What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils, the aromatic extracts of plants and flowers, for health and well-being. Each essential oil has a unique chemical composition.
The action of an essential oil on the body is holistic, combining both physical and mental aspects. Essential oils work together with all parts of the body to complement natural healing and restore emotional and spiritual balance.
The term Aromatherapy has been in use for a relatively short period of time, the practice of using essential oils dates back to our earliest history. The most well known use of aromatic plants in ancient history was by the Egyptians who turned their applications into an art form and way of life.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the concentrated extracts of plants and flowers, the life force of the plant. They can be found in flowers, leaves, resins, seeds, roots and grasses of a plant.
For many oils, it takes a great deal of raw plant material to produce a small amount of essential oil. Sixty thousand rose blossoms are required to produce one ounce of rose oil. To obtain Sandalwood essential oil the tree must be thirty years old and thirty feet high before it is cut down for distillation. In the case of Jasmine essential oil, the flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open and it takes eight million hand picked jasmine blossoms to produce one kilo of oil. In some plants such as the common orange, the oil is easily collected from the peel. For this reason, essential oils are priced individually.