Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that once used aromatic botanicals for health remedies, in religious ceremony, take a spiritual journey, or to help induce a spiritual connection to the gods. It’s quite romantic to think that our ancestors would sit around primitive fires burning fragrant woods, leaves, herbs, and flowers to connect to earthly spirits, dead relatives, or perform religious rites of passage. The ancient Greeks used to burn herbs and spices as part of their sacrifice to honor their patron gods and goddesses. Egyptians believed burning aromatics would help send their prayers and desires to their gods. In China, the Middle East, to India and pre-Columbus American the practice of using herbal medicine has been around for many centuries as seen in many of their ancient texts and oral history.
Today aromatherapy is still used in some houses of worship in the form of burning incense in special golden censors for purity, pleasing God so as to arouse His compassion, and ascend prayers to Heaven to be answered. In our secular world, it’s mostly used for a variety of reasons from health therapies to room and body fragrances; interestingly some ancient Greek methods and remedies still hold up today such as the scent of Rosemary being an aid to memory and how Lavender can ease stress and promote relaxation. You can find many Lavender scented candles, linen spray, lotions, and baby bath products that promotes sleep aid and relaxation on their packaging.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are growing businesses, you can now find essential oils in almost any retail store with varying diffusers, blends, and rollers to apply them. Most enjoy the benefits of essential oils to lift their mood, stimulate brain functions, mental clarity, improve brain focus, get pain relief, help improve sleep quality, ease headaches, migraines, minor aches and pains, to relax and reduce stress, also an added first-aid supply as a topical anti-bacterial and so much more. Health and Eco conscience households like to create their own cleaning products and add essential oils for not only a pleasant scent but as an anti-bacterial property.
Even the beauty community finds many benefits of adding oils to their products for treating acne, soothing eczema, skin toner, skin inflammation, dandruff, serums, gentle moisturizers, bath salts, deodorant, mouth rinse, treat oily or dry skin, detox scalp & hair, insect repellant, anti-aging, foot fungus, antioxidant, perfumes, hair tonics, lotions, soap, and bath oils to name a few.
Incorporate aromatherapy into any healing therapies such as Reiki, massage, hypnotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, spa services, beauty services, talk therapy, yoga, guided meditation, biofeedback, MBSR and more.
What we’ll be covering in this course:
• History of Aromatherapy
• Reputable Distributors
• Essential and Carrier Oils
• Safety and Precautions
• Oil Blends
• Health Benefits
• Beauty Benefits
• Emotional Health Benefits
• Different Ways to Use Essential Oils
• How to Use Oils for Well-Being
• Properties and Uses
• Diffusers, Rollers, Topical, and orally
• Recipes and Products
• How to Use Aromatherapy in your Practice
Instructor: Amy Elmore