Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote physical and mental well-being.
The oils are extracted from the leaves, flowers, roots, or seeds of plants and are most often inhaled or applied to the skin.
While the therapeutic use of essential oils dates back thousands of years, aromatherapy in its modern form began in the early 20th century, with French chemist Rene Maurice Gatte-Fosse’s investigation of how essential oils were used to treat wounds and infections during World War I.
Since then, aromatherapy has become an invaluable holistic treatment for issues such as pain, depression, and anxiety.
Despite decades of research, scientists are still unclear as to exactly how aromatherapy works. Some believe that smell receptors in the nose communicate directly with the parts of the brain responsible for storing memories and emotions. Breathing in essential oil molecules is thought to stimulate these areas, enhancing mental and physical health.
In my practice, aromatherapy is most often used to correct the meridian imbalances identified through kinesiology, or muscle testing.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has 12 different meridians, or energy channels, each of which corresponds to a vital organ.Once we have pinpointed the weak channel through muscle testing, I will ask you to smell a blend of oils specifically created to treat your affected meridian.
In some cases, I may also use a series of water-based sea and plant essences, which are ingested rather than inhaled.
These relaxing yet powerful therapies can help to free blocked energy and restore balance to both mind and body.
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