I see in books and posts “cardinal rules” around aromatherapy one of which is to only provide treatment with scents that are pleasing. Let me say now – that’s total crap.
I get a lot of questions about this. People tend to think aromatherapy is about lovely scented pillows or lotions. But it’s really all about physical and mental treatment – a true back to basics approach to wellbeing.
First, let’s define some words.
Aromatherapy is an art and science that supports and enhances the body’s natural ability to heal and maintain health with the use of naturally extracted plant essences.
Sound complicated? Well, yes and no. Aromatherapy is documented to have been around since 3500 B.C. by burning or consuming plants and herbs to ward off sickness and evil in civilizations including Egyptians, China, India, Native America and beyond. And while the Middle East and China have left the best documentation for these uses, earlier use is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities.
In simplest terms, aromatherapy uses plants and their powerful components for oral hygiene, digestive rest, improved breathing, wound healing and more. What our ancestors have known for centuries.
In more complex terms, the miracle of modern science and medicine allows us an in-depth understanding of how these plant components impact certain areas of the body. For example, alpha pinene (a-pinene), which exists in plant oils from cannabis to frankincense provides anti-inflammation and digestive support, more specifically as an antiulcerogenic (prevents ulcers). In fact, if we refer to the Queen of spices, cardamom, it has a long history of providing digestive and hormonal balance and not surprisingly it contains alpha pinene.
Merriam-Webster says it best –
Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.
Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.
Bringing these concepts together, I’ll give another example – a person is on cholesterol medication which must be taken, and it has side effects of digestive issues. Cardamom as we know is used for digestive support and it is high in Esters which are typically calming to the nervous system. However, the largest component in Cardamom, terpinyl acetate (~45%), has been proven to prohibit the absorption of medications. As such, cardamom should not be used for this particular individual.
Another example, a client is prone to sinus infections and interestingly enough had boils as a small child. Does that matter? Yes! It does!
All bodies are unique in their alignment, DNA, physical injuries and life experience. Holistic Aromatherapy includes a comprehensive overview of what happened in the body yesterday, today and where you desire to be tomorrow.
These treatments can and do help. I’ve worked with clients for conditions from addiction to sprained ankles. The approach isn’t new. In fact, it’s centuries old. But we now have the benefit of empirical studies to enhance and allow a more surgical approach to treatments.
I see from time to time in books and in posts “cardinal rules” around aromatherapy one of which is to only provide treatment with scents that are pleasing. Let me say now – that’s total crap. This is medicine brought about by nature. And sometimes, well, sometimes medicine doesn’t smell so great. But the benefits to the body are tremendous. And I find that because of the benefit the body knows, and it craves the smell. We see this in dogs, cats and in particular children. It is fairly common for a client to remark their child has asked specifically for one of their treatments. The cerebral cortex is not advanced enough to override the body!
Items available online are crafted as general tonics – they provide support to the systems for sure. However, my preference is to better understand prior and current medications and conditions and the life lived so treatments and treatment methods are suited for your lifestyle. Email me today to take charge of your wellness approach!