October 11, 2015

By Diane Perkins

Longing Aromatherapy

More and more attention has now been directed to a long-existing but previously pushed aside arm of medicine: alternative medicine. See, with the growing threats of bacteria and more potent (to a point of being dangerous) chemicals used in medicine) it’s now wonder people are looking around for other options to treat themselves. This is where aromatherapy comes to play. Just by the name itself, this is healing induced primarily by mere olfactory senses. If you want to learn about this ancient and intricate art of healing, keep on reading below.


Let’s take this into consideration first: the holy anointing oil that God told Moses to make from "flowing" myrrh, sweet cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil, would have been a potent antiviral and antibiotic substance. The use of this must have given defense and treatment to all those to whom it was administered. Cinnamon is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent as well as being antifungal. Myrrh is an effective antiseptic and one of the best cicatrisants, that is, it stimulates cellular growth and its healing effects on open wounds, ulcers, and boils was legendary even before Biblical times.


To this date, there are a total of three hundred oils in general use today by professional practitioners. However, the average household could only have ten in its cupboards and still be able to answer to its needs. Each oil has its own medicinal and other properties. Modern-day research has confirmed centuries of practical use of the oils, and we now know that the fragrant pharmacy contains, apart from its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities, essential oils which are antiseptic, antiinflammatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antivenomous, antitoxic, antidepressant, sedative, nervine, analge-sic, hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation-stimulating, circulatory-stimulating, and diuretic, and much more besides.


One of the most interesting things about using essential oils medicinally and cosmetically is that they enter and leave the body without much resistance from our body, leaving no toxins behind too. The most effective way to use essential oils is not orally, as one might think, but by external application or inhalation. The methods used include body oils, compresses, cosmetic lotions, baths, including hand and foot baths, hair rinses, inhalation (by steam, direct from the bottle or from a tissue), perfumes, room sprays, and a whole range of room methods.


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