There is no doubt that people are influenced by smells. Someone who may not be particularly hungry my walk past a pastry shop and suddenly feel their hunger for a fresh pastry overwhelming. A man can get close to a woman wearing an enticing perfume and suddenly become aroused. The question is, can smell heal the body holistically?
To first understand the use of aromatherapy, it is necessary to understand exactly what it is. A chemist from France first used the term in the 1930’s. This chemist used the terminology strategically in order for others to realize it was the use of oils not for the pleasure of smell, but rather for the purpose of physiological healing.
The idea is to align psychological and physiological processes of the body so they can invigorate the bodies natural healing mechanisms. The age in which this practice came about was during a time when natural medicines were the norm and modern western medicine was only on the horizon.
In the early days of modern medicine, most people were distrustful of chemical and man-made concoctions and preferred to stick with remedies that had long proven themselves effective. For this reason, when the therapy of aromatic oils first came to use, many people were quite open to its potential effectiveness.
Many practicing doctors of western medicine who were using tactics and potions less natural, were actually struggling because no one trusted them or their modern concoctions. The A.M.A. came into being and began a systematic campaign of propaganda which promoted the idea of natural cures such as essential oil therapy, as witchery, and the practice of western medicine the future of medicine for civilized people.
Little by little society began to turn away from natural medicines and began to believe only in modern pills and surgery. But for those who try treatments such as essential oil therapy, it is often reported that it works as good or better than other alternatives.
Most natural therapies try to include the whole person as part of the therapy. For this reason, it is not just enough to make symptoms disappear, but rather to align the mind, body, and spirit so it naturally becomes whole and healthy.
Aromatherapy uses oils naturally found in leaves, stems, roots, and bark and then uses it to help physiological and psychological changes in the body so that health is restored. To understand the nature of this therapy it is helpful to understand these oils are called “essential” for a reason. They are believed to stimulate the brain in a special way that promotes healing of the body and mind.
This therapy is used for the positive enhancement of mood, physical pain relief, enhancing memory and mental reasoning, as well as, improved emotional well-being. There are a wide variety of essential oils and ailments they are reported useful in healing. These oils can be found in a range of products that are useful for many different therapeutic modalities. Get started today with essential oil therapy.