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Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

By Jessica Watson and Alissandra Ayala

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on 18 April 2013

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Transcript of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

by Jessica Watson and Ali Ayala Essential Oils & Aromatherapy The Origin Aromatherapy has been around for at least 6000 years, practiced by Greeks, Romans, and ancient Egyptians. Asian Cultures also practice aromatherapy by burning incense. Where do essential Oils come From?
How are they Prepared? Essential oils are collected from plants: fruits, herbs, roots, leaves, and peels.Depending on where the oil is coming from, there are many methods used to collect essential oils. Effectiveness of Aromatherapy Essential Oils and their Endless Benefits There are many different types of essential oils, each with different benefits Harmful Qualities of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Some essential oils are toxic to humans, and potentially fatal if ingested. Egyptian physician Imhotep recommended oils for bathing, massage, and embalming. Hippocrates also burned incense in spiritual/medical practices and used aromatic fumigations to rid Athens of the plague. Modern Era of Aromatherapy The modern era of aromatherapy started in 1930 when French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse became fascinated by the benefits of lavender oil in healing his burned hand. During World War II, French army surgeon Dr. Jean Valnet used essential oils as antiseptics. Later, Madame Marguerite Maury elevated aromatherapy as holistic therapy and began prescibing it to her patients. She is credited with the modern use of essential oils in massage. Most, such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus, are steam distilled
Citrus peels are cold pressed in the same way olive oil is
Delicate flowers' oils are extracted using a solvent like hexane. Peppermint Essential Oil Scent Profile: Minty, Fresh, Strong

Aromatherapy Benefits: Refreshing, Stimulating, Sharpening

Physical Benefits: Headache and Nausea relief Cedarwood Essential Oil Chamomile Essential Oil Scent: Crisp, Sweet

Aromatherapy Benefits: Soothing, Relaxing

Physical Benefits: Relieves Headache, Insomnia, Nausea, and Stress Scent Profile: Woody and Sweet

Aromatherapy Benefits: Soothing and Strengthening

Physical Benefits: Fights Dandruff and Arthritis Scent Profile: Fresh, Earthy

Aromatherapy Benefits: Balancing, Stimulating

Physical Benefits: Fights Colds, Improves Circulation, Helps Arthritis Eucalyptus Essential Oil Ginger Essential Oil Scent Profile: Warm, Spicy

Aromatherapy Benefits: Warming

Physical Benefits: Relieves Colds and Nausea Jasmine Essential Oil Scent Profile: Floral, Exotic

Aromatherapy Benefits: Soothing, Relaxing

Physical Benefits: Relieves Depression and Mental Tension Angelica root, bergamot, cumin, lemon, and orange essential oils will cause you to sunburn easily if applied directly to the skin These toxins include camphor, mugwart, thuja, wintergreen, sage, thyme, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils Some oils can cause skin irritation Lavender Essential Oil Scent Profile: Fresh, Slightly Fruity

Aromatherapy Benefits: Calming, Therapeutic

Physical Benefits: Relieves depression, anxiety, burns, and muscle pains Lemongrass Essential Oil Sandalwood Essential Oil Orange Essential Oil Rosemary Essential Oil Sources http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/Aromatherapy.htm
http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500165_162-3903623.html Basil Essential Oil Lime Essential Oil Wintergreen Essential Oil Cinnamon Essential Oil Black Pepper Essential Oil Rose Essential Oil Nutmeg Essential Oil Scent Profile: Fresh, Lemony

Aromatherapy Benefits: Toning

Physical Benefits: Works out Muscle Aches and Stress Scent Profile: Rich, Sweet, Delicate

Aromatherapy Benefits: Warming, Relaxing

Physical Benefits: Helps Sensitive Skin, Relieves Anxiety and Stress Scent Profile: Sweet, Fruity, Lively

Aromatherapy Benefits: Uplifting

Physical Benefits: Combats dull skin, sensitive gums, and the flu Scent Profile: Strong, Fresh, Camphor-Like

Aromatherapy Benefits: Clarifying, Invigorating

Physical Benefits: Treats exhaustion and helps hair Scent Profile: Floral-Type Sweet, Spicy

Aromatherapy Benefits: Energizing, Refreshing

Physical Benefits: Treats Colds, Flu, and Insecct Bites Scent Profile: Fresh, Citrusy, Slightly Tart

Aromatherapy Benefits: Refreshing, Cheering

Physical Benefits: Fights Acne, Dull Skin, and Varicose Veins Scent Profile: Sharp, Fresh, Strong

Aromatherapy Benefits: Invigorating, Bracing

Physical Benefits: Soothes Head Tension and Muscle Tiredness Scent Profile: Spicy, Sharp

Aromatherapy Benefits: Warming, Comforting

Physical Benefits: Relieves Constipation and Fights off Lice Scent Profile: Crisp, Fresh

Aromatherapy Benefits: Alerting, Energizing

Physical Benefits: Helps Sluggish Digestion and Constipation Scent Profile: Warm, Rich, Sweet

Aromatherapy Benefits: Supportive, Romanticizing

Physical Benefits: Used to treat Eczema and Mature Skin Scent Profile: Sweet, Warm, Spicy

Aromatherapy Benefits: Comforting and Soothing

Physical Benefits: Supports the Nervous and Endocrine Systems Though our topic is based mainly on the aromatherapy benefits, we included the physical benefits as well Keep in mind that essential oils also have benefits when applied to the body Although aromatherapy is thought to have significant benefits to both the physical and mental aspects of a person's health, studies have shown that few essential oils actually deliver. Though studies show a small amount of people actually recieve the benefits, some scientists speculate that this is due to the placebo effect. Though always worth a try, aromatherapy should never replace normal medications.
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