty, the Chinese started consuming it as an enjoyable herbal tea. Nowadays, all around the world it's quite common to find this herb added to all sorts of personal care products. Although most individuals will drink jasmine tea, some may prefer to use it as an essential oil during their aromatherapy sessions. Believe it or not, the simple act of smelling jasmine produces interesting health benefits such as relaxing the nerves.

Jasmine is widely thought to be incredibly beneficial for the digestive system, the immune system, the nervous system, the heart and the mind in general. Its potent antioxidants can help neutralize the cancer-causing free radicals roaming in your body. The University of Maryland has revealed that jasmine's polyphenols may play a vital role in killing cancerous cells. Some anticancer drugs actually have jasmine as one of their key components capable of inhibiting the function of an enzyme named "hexokinase," which is generally responsible for the development of cancer cells.

Can a massage with jasmine oil help you get rid of depression?

The Srinakharinwirot University's Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry conducted research to evaluate the possible effects produced on humans when using jasmine oil during massage therapies. A total of 40 healthy individuals joined the study, which essentially consisted of applying and massaging jasmine oil on each member's abdomen. During the procedure, scientists noticed increases in breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation and blood pressure. The participants displayed a form of psychological arousal and basically felt more alert and vigorous than the placebo control group used to compare results. Researchers came to the final conclusion that jasmine oil had the potential to not only diminish depression but most importantly encourage a state of joy.

A past Kansas State University study demonstrated that jasmine had the ability to somewhat halt the spread of bacteria such as Listeria and Salmonella, or those tied to ailments such as cholera and dysentery. Its antiviral properties can help in preventing the flu too.

It seems like certain catechins found in the plant can help lower triglycerides and overall bad cholesterol levels in the blood. The University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Medicine undertook a study using rats that were initially put on a high-cholesterol kind of diet a week prior to the start of their tests. The animals were then given jasmine tea extracts over the course of the next eight weeks, all while maintaining their high-cholesterol diet. At the end of the two months, it turned out that pretty much all the rats had lower cholesterol levels in their systems.

On a last note, certain herbalists have claimed that specific virtues related to a few of jasmine's compounds, such as linalool, jasmon, indole and benzoic acetate, make it a plausible choice when planning to prepare aphrodisiac remedies. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if jasmine can favorably compare in that field to other recommended herbs such as ginseng and Ginkgo biloba.

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About the author:
After spending several years working in property management and being a web consultant for PS Communications, P. Simard is now focusing on being a naturopath in Quebec.

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The Beauty of Aromatherapy on Get Massage Smart References and Resources

(1) Natural News article by Julie Wilson; "Beauty of Aromatherapy and Why it has been used for Centuries", published on December 25, 2015

(2) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Tea Tree Oil and Its Health Benefits", Published on July 10, 2015

(3) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Rosemary Oil and Its Health Benefits", Published on July 5, 2015

(4) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Grape Seed Oil and Its Health Benefits", Published on May 8, 2015

(5) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Lemon Oil and Its Health Benefits", Published on June 7, 2015

(6) Natural News article by P. Simard; "Consider using jasmine to help revitalize your mind and body"; Published January 12, 2014

(7) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Jasmine Oil Health Benefits"; Published on August 17, 2014

(8) Fruits and Vegetables a YouTube Channel; "Ginko Herb and Its Health Benefits"; Published on May 8, 2015

(9) Dr. Josh Axe a YouTube Channel; "Benefits and Uses of Oil of Oregano"; Published on May 21, 2015 

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