Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from plants (flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant) to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The word “aroma” implies that the oils are inhaled, but they can also be massaged into the skin. You should never take essential oils by mouth without specific instruction from a trained and certified aromatherapist.
The inhaled aroma from essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. When used topically, essential oils can be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. Aromatherapists, who specialize in the practice of aromatherapy, utilize the actions of plant properties with blends of therapeutic essential oils.
Aromatherapy works by utilizing the "smell" receptors in your nose that communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you inhale essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work. Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.
We offer a private consultation with a trained and certified aromatherapist. An aromatherapy session will include a brief health history and testing of various oils that may be of therapeutic value for the presenting condition. After this evaluation, a custom-blended essential oil product will be created based on the condition, preference of application (lotion, spray, oil, etc), and sensitivity of the patient.