How Aromatherapy Works

Aromatherapy

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How Aromatherapy Works

by Courtney Somer

Aromatherapy is the art of utilizing the life force of plants in the form of essential oils, also thought of as nature’s medicine, to enhance ones emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

When you experience the smell of a rose or a field of lavender, that is the essence of the plants. Once these aromatic substances have been gently distracted, most commonly by steam distillation, they are referred to as essential oils. These oils are highly concentrated and precious. It takes a large amount of plant material to produce small amounts of distilled oil. For example, one drop of rose oil is made from fifty rose flowers.

Essential oils have been used for centuries for medicinal and therapeutic purposes dating back to early Egypt. Thought of as man’s first medicine, records show that at one time they were used to treat virtually every ailment known.

HOW IT WORKS

Olfaction, or the sense of smell, works in a unique way compared to the other senses. When you experience a smell, it takes a different pathway through your brain. Instead of going directly to the thalmas (your giant switchboard in the brain), it first sends information to the limbic system, before you are consciously aware of the scent. This part of the brain is linked to emotions, thoughts, moods, behaviors and memories. The limbic system then releases neurotransmitters, which depending on the scent, can create a variety of effects such as feelings of happiness, relaxation for the body or a stronger immune system. Using a combination of oils, when blended synergistically, creates a more powerful effect then one particular oil.

OUR INGREDIENTS

We believe that these oils carry an energy within them, which is affected by how they are grown, distilled, handled and bottled. As a result, we carefully source all oils and hyrdosols from conscious, experienced farms in the US, Europe, India and South America. We only use the purest, highest quality, therapeutic grade oils.

The only ingredients in our products are oils or flower essences. They are free of parabens, toxins, allergens, synthetics, fragrances, alcohol, chemicals, preservatives, fillers and genetic modification.

Due to our ever-changing world including climate change and seasonal differences, some of our products are offered only as limited editions. To read more about how to use the products, please see our Learn page.