Until the late 1970’s the term ‘aromatherapy’ was little known outside of France. The term linking aroma or smell with healing is believed to have been first coined by a French chemist working in perfumery in the 1920’s – René Gattefossé . However, the use of aromatic plants for therapeutic effect is as old as the use of plants in general medicines – so there has probably never been a time without ‘aroma – therapy.’
Aromatherapy is the art of choosing, blending and applying essential oils to heal conditions of disharmony and imbalance in an individual.
Typically, medical science measures symptoms to determine disease. This approach does not necessarily consider that a person may be unwell yet have no symptoms to measure.
Holistic medicine takes a more comprehensive view of the client and recognises that the mind, body and spirit are all parts of the living being.
The effects of Aromatherapy rest on the communication between the plant, their extracts and the person receiving the treatment – both of which are complex and dynamic entities.
The therapeutic relationship between client and practitioner is also important. A therapist will discuss your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing with you and will work to create a blend specifically tailored to your needs.
Ultimately the power of your treatment is in your hands. The oils and massage are simply a catalyst for a positive outcome. They help to empower you in your healing journey.
In the past I have worked with palliative care patients and have seen first-hand the benefits of essential oils, not only in massage but simply for calming an anxious mind.
I have also used essential oils in my own healing journey with Grave’s disease (an autoimmune thyroid disease). I welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge and work with clients who also want to feel empowered in achieving good health and a calmer state of mind.
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Source: Aromatherapy: A practical approach – Vicki Pitman