What Are Essential Oils?

The properties of essential oils include; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptics along with the effects of relaxation while receiving treatment.  An essential oil is a result of a distillation or expression process that yields different groups of chemical constituents that deliver a synergy of healing properties such as physiological, psychological and spiritual response to the individuals applying them.

A professional Aromatherapist has the skills to assess and apply essential oils professionally and safely to enhance the state of well-being and compliment the clinical and holistic environments with essential oils to bring on effective results.

There are different methods of applications when applying essential oils.

  1. Inhalation
  2. Massage
  3. Bath
  4. Ointments, Gels, Lotions & Compress
Information on essential oils!
Essential oils ARE NOT synthetic fragrances used in commercial perfumes – Essential oils are a cluster of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules that are from a distillation yield of plants, that deliver gentle therapeutic response upon application. Whereas synthetic perfumes are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant. [1]  

Synthetic perfume fragrances tend to lead to sensitizations and allergies.

Research Studies
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)  - Diffusing lavender with an Aroma stream demonstrated an effective  treatment for agitated behavior in patients with severe dementia.[1
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) & Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) were used in hospital located in Oxford, England.  The essential oils were used to enhance sleep in patients and helped reduce use of benzodiazepine drugs.[2]
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutitawas found to be effective in a controlled double-blind study of slow healing wounds in 14 patients.[3]
Melissa (M.Officinalis) was investigated in Herpes simplex virus.  115 patients used a preparation of Melissa extract lip balm showed effective in the treatment of lip sores associated with Herpes simplex virus.[4]
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) was used with Neuragen & Geranium essential oil for relief of pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, showed 69% improvement in pain, usually within minutes applying ointment topically.[5]

[1] Aromatherapy Science (A guide for healthcare professionals Maria Lis-Balchin)

[2] Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing (Jane Buckle)

[3] Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing (Jane Buckle)

[4] Wolbling and Leonhardt, 1994

[5] Aromatherapy Science (A guide for healthcare professionals Maria Lis-Balchin)


[7] The Practitioners Guide to Aromatherapy (Danielle Sade)



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