What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants to support, balance and harmonize body, mind and spirit.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are aromatic extracts from plants – flowers, fruits, leaves, resins and roots, collected by steam distillation and cold pressing. Every essential oil has a unique composition of phyto chemicals, and from that, a unique smell.
We use our sense of smell – the olfactory bulb and the limbic system in our brains to experience essential oils through inhalation. The limbic system is the seat of smell, emotions and memory and so inhaling essential oils directly affects mood and brings back memories.
The effectiveness of essential oils in treating a plethora of conditions has been studied in many scientific experiments.
Are essential oils similar to herbs?
Due to their unique extraction processes, essential oils differ from the properties of herbs which have been used through the ages for managing a variety of issues.
Essential oils are much more concentrated than herbs and one must treat them with respect. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to distill a single pound of rose essential oil. ¹
Their concentrations often make them faster and thus more effective in supporting our bodies with its needs.
So, if inhaling essential oils can affect us so powerfully, will spraying my favorite perfume do the same?
Commercial perfumes are made from mostly synthetic components. While many of them are beautiful, evocative and unusual, they are not able to capture the complexity of an essential oil. And the human brain is finely attuned to this complexity and responds to molecules from plants in a deeper way.
As an example, rose essential oil has over 300 components, many in trace amounts only. Vetiver has many components which have not been identified at all.
Synthetic perfumes have a handful of ingredients to represent these notes, which is why their smell may remind us vaguely of roses or vetiver but its not exactly the same and they don’t affect us in the same way.
Commercial perfumes are beautiful and do bring back memories and make us happier but essential oils do so on a deeper level.
If you have never experienced the fragrance of essential oils, I encourage you to try them out. It is an unforgettable experience.
Essential oils are natural. Does this mean anyone can use them as much as they like, in any way they like?
Essential oils are derived from plants and are hence natural. However, just like many other things found in nature, a little knowledge goes a long way. Much of this is a part of the aromatherapy certification but here are a few do’s and don’ts.
For starters, if you have asthma or other respiratory issues, approach essential oils as you would approach other fragrances – slowly and with caution.
While it seems easy to open up a bottle of essential oil and sprinkle it on, it is often as effective and better for our bodies and our environment to dilute them first.
Finally, while essential oils do come from plants, they are not food. Eating or drinking them is not the best way to use them and can be dangerous.
What types of aromatherapy products do you offer?
Amara now offers products through its Etsy Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/AmaraScentsations.
For custom products, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom products are blended to uniquely work for you. I may provide my clients with the following types of products, depending on their lifestyle and their needs –
- Diffuser blends
- Blends for topical application
- Blends for aroma jewelery
All products will be delivered with appropriately diluted essential oils.
Disclaimer – These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
What does Amara mean?
Citrus aurantium amara is the botanical name of the Bitter Orange tree. There are 4 aromatic extracts and a hydrosol which come from this plant and they are among my personal favorites. This is also why Amara’s logo is the orange tree.