Clinical Aromatherapy / Essential Oils Therapy
Essentials oils have become increasingly popular over the past few decades, entering into the mainstream consciousness as a tool for self-care and healing.
Clinical Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic grade oils to maintain health, balance and address your unique symptoms.
It is important to understand the difference between therapeutic and commercial grade oils. The former is what most consumers purchase, because it is readily available to the general public (i.e., sold at Whole Foods etc), while the latter is what alternative healing therapists, like acupuncturists and massage therapists, use to complement their healing modalities (vetted for medicinal quality). Commercial grade oil is manufactured from harvesting to bottling with processes that may deplete the purity and potency of the oil.
Therapeutic grade essential oils can guide the body towards its own self-healing, which is ultimately the goal of acupuncture and other healing modalities.
Therapeutic grade oils come from plants that are generally grown organically or harvested directly from the wild. Most are steam distilled, which is the least harmful way to extract the oils. A therapeutic grade essential oil is more potent in vibration, smell, and chemical effect to the body. They are extremely concentrated and lipid soluble—that means it can easily pass through layers of skin and cell membranes. With clinical aromatherapy, the purist form of the oil is applied or used whereby delivering the oils to the cells. This process is not only incredibly enjoyable, even more it promotes healing by balancing the individual in all levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
How the oils work
Essential oils are the most potent part of a plant. The oils are derived in the plants themselves and serve to regenerate, oxygenate, and carry enzymes, hormones, vitamins and minerals within the plant. They even serve as the immune defense system for the plants. In the body, the oils can serve similar functions. Typically, we see them working on three different levels: physiologically, topically, and psychologically.
Therapeutic grade essential oils, once topically applied to the skin, can act as a stimulant, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, etc. The practitioner knows which oils should be used to get the desired effect for balancing the body. The oils can also affect the skin and the tissues just below the skin, and can treat both acute and chronic symptoms. The aroma-therapeutic essence of the oils is taken in through the nose (our vital sense of smell) and reaches into the limbic system, where our deepest emotions reside. The scent or fragrance of the oils have the ability to positively affect change in the mind and emotions.
Each individual’s chemical makeup can interact differently with the oils making clinical research a challenge. However scientists have been studying the olfactory senses extensively for decades. In an article published in the New York Times (October 13, 2014, Alex Stone), it was brought to light that a person’s olfactory senses live not just in the nose, but all over the skin. There are even olfactory senses nestled deep in the organs!
For example, Frankincense is a powerful oil known to pass through the cell membranes and break through blood-brain-barrier. Just inhaling frankincense allows the midbrain’s oxygen to rise as much as 28 percent. Also, according to the New York Times’ article, “skin abrasions healed 30 percent faster in the presence of Sandalore,” a synthetic sandalwood used to induce healing of injured tissue.
Oils Used on Acupuncture Points
When certain oils are applied to specific acupuncture points or a reflex zone, it can modulate neuroendocrine function by activating peptides, therefore triggering profound energetic change in the individual.
This is a great way to treat children, elders, and anyone who is either afraid of needles or sensitive to pain.
The best resource for purchasing authentic therapeutic grade essential oils is your therapeutic practitioner. They are already using them in their own practice, and you can purchase the oils through them to make sure you are investing in therapeutic grade oils.
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