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Aromatherapy

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“My elders have said to me
that the trees are the teachers of the law.
As I grow less ignorant
I begin to understand what they mean”

                   – Brooke Medicine Eagle

 

 

From the beginning we have been surrounded by the presence of plants. Plants, animals and people have coevolved over a long period of time. Their relationship reflect matualistic interdependencies that cannot be viewed in isolation from one another.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an Art of using naturally extracted aromatic essence from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to balance, harmonise and promote the heath of the BODY, MIND and SOUL. It enhances psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

Benefits of aromatherapy and massage

Aromatherapy can help people in many ways. It is a natural way to improve your health and
calm your mind. Aromatherapy can:aromatherapy

  •  Enhance mood and general feeling of well-being.
  •  Improve blood and lymphatic circulation.
  •  Strengthen the immune system, resistance to disease and combat infections.
  •  Promote deeper and easier breathing.
  •  Help to deal with different emotions,  such as anxietydepression and grief.
  • Promote healthy skin care.
  • Stimulate all the senses to help increase sensory awareness through touch, music and smell experiences.
  • Soothe the tension and pain of the muscles, improve flexibilitymobility and co-ordination.
  • Encourage restful sleep.
  • Improve digestion – massage to the lower back and abdomen can help the colon work more comfortably and naturally.

Aromatherapy is a continuous exchange, process of giving and receiving. Aromatherapy allows individual to find his/her inner harmony and peace.

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Aromatherapy and Yoga

aromatherapy and yoga

Holistic Aromatherapy and Yoga
– a union of the mind, body and soul.

 Aromatherapy and Yoga incorporates main concepts of Holism:

  • Each person exists on many levels: physical, mental/emotional and spiritual
  • Each person is unique
  • Each person needs to be part of the decision-making process/each person is self-responsible
  • Each person has self- healing potential to evoke a sense of balance and wholeness

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Frankincense

 

Boswellia carteri

“The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.

Henry David Thoreau

Family: Burseraceae
Parts used: Gum
Aroma: Resinous, balsamic, camphoraceous, subtle green-lemon note
Properties: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anticatarrhal, antidepressive, anti-infectious, astringent, calmative, carminative, cicatrisant, expectorant, immune tonic, vulnerary

Prepared from the resin of various boswellia species by steam distillation method, Ffrankincense essential oilrankincense essential oil, also known as olibanum, is a part of the traditional medicinal systems of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in certain other folklore remedies.
The origin of the term ‘Frankincense’ derives from the Old French word ‘franc’ – meaning ‘pure’ or ‘free’, and the Latin ‘incensium’‘to smoke’. Frankincense has played an important role in the religious and domestic lives of Ancient Egypt, Persian, Hebrew, Greek and Roman civilizations.

“Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense”. (The Song of Solomon) Continue Reading…