Category Archives: Aromatherapy

The therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage

Uses and Abuses of Plant-Derived Smoke

Marcello Pennacchio, Lara Jefferson, Kayri Havens, “Uses and Abuses of Plant-Derived Smoke: Its Ethnobotany as Hallucinogen, Perfume, Incense, and Medicine” Ox.for.d Un.ivers.ity Pr.ess | 2010 | ISBN: 0195370015 | 264 pages | PDF | 5,6 MB

Plants provide the food, shelter, medicines, and biomass that underlie sustainable life. One of the earliest and often overlooked uses of plants is the production of smoke, dating to the time of early hominid species. Plant-derived smoke has had an enormous socio-economic impact throughout human history, being burned for medicinal and recreational purposes, magico-religious ceremonies, pest control, food preservation, and flavoring, perfumes, and incense.

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Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies
by Shalini Kagal

These gentle flower remedies are safe to use and also very effective for specific ailments. This ebook deals with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states for each remedy. There are 38 remedies in all, as advocated by Dr. Edward Bach, with one combination remedy, making it 39 in all. The ebook also prescribes the dosages that should be given. The mental and emotional states should be kept in mind while prescribing these remedies. When the right remedy is given, astounding cures have been effected.

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Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mood, cognitive function or health. The effectiveness of aromatherapy is yet to be scientifically proven, however some evidence exists that essential oils may have therapeutic potential.[1]

Since some essential oils such as tea tree[2] have demonstrated anti-microbial effects, it has been suggested that they may be useful for the treatment of infectious diseases. The evidence base for the efficacy of aromatherapy used to treat medical conditions remains poor with a particular paucity of methodologically rigorous studies[3].  [wikipedia]

Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing, relaxing and energizing by the use of plants and their parts.

The roots, barks, flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts play a crucial part in this science. It is one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines. The word aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy which stands for healing.

Essential oils form the basis of aromatherapy. These essentials oils are the extracts of plants and their parts and form their life force. These oils are extracted by the means of steam distillation, cold expression, or fixed oil or alcohol extraction.

They are highly concentrated and should not be used directly. These oils can be blended together and this blend is called synergy. The synergy is more potent than the individual oils combined.

To reduce the potency of these oils, you can dilute them by mixing them with carrier oils.

These oils affect your mood. They enter through our olfactory system and affect the nervous system, thus improving mood and relaxing or energizing us.

This helps is alleviating stress and speeding up healing. These essential oils also have cosmetic properties and can be used in skincare and hair care products.  Many of these oils have known anti-viral, antifungal and antiseptic properties. They are also used in household products for cleaning and antiseptic uses.

These oils can be inhaled, massaged onto your body, added to the bath or shower or sprayed in the room.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy are the life force of the plants from which they have been extracted. These oils can be massaged on your body, inhaled, added to your bath or sprayed in the air. When you take “Aromatherapy massage” with the essential oils, these oils are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin. [see aromatherapies]