On behalf of us at Earth Solutions, we welcome you to our first blog. We look forward to providing you with information on aromatherapy and all of its healing abilities. First, we would like to provide you with additional information about aromatherapy so that you leave this article knowing what we know, that it is one of the best methods out there for healing your body and mind.
What is Aromatherapy?
The use of plant materials and aromatic plant oils to improve mood and physical well-being as well as the prevention or treatment of disease. Aroma therapists combine various blends of essential oils with each blend serving a particular purpose when it comes to improving a person’s well-being. For example, lavender is a popular ingredient for relaxation and improving one’s sleep.
Aromatherapy has a long-standing tradition which dates back to the ancient civilizations of China, India, Egypt, Greeks, and Romans. Uses ranged from therapeutic and spiritual to hygienic. But the first time mention of it was made in print was in Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales by René-Maurice Gattefossé. The author was a chemist and a supporter in aromatherapy.
There are a few ways aromatherapy is used or applied to an individual. First is through aerial diffusion which involves fragrance in the environment through sprays or a diffusor of some sort. Direct inhalation requires a person to breathe in the essential oils and is done for respiratory disinfection and decongestion. Topical applications are done by massaging, bathing, or other therapeutic skin care in which the oils are directly applied to the skin.
Types of Materials Used
Essentials oils are the main ingredients used for aromatherapy. They are fragrant oils extracted from various plants such as lavender and grapefruits. There are other natural ingredients used that are vital to the healing process. Absolutes, carrier oils, herbal distillates, infusions, phytoncides, and vaporizers are also used aromatherapy blends.
• Absolutes are fragrant oils that comes from flowers. Jasmine and tuberose are two examples of these.
• Carrier oils are used to dilute essentials oils so that they can be used on the skin. Castor and cocoa butter are two examples of carrier oils.
• Herbal distillates are also referred to as floral water or essential water. They contain diluted essential oils which make them better for use on the skin than essential oils. Herbal distillates are also used in flavorings and skin care. Rosewater and lemon balm are popular distillates.
• Infusions are another kind of extract from plant materials that are placed in a solvent of water, oil, or alcohol. Teas are an example of infusions and popular teas used in aromatherapy are chamomile, ginger, and rooibos.
• Phyntoncides are antimicrobial compounds that are extracted from plants. It is a substance emitted from plants that prevents them from rotting or being eaten by plants. Onion and garlic are two great examples of plants that give off phyntoncides.
• Vaporizer are raw herbs that are crushed and heated to inhale the vapor. Tobacco is an example of this but is not used in aromatherapy.
Wholesale Aromatherapy Diffuser
Each of these oils have a special purpose, which we have listed on our essential oils page. We also believe that aromatherapy should not be limited to massage or bath times. That is why we provide a myriad of options for you to get your therapy on-the-go. We provide diffusers for the home and the car along with specialty jewelry that includes earrings, necklaces, and keychains.
Whenever you need a mentally or health boost, look to us for your needs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to better health.