The use of oils extracted from plants has been around since the time of the Pharoes in Egypt. Wise men brought Jesus frankincense and myrrh as gifts befitting a king. Before modern synthetic drugs, essential oils from plants were used to help with all sorts of aliments. They were medicine.
Today's aromatherapy is distinctly different. The term aromatherapy wasn't even around until the first half of the twentieth century. Nobel prizes recipients Otto Wallach and Adolf von Baeyer won their award based on their research and contributions in uncovering the secrets of essential oils. While medicinal essential oils are mainly used in other countries, we have been accustomed to going to the doctor, getting a prescription, and doing as told no questions asked.
How does it work?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help you emotionally and physically. Have you ever gone to the beach and just the smell of the salt in the air made you relax? That's because your smell receptors in your nose sends messages through your nervous system to the part of the brain that controls emotion. In fact there is a part of the nervous system called the lymbic system which specifically causes your body to react based on scent.
When essential oils are applied topically (on the skin) not only do you get the effects from the smell but your body absorbs it. It diffused through the skin and gets right to work where it is needed. Taking a pill that has to go to your stomach and digested can take hours or longer.
I do not recommend getting oils for what ever reason and just placing them on your body. Some need to be diluted before use. Not knowing how to use oils or what is best for your needs causes confusion and dislike of them.
Don't be discouraged! The benefits of using essential oils can be obtained by asking the right people. Not everyone who sells essential oils are there to help you and not just make a profit. You want someone who studies them to know what is best for you.
Here at Willows Bend Farm Alisa Strunk wants to help you find the right essential oils in the right form for you. She believes in helping you find what is best for you is better than just giving you a generic answer to things. Making sure it comes from pure, therapeutic grade oils and is mixed correctly is how she helps you. If you ever have any questions as to what is best for you she will make time for you! Either in store or online you are her top priority.