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History and Uses of Aromatherapy

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    History of Aromatherapy
    In Ancient Egypt different combinations of fragrances were burnt at different times of the day - at morning, noon and nights
    as offerings to the sun god Re. The sunset formula was known as "Kyphi" and was a blend of 16 oils.
    Plutarch said that it induced sleep, illuminated dreams, soothed worries and was full of these things which evoke delight at night.
    The blue lotus was particularly prized for its capacity to elevate spirits and promote health.

    Through the ages, in India, mystics have used aromatic oils and insence to enhance creativity. Certain aromas have been associated
    with being linked to heightened sexual pleasure, clary sage, jasmine and patchouli to name a few.
    Others are anti-depressants amongst the "feel good oils" are jasmine, rose and melissa.

    Lavender was used as an antiseptic by the ancient Romans and is particularly effective in speeding up the healing process of burns.
    Tea Tree has long been used in Australia as an antifungal and antiseptic.
    Meanwhile, Thyme is reputed to be 12 times more effective than carbonic acid.
    Undiluted essential oils are very potent and have been in use for medical purposes for thousands of years.
    The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Indian and Arabic civilisations all used them.

    Uses of Aromatherapy
    Essential Oils can be used for a huge range of conditions: from acne and arthritis to veruccas and varicose veins.
    - Use of natural essences of aromatic plants, for healing and physical and psychological well-being.
    - Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which can be used in a variety of ways:
    • by massage
    • oil burners
    • vaporiser rings
    • inhalation
    • in baths
    • compresses and diffusers.

    The use of the essential oils can boost the immune system and improve health, physical and mental,
    contributing to a feeling of well being.
    Oils have antiseptic and restorative properties and are known to stimulate sluggish circulation and to induce relaxation.
    Some have euphoric qualities.

    Aromatherapy is considered most effective when used in massage but when inhaled as a vapour
    they affect the nerves relating to the limbic area of the brain which governs our feeling of happiness,
    contentment and well being.

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