Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils to improve or maintain health and/or beauty.
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid distillations of various plant parts including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, and bark. Each oil has different properties, many of which may be used under the direction of a certified Aromatherapist/Aromatologist for natural healing.
An Aromatherapist/Aromatologist is someone who has trained in the safe and therapeutic use of essential oils. In North America, we practice Holistic Aromatherapy and only ever recommend application of essential oils topically or via inhalation -never ingestion.
HOW AROMATHERAPY WORKS:
Though many people think that aromatherapy is simply the inhalation of various oils, it is in fact much more.
When your Aromatherapist applies or recommends application of essential oil blends topically, the chemical constituents of the oils are absorbed quickly through the skin and travel through the bloodstream to organs, muscles, and other tissues in need of support. For example, in the case of muscle pain an effective essential oil blend works similarly to a muscle relaxing lotion. The difference is in the ingredients – a customized essential oil blend diluted in a carrier oil doesn’t contain all the harmful, hard-to-pronounce ingredients that an over-the-counter lotion may contain.
Inhalation of essential oils is the second method of therapeutic use. When your Aromatherapist recommends inhalation, either directly or via diffusion, the chemical constituents of the oils are absorbed through the olfactory system and travel directly to the brain. Here, they work to help encourage regulation of normal bodily functions such as sleep, hormone production, relaxation, etc.
BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY:
There are many benefits to Aromatherapy. It is a non-invasive, alternative approach to treating skin and health issues.
The approach most Aromatherapists/Aromatologists take is a holistic one – we treat the whole person and take great care to ensure our treatment plans are fitting to each client’s needs and lifestyle. We are trained to also make lifestyle recommendations that will be supportive of the treatments, and we are prepared to make referrals whenever needed.
Perhaps the greatest benefit is the custom therapy created for each client. For example, a skincare client who experiences persistent acne and cannot find an over-the-counter or prescription solution will leave an Aromatherapy session with a customized product that is tailored to his/her specific lifestyle, skin, and body. This often results in a natural solution to skin or health concerns for which no other solution has yet worked for the client.
Finally, for those interested in the beauty aspect of Aromatherapy the art of the practice is in the skilled blending of oils to create beautiful natural scents. Read more below about Custom Perfume Blending!
AROMATHERAPY SERVICES OFFERED AT VIBRANT LIVING:
Aroma-Health Consultations: meet with an Aromatologist to discuss and find a natural treatment for your pre-diagnosed health concerns. Aromatherapy can be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, muscle pain, minor digestive issues (nausea, sluggish digestion, low appetite); symptoms related to pregnancy and childbirth (nausea, pain & discomfort); and symptoms related to menopause (insomnia, headaches, low energy). It has also been shown to have a soothing effect on those living in long-term or palliative care. After an initial consultation, your Aromatologist will create a custom therapeutic blend for you and will likely request to see you for at least one follow-up. For more information, click here.
Organic Skin-Care Consultations: meet with an Aromatologist to discuss and find a natural treatment for your skincare concerns. Aromatherapy can be an effective treatment for dry skin, oily skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and more. After an initial consultation, your Aromatolgist will create a custom skincare product(s) for you to use and will likely request to see you for at least one follow-up. For more information, click here.
Custom Perfume Blending Sessions: if you are looking for a natural perfume that is tailored to you, representative of your unique personality, style and self meet with an Aromatologist for custom perfume blending session. A 10mL perfume roller is included in the session fee. For more information, click here.
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