What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy employs 100% pure, unadulterated, essential oils to address various physical, mental and emotional concerns. Powerful tool to alter, shift and change mood and emotion.
The Egyptians were the founders of true aromatherapy practices, over 6,000 years ago and they were the first to begin distilling essential oils. In those times, essential oils were more treasured than gold during these times. In fact, King Tut’s tomb still had the fragrance of frankincense, rosewood when it was opened in 1922.
The Greeks and Romans loved aromatic plants and integrated fragrance into many of their rituals and ceremonies. Indian cultures used essential oils in their medicines and perfumes (sandalwood was a favorite). Persians are credited for the distillation process, which after it was perfected, is still in use today. A French scientist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, coined “aromatherapy”. He reportedly burned his hand in 1912, and with the use of essential oils, he healed with no signs of scarring.
The 17th century Black Plague in Europe killed more than a third of the population. However, those that were immune from the plagues were glovemakers and perfumers who worked with essential oils in their practices.
Interestingly, the French doctors wore conical masks that were filled with aromatic herbs, which protected them from the plague. The masks looked like beaks – thus the term “quacks”.
We have many wonderful pure essential oils at the shoppe.
Come in and enjoy a Custom Blend, made specifically for you. No appointment is required, but allow yourself at least 30 minutes for the Olfactory Sensory Test and a few minutes more for your blend to be prepared.
All pure essential oils are 50-100 times as potent as the plant from which is extracted. As a result, precautions should be taken when using the essential oils. Most of the essential oils should be mixed in a carrier oil before putting them onto your skin. Examples of some of the carrier oils include:
- Almond, sweet (Prunus amygdalus, P. dulcis) is light to medium, non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin.
- Jojoba (Simmondsia sinensis, Buxux sinensis) is actually a liquid wax, not an oil. This best mirrors the oils in the skin. It is best used to moisturize and re-hydrate skin and to balance dry and oily skin patches. A good quality jojoba oil will solidify in fridge.
- Olive Oil (Olea europaea) is a semi-heavy oil that provides hydrating, nourishing and moisturizing benefits. The highest quality olive oil is the “extra virgin” as this is obtained from the first pressing and has the most vitamins and nutrients.
- Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe vera) is light, cool, refreshing and healing to the skin. It is widely used for cuts, burns, inflamed skin and wound healing.
- Black Ointment is a drawing salve composed of several herbs such as chaparral, comfrey and lobelia. It is used to pull out splinters, warts, cysts, combat bacterial infections, and helps to heal hemorrhoids.
- Golden Salve is an antiseptic and disinfectant formula to help expedite wound healing, cuts, burns, bruises, yeast infections, diaper rash and cold sores. Not recommended for deep wounds or cuts.
- Sea Salts are very mineralizing to the skin. They offer nourishment and help remove toxins and dead skin cells. It is best to find a supplier that obtains their salt from an environmentally safe and reputable location.
Some examples of ways to diffuse essential oils include an ultrasonic nebulizer, which uses high frequency vibrations to dispense the oils, or a personal diffuser for smaller areas, or an aroma ball for bathrooms or small bedrooms, or a car diffuser. Each of these are available at the shoppe.
Come into the Leesburg Herb Shoppe for your Custom Blend or to purchase a diffuser with essential oils.