Now adding Therapeutic Grade Aromatherapy to our list of services!
We will gradually be adding essential oils and oil "blends, so that aromatherapy can be added to any therapeutic massage session. More information on Aromatherapy in general along with a list of the essential oils now available, and with their properties will be updated regularly.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
ã€€*note ALL OILS used are of THERAPEUTIC GRADE!
*NOT all oils are the same...we only use Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils. These oils have the optimal blend of plant chemicals to ensure maximum potency and results. Other perfumes, oils and fragrances may smell good, however they can lack the natural plant properties that make healing possible. "Adulterated" or synthetic oils can lack therapeutic benefits and even may carry risks. Every Young Living Therapeutic Grade oil meets the highest standards in Plants, Preparation, Purity and Potency.
What you might not know about Essential Oils:
Essential Oils are the oldest and some of the most powerful therapeutic agents known. They have a millennium-long history of use in healing and anointing throughout the ancient world.
With the advent of modern industrial biochemicals during the last two centuries, natural therapeutic agents like essential oils, have unfortunately been largely forgotten. Over the last 20 years essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as their broad-spectrum antibacterial and therapeutic action has been rediscovered by many health-care professionals. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known, exerting significant antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hormonal, and psychological effects. They have the ability to penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the blood and tissues, and enhance electrical frequencies. They have the unmatched ability to communicate and interact with cells in the human body, as they have a chemical structure that is similar to that found in human cells and tissues I truly believe they will be a part of our medicine of our future.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. They are highly complex/concentrated, far more potent than dried herbs.
Essential oils are oxygenating and help transport nutrients to the cells of our body. Without oxygen, nutrients cannot be assimilated: so the oxygenating essential oils can help maintain our health.
The distillation of an entire plant may produce only a single drop of essential oil. They differ from vegetable oils like corn, peanut and olive oil. They are NOT greasy and do NOT clog pores like vegetable oils can.ã€€
How do Essential Oils Work?
When inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes well protected by the lining inside the nose. Each odor molecule fits like a puzzle piece into specific receptor cells lining a membrane. When stimulated by odor molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb, which then transmits the impulses to the gustatory center (where the sensation of taste is perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored), and other parts of the limbic system of the brain.
Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have some very profound physiological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the fine senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center. Anxiety depression fear, anger and joy all emanate from this region. This is why scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. Where smells are concerned, we react first and think later.
The limbic lobe can also directly activate the hypothalamus. This is one of the most important parts of the brain, acting as our hormonal control center. It releases chemical messengers that can affect everything from our sex drive to energy levels. The production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and neurotransmitters, like serotonin, are all governed by the hypothalamus. (this is why the hypothalamus is often referred to as the “master gland”)
Essential oils - through their fragrance and unique molecular structure can directly stimulate both the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus. In this way, essential oils can exert a profound effect on body and mind.
*This information is for educational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any conditions of the body and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling wiith a health professional.
Essential Oils Desk Reference
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