Essential Oils & Aromatherapy       

Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. They are typically extracted by distillation to preserve the plant's active compounds.

Essential oils contain hundreds of organic constituents including hormones and vitamins, and many are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature. The molecules in essential oils are so microscopic that they are absorbed through all layers of the skin and travel transcellularly.

Their aromas can cross the blood-brain barrier to the limbic system, affecting emotions and stimulating memory. They are also capable of increasing cellular oxygenation of the blood.

The technique of distilling oils to anoint and heal is ancient, with historical records dating back to 4000 BC.

Essential oils effect a physiological response; eucalyptus opens the bronchials, a mental/emotional response: lavender calms and relaxes the mind, and a spiritual response: frankincense and sandalwood are known "euphorics" that quiet the thinking mind and allow for expansive consciousness.

Essential oils are a wonderful supplement to a massage therapy session, enhancing the benefits and the experience.

"The cure of the part should not be attempted without the treatment of the whole." ~Plato

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