I began studying and practicing Aromatherapy in the early nineties, long before becoming a wellness coach.
The first thing I like to establish about Aromatherapy is that it is not a New Age modality. God created fragrant flowering plants and aromatic herbs to bring beauty to the earth and vital, restorative substances to all living creation. They were given to be used for food, health and well-being. We were created with the physical senses and biological makeup to benefit from plants in many marvelous ways and Aromatherapy is one of them. The bible shows us how fragrant essential oils were used spiritually, medicinally, for burial use, and for romance as well.
Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food, their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine. — Ezekiel 47:12
“A women came to Him (Jesus) having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it they were indignant, saying “why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the women? For she has done a good work for me.” Matthew 26:7-10
“How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfume than all spices!“ Song Of Solomon 4:10
Aromatherapy helps to bring balance and restoration to the mind-body system. It is both holistic and practical in that it can protect the body’s lifesaving immune system as well as stabilize emotions.
The practice of aromatherapy allows us to experience pure bliss in moments steeped in aromatic pleasures. Breathe in the essential oils from the marjoram plant and you may experience a bit of euphoria. Feel the cobwebs wash away as the stimulating peppermint and rosemary oils clear and refresh your mind.
The vital element of Aromatherapy is quality essential oil. All fragrances transmit through our olfactory bulb to our limbic system (the part of our brain that controls memory and emotional response). However, only 100% pure Aromatherapy grade essential oils have the God-given ability to trigger the body's natural healing process by stimulating the flow of blood and lymph fluid! - True Aromatherapy is a benefit and a blessing to all who are willing to embark on this beautiful, aromatic journey!
You can feel the therapeutic effects by simply inhaling the essential oil vapors which are composed of tiny living plant molecules. There aroma molecules are translated into a signal by the receptor cells within the nasal cavity. This signal is sent to the olfactory bulb and then on to the limbic part of the brain. It is believed that the essential oil aroma activates the “pharmacy” within our brains which are our neurochemicals such as serotonin and endorphins. The neurochemicals have their own special language which our brain uses to communicate with our mind-body systems. ~ From my upcoming book "Sacred Self Care"