By Susan E. Worwood
Even supposing aromatherapy is far trendy nowadays, it really is really an old perform, with humans over the centuries usually turning to nature for remedies, comforts and cosmetics. crucial Aromatherapy finds the secrets and techniques of this artwork and organizes them into available, alphabetical listings.
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Enfleurage is a very old method of extracting essential oils, not used much today because it's very labor-intensive and time consuming. There are several versions of enfleurage which involve immersing the flower petals in a fat so that the fat pulls the essential oil from the petal and becomes saturated with it. Then the fat and essential oil are separated. Because people today do not like essential oils to come into contact with animal matter, the fats now used are usually of vegetable origin, such as cocoa butter or coconut.
Although their use has been replaced over recent years by chemical copies or replacements, some still appear in their original form, while others have been given more scientific-sounding names. Medical scientists, perhaps more than anyone else, appreciate the benefits of nature's rich and varied bounty. Indeed, as the rain forests and other natural habitats continue to be depleted, laboratories all over the world are rushing to send groups of researchers into less-developed regions of the world to gather medicinal information that is in danger of being lost, in search of cures for the future.
For example, ginger oil which appears to be a great bone healer can be applied directly to a broken toe. If the problem is an earache, ginger diluted in vegetable oil can be applied behind the ear and in a straight line down the neck over the clavicle, across the upper chest, and into the underarm. This could affect the lymphatic system, as well as the Eustachian tube. If the problem is a strained muscle, diluted ginger oil can be applied directly to that muscle. The only areas of the body to which essential oils are never applied are the eyes and any of the delicate Page 16 mucus membrane areas.