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Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

  Description: Aromatherapy
  Statistical Information
  Symptoms Treated
  Questions to ask the Practitioner
  General Tips
  Products and Services
  Books and Publications  

Aromatherapy is an alternative method of healing that is based upon the external use of highly concentrated essential aromatic plant oils for the promotion of physical and psychological well-being. The term Aromatherapy originated in France, when chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse discovered the therapeutic qualities of essential oils. He had treated his lab burn with lavender oil and found that the wound healed quickly. He then extended his research onto wounded soldiers and learned that there were a number of essential oils that accelerated the healing process.

Aromatic plants have been utilized for healing purposes in both the east and the west since ancient times. There is recorded history of the Babylonians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Chinese and Indians using botanicals for either medicinal, religious or pleasurable pursuits.

Currently this holistic healing method is being utilized throughout the world. In the United States many hospitals that offer complementary and alternative methods include aromatherapy. The United Kingdom was the first to introduce massage as an adjunct therapy to aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is administered by inhalation or application and on occasion taken internally(but that is only under the care of licensed professional).

Statistical studies show the following:
The art Aromatherapy became popular in the United States beginning in the 1980s. It has been gaining popularity since then and is deemed by many to be one of the leading alternative and complementary method. In Great Britain, aromatherapy is one of the most frequently utilized alternative healing modality.
Clinical and laboratory studies of aromatherapy have shown positive healing effects.

Aromatherapy can be used on its own and as complement to conventional medical care and other alternative healing methods. It has been shown to be effective in the following conditions:   Cardiovascular conditions: Heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.
  Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea, diverticulitis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome),nausea Ulcerative Colitis and more.
  Respiratory conditions: Allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, and more
  Skin disorders: Acne, eczema, wrinkles, wounds and more
  Pain conditions: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle cramps.
  Psychological conditions: Anxiety, depression, nervousness and more.
  Sleep disorders: Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and more.

Questions to ask the Practitioner
    How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method  
    What is your success rate  
    Certificates and Licenses  

General Tips
    Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of alternative treatment
    Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use.
   Make sure that your aromatherapist knows your complete medical history and what medication or herbs you are taking Inquire about the training and experience of your aromatherapist.
   Be aware that certain essential oils are contraindicated if you are pregnant
   Certain essential oils should be avoided if you suffer from epilepsy, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and diabetes.
   Some essential oils cause photosensitivity avoid exposure to the sun after using those oils.
   Undiluted essential oils should not be used on skin
   Essential oils are flammable

List of Products & Services
   H2EO Ultrasonic Diffuser diffuser
   AURA CACIA Aromatherapy Room Diffuser
   Mountain Rose Herbs - Essential Oils

Books & Publications
   Complete Book Essential Oils Aromatherapy
   Aromatherapy Z Comprehensive Guide Published 




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