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Aromatherapy

 

Aromatherapy, commonly associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is the use of volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other aromatic compounds from plants to affect someone's mood or health.

 

The main branches of aromatherapy include:

 

           Home aromatherapy (self treatment, perfume & cosmetic use)

           Clinical aromatherapy (as part of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy)

           Aromachology (the psychology of odors and their effects on the mind)

 

Some of the materials employed include:

 

Essential oils: Fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through distillation (e.g. eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). However, the term is also occasionally used to describe fragrant oils extracted from plant material by any solvent extraction.


Absolutes: Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction (e.g. rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and enfleurage pommades using ethanol.


Phytoncides: Various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes. Many terpene based fragrant oils and sulfuric compounds from plants in genus "Allium" are
Phytoncides, though the latter are likely less commonly used in aromatherapy due to their disagreeable smells.


Hydrosols: The aqueous by-products of the distillation process (e.g. rosewater). Hydrosol used are limited to plants such as rose and camomile since most hydrosols have unpleasant smells.


Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant material (e.g. infusion of chamomile)

Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base triacylglycerides that are used to dilute essential oils for use on the skin (e.g. sweet almond oil)

 

 

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Vetiver: I Am the Fragrance of the Soil by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
Every plant absorbs the prana (life force) and ojas (nutritive essence) of the soil into its body, transforming them into foods, medicines, and oils for the benefit of other beings. Yet none capture the subtle complexities of the earth’s mysterious fragrances as completely as vetiver grass, kn...
Published: Monday 11 May, 2009
Vanilla: The Seed of Happiness by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
There is something slightly erotic about this bean, and I suspect that its sensuous skin, tantalizing aroma, and succulent flavor are affecting the neurochemistry of my perception. It is, after all, a seed pod, a reproductive organ of a jungle orchid, whose name is derived from the Spanish translati...
Published: Monday 11 May, 2009
The Cymbopogons by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
The cymbopogons are a genus of aromatic grasses which grow in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Many people have met the refreshing and therapeutic flavors and fragrances of these grasses without knowing what they are or the many benefits they provide. When you enjoy the delicious t...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
The Anti-Microbial Effects of Essential Oils by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
The anti-microbial actions of essential oils are one of the most extensively studied aspects of botanical medicine. Research into the antiseptic properties of essential oils has been going on since the 1880’s, starting with oils such as oregano, cinnamon, and clove. By the 1930’s a consi...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Rose by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
The next time you stop to smell a rose, imagine that its deep, rich floral fragrance is a gift from nature to your heart and soul. In her generosity, the earth has blessed us with over five thousand varieties of this beautiful flower. However, only a few give the world-renowned treasure sought by p...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Neroli: Sweet Sunlight by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
Neroli is a fragrance that has been known and loved for centuries throughout the Mediterranean region. Generation after generation of skilled distillers have slowly extracted the oil from the tender flowers, creating one of the world’s finest and most sought after perfumes. Every spring, the d...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Lavender by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
Lavender is one of the most well-known, versatile, and extensively used essential oils in the world. When we use this essential oil we receive the blessings of the feminine, because lavender could be described as an angel of healing from the floral realm, and an expression of the earth’s compa...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Jasmine by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
Like scented stars appearing in the evening dusk, the night-blooming jasmine silently opens her five-petalled blossoms beneath our windows. In the dawn her sister will bloom, again filling the breeze with enchantment. Together, the jasmine sambac (night-blooming) and the jasmine grandiflorum (dawn-b...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Helichrysum and Chamomile: The Beneficent Power of Common Plants by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
In its intelligence and compassion, the earth provides a multitude of solutions to the pain and suffering that are part of life. Helichrysum and chamomile are two botanical emissaries that bring us this compassion in the form of fragrant essences. Offering their aromatic oils, they ease the pain of ...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
Frankincense and Myrrh: The Botany, Culture, and Therapeutic Use by David Crow Topic: Aromatherapy
Frankincense and myrrh are without a doubt the world’s two most important resins. Although other resins, such as pine, copal, styrax, and dragon blood have played important roles in ethnobotanical medicine, none have been as widely distributed and universally utilized, as economically importan...
Published: Friday 08 May, 2009
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