“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine
Therapeutic grade essential oils
The use of Essential oils /aromatherapy has been a major player in the world for thousands of years. Essential oils are highly concentrated being distilled from various plant life. The essential oil of a plant and the human blood share several common properties. Essential oils have a chemical structure similar to the human cell enabling them to be readily available and accepted by the body. The quality, quantity and type of aromatic compounds will vary depending on the climate, soil and distillation factors of essential oils. Approximately 2 percent of essential oils are produced for therapeutic application, the rest are used by the cosmetic/perfume, pharmaceutical or food industry. Gas chromatography and the ISO (International Standard Organization) analyze the constituents of an oil to determine whether it is therapeutic versus adulterated. Therapeutic treatment with oils has been noted by the English using a small amount to the body; the French preferring ingestion via sugar cube or bread while the German model recommends inhalation.
The benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils are many: oxygenating cells stimulating the immune system; the bio-electrical frequency enhances the bodies general functioning; some have the ability to pass the blood–brain barrier; others detoxify the cells and blood in the body having properties that are anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, anti-oxidant or antiseptic. Essential oils when incorporated with various therapeutic modalities such as massage create a synergy or enhancement to the overall treatment. Oils have an impact on the physiology of the body, mind, emotion, and spirit through inhalation in about 20 seconds or absorption via the skin within 20 minutes. Lotions, oils and salts can be carriers for essential oils as well as creating perfumes and sprays, personal care products, gargles and cleaning products for example.
The scientific study of therapeutic properties came to the forefront in the 1920’s when the French cosmetic chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burnt his arm in the lab, applied lavender oil healing the wound leaving no scar.