Aromatherapy 101

 

Developed from a set of workshops, this is a beginner level exploration into the world of aromatherapy. Throughout this eight-week course, we will examine the effects of aroma upon the mind and body. Along the way, you will learn which essential oils are vital for an effective holistic home first-aid kit. Hands-on classes will involve blending your own mood perfumes, massage oils and, yes, much more. Upon completing the course you’ll have the knowledge and experience to create beneficial blends for friends, family and yourself.

 

 

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Aromatic FYI

Aromatherapy typically incorporates healing plants and their essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. The Influence of aroma upon the brain is a source of continued study, especially upon the limbic region by way of the olfactory system (essentially, our noses). Modern science has long confirmed the direct pharmacological effects of essential oils. Although reliable research to date asserts that aromatherapy alone cannot cure disease, clinical studies of have shown many proven and positive results.

Rose, lavender, bergamot and sandalwood are just a few of many oils that can aid in alleviating depression, stress and anxiety. Formal investigations have displayed the theurpetutic results of scent on insomnia and even agitation caused by a variety of conditions including dementia. Studies on the role of aromatherapy in pain management for individuals suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and headaches demonstrated a marked reduction of dependence on medications.

Most essential oils are considered generally safe when inhaled or used in a topical manner; however, a number of plants oils are toxic if taken orally. Side effects from certain botanicals can induce nausea, skin irritate and rash. Essentials oils can be flammable and may even negatively interact with some prescription medicines. Even with all the beneficial results found in aromatherapy, great care and safety should always be a paramount concern.

 

 

Complete 8-week Aromatherapy course - $85*

*includes book, project materials and a set of ten basic essential oils.

 

 

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Mary Winters.

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References:

Atsumi T, Tonosaki K. Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Psychiatry Res. 2007;150(1):89-96.

Bagetta G, Morrone LA, Rombola L, et al. Neuropharmacology of the essential oil of bergamot. Fitoterapia. 2010;81(6):453-61.

Goel N, Kim H, Lao RP. An olfactory stimulus modifies nighttime sleep in young men and women. Chronobiol Int. 2005;22(5):889-904.

Hadfield N. The role of aromatherapy massage in reducing anxiety in patients with malignant brain tumours. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2001;7(6):279-85.

Kim JT, Wajda M, Cuff G, et al., Evaluation of aromatherapy in treating postoperative pain: pilot study. Pain Pract. 2006;6(4):273-7.

Tillett J, Ames D. The uses of aromatherapy in women's health. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2010;24(3):238-45.


Meta-Facts

Tried & True ~ World Health: It is estimated that 25% of modern medicines are made from plants first used traditionally. Some of these plants have been used since prehistoric times. - WHO Fact