INTEGRATED AROMATIC SCIENCES:
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are:
* Natural aromatic compounds - a volatile liquid found in plants. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, or cold -pressed extraction and are highly concentrated which makes them far more potent than dry herbs.
* Powerful, safe benefits without side effects
* All organic- therapeutic oils are very safe and gentle with few if any side effects. Keep out of eyes, ears and nose. Only with therapeutic oils* can they be applied neat - Dilute with vegetable oil, not water if need be for sensitive skin- a primary safety issue -
Follow all label directions.
Essential oils are remarkable as they are known and well researched
today for their ability as an antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and more.
Potent concentrations, for example - 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea! Even though essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is intricate and complex plus their benefits vast—Essential oils are much more than something that simply smells good.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health concerns. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning, psychological issues, mood enhancers and most often used as natural medicine.
Research and Modern Discoveries
There is a wealth of valuable research on numerous essential oils in the mainstream medical literature. The PubMed search system provides access to the PubMed database of bibliographic information, and offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine.
Research has also shown that aromatherapy has a positive psychological impact on individuals as well. Many traditional hospitals like Vanderbilt University Hospital are now utilizing the healing benefits of essential oils.
They are using them in the treatment of anxiety, depression and infections in hospitalized patients. A 2009 study found that pre-operative patients who received aromatherapy with lavandin oil were significantly less anxious about their surgery than controls.Other studies showed that massage with essential oils can be helpful in improving emotional well-being, stress reduction and promoting better sleep aiding in the healing process.
- The art and skill of the popularized 'aromatherapy'
When an essential oil is diffused, it’s inhaled and processed through the olfactory system, which then sends the therapeutic benefits of the aroma to the brain.
Smell, more so than any other sense, is intimately linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion and associative learning. The olfactory bulb in the brain, which sorts sensation into perception, is part of the limbic system -- a system that includes the amygdala and hippocampus, structures vital to our behavior, mood and memory.
Depending on the specific constituents in the oil, you may begin to feel uplifted from your negative emotions, or soothed from undue muscle tension or other experiences.
Why this program is different?
The Integrated Aromatic Sciences Program is unique as it integrates three various systems:
the British (primarily topical-massage techniques), the French (primarily internal use), and the German (primarily inhalation techniques) in the use of essential oils.