What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils, enhancing health and wellbeing of body and mind. Essential oils can used therapeutically through inhalation, massage, or orally. Think about a room diffuser or inhaler, a massage or an aromatherapy roller, or balm. The essential oils work directly on the brain through the aroma, and enter the bloodstream through the skin, allowing them to work on the whole body. Essential oils are a pure and natural product, but since they are highly concentrated they are diluted in carrier oils such as sweet almond, grape seed, or jojoba oil.

Who Is It For?

Essential oils work holistically and are especially suitable to work with the emotional body. If you are suffering from stress, burnout, insomnia, anxiety, confusion or any other emotional issue, then essential oils are a powerful aid to return you to balance. They also support the healthy function of the physical body, working with the endocrine system, nervous system, circulation, digestion, and so on. Aromatherapy products work wonders as a natural remedy for everyday issues such as headaches, colds and flu, and pains. 

Therapeutic Properties

Essential oils have numerous therapeutic properties and most are naturally antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. All of them are considered mood elevators and anti-depressants, as interestingly the sense of smell has been directly linked to mood and depression. Essential oils are complex, consisting on average of about 100 chemical compounds, rose is one of the most complex essential oils with more then 300 chemical compounds. 

Unlike most drugs and herbal medicines, essential oil molecules are able to bypass the so-called ‘blood-brain barrier’ because of their small size and their solubility profile. They work on a cellular level and affect the biochemistry in our body. Did you know we actually have olfactory receptors in our entire body? Aromatherapy is increasingly used in clinical settings around the world and the body of research around their therapeutic effects is growing rapidly.

Creation of Essential Oils

Essential oils are created in specialised glands in different plant parts, including leaves, fruits, seeds, roots, flowers, and woody parts. For example, lavender is distilled from the flowering tops and stalks of the lavender plant, peppermint from the partly dried leaves, and fennel from the crushed seeds. The plant itself uses these essential oil compounds for for important biological tasks, such as protection against predators, pollination and wound healing. 

Steam Distillation and Cold Pressing

Essential oils are most often created through a process of steam distillation. This process liberates the essential oils from the plant cells through steam, and when cooled the essential oil is separated from the water. The water is called a hydrosol or hydrolat and also has a ton of therapeutical and culinary uses! Only citrus fruit essential oils are extracted through cold pressing of the peel. Sweet orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, yuzu and bergamot are examples of such oils. For all plants the yield is often only 1-2 %, so a lot of plant material is used for a little essential oil.

Quality

Because of the value of essential oils, there are many adulterated and diluted oils on the market. I make sure I use only essential oils of the best quality with outstanding energetic quality and therapeutic value. The essential oils are pure and unadulterated and come from sustainable agriculture, always distilled from plants that are either organic or wild harvested. Only these essential oils are suitable for therapeutic treatment of body, mind and spirit, and ensure we treat our earth with care. Essential oils are always diluted in carrier oils, such as sweet almond oil, for which I also use only the best quality from sustainable agriculture.

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    Inge Kuijper

    I wish to see a world in which people find health, wellbeing, and happiness through a loving relationship with nature.