Introduction to Aromatherapy that heals mp3 audio book
Introduction to Aromatherapy
You have probably heard the term Aromatherapy and wondered what
exactly that funny word, aromatherapy. actually means. It is the use of
plant oils in there most essential form to promote both mental and physical
well being. The use of the word aroma implies the process of inhaling the
scents from these oils into your lungs for therapeutic benefit.
If you have ever used a vapor rub for a cough then you have tried
aromatherapy, although not in its purest form. As a matter of fact, you
probably have been using aromatherapy on yourself and your family for
many years without realizing it through vapor rubs or electric vaporizers.
Vicks or other brands of vapor rub use eucalyptus or menthol to clear out
stuffy chests and noses. Imagine if you used the undiluted essential oil of
eucalyptus how clear your lungs would feel.
The term aromatherapy is generally new, beginning to be used in the 20th
century, but the practice has been around for thousands of years. It is
believed that the Chinese were one of the first cultures to use the scents of
plants to promote health through the burning of incense. Ancient Egyptians
used distilled cedarwood oil mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and
myrrh to embalm the deceased. The Egyptians also used oils to perfume
both men and women.
In the 14th century when the bubonic plague hit, killing thousands of
people, aromas were used to ward off the deadly disease. There is even
discussion that the popular nursery rhyme, Ring Around the Roses refers
to aromatherapy. The lines, a pocket full of posies allegedly refers to
keeping the flower in ones pocket in an attempt to keep the illness away.
Moving forward through later centuries a growth in books about the use of
oils in healing grew.
The Greek alchemist, Paracelcus, used the term essence and focused
study on the use of plants for healing purposes.
While the use of essential oils for perfume continued to grow throughout
the ages its. use for medicinal purposes waned slightly until around 1928.
It was at that time that a French chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse
accidentally discovered the use of lavender essential oil to heal wounds.
The story is told that he burned his forearm and reflexively placed it in the
closest liquid he saw, which was lavender essential oil. He was surprised to
find that the burn healed rapidly and left no scar. It was then that he began
using the term aromatherapy and wrote about the powers of essential oils.
Today, many people are trying to get back to nature. People have seen first
hand the dangerous effects of synthetic chemicals and processed
The use of all natural essential oils for medicinal, cosmetic, and therapy
purposes continues to grow. Many people have found the results of using
aromatherapy to be far greater then man made medications and with far
fewer negative side effects.
Aromatherapy can be used by itself or in conjunction with typical medical
treatments. For example, you may use aromatherapy to ease pain after a
surgical procedure. You still get the benefit of the surgery but do not have
to take the powerful and often dangerous pain medications that a doctor
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