Aromatherapy

 

iStock_000001681691XSmallHow it works

Essential oils are normally blended using a carrier oil such as Grape-seed Oil.  When the blend is applied to the skin, the essential oils penetrate the skin through the hair follicles and sweat glands and are absorbed into the body fluids, where they can kill bacteria and viruses whilst stimulating the body’s immune system.  Each essential oil will have its own unique therapeutic benefit.  Examples include Lavender, well known for its calming effect, whilst Black Pepper is known more for its ability to increase circulation and therefore elimination.  The choice of essential oils is very personal as you may have some psychological link to a specific oil through memory – a fragrance a loved one used or the smell of Lavender fields whilst on holidays.  The most common way of using essential oils is through massage and inhalation.  The aroma sends a signal directly to the Limbic System in the brain, which is the centre of emotions, memory and sexual arousal.  As a result, essential oils have such a powerful effect on our moods and general state of mind.

Benefits

Aromatherapy combines both the physical and emotional effects of gentle massage with the medical and psychotherapeutic properties of essential oils.  It alleviates stress and helps to improve our moods, but it is also a successful treatment for various disorders for which doctors cannot always find a gentle solution.  Aromatherapy is known to stimulate the immune system, strengthen the resistance to disease and help to combat infections.  It is known to be very helpful for Women’s problems – PMS, menopausal distress.  It is also known to aid digestion, whilst easing constipation and abdominal spasm. Other benefits include; improvement of skin tone, regulation of hormones, relief from tension headaches,  muscle relaxant,  reduction of inflammation, improvement to sleep patterns and helps to kill fungal and bacterial infections.   In short, Aromatherapy benefits all the systems of the body in one way or another.

History

The roots of Aromatherapy can be traced back more than 3,500 years before the birth of Christ.  The Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations were all known to use essential oils for their therapeutic benefits e.g.  antiseptic and antibacterial .  The term Aromatherapy was coined by a French Chemist called Rene Maurice Gattefosse in the 1920’s.  The person responsible for bringing Aromatherapy to Britain in the 1940’s, was an Austrian Biochemist called Marguerite Maury.

At Pivotal we offer Aromatherapy Massages but can also supply products specially formulated with you in mind. We plan to launch this range via our shop in 2010.



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