history of essential oils
An essential oil is a liquid extracted from the flowers, stems, leaves, bark, roots and/or other parts of a plant.
The distillation process concentrates the oils, making them more potent than the plants from which they were extracted.
People have been capitalizing on the power of oils for thousands of years, using aromatic plants for perfumery, incense, health, wellness and delight.
A bit of research into the history of essential oils reveals that the ancient Egyptians were the first to distill oils and used them for rituals, health, cosmetics and perfumery.
The Greeks built upon this foundation and even the Father of Medicine himself, Hippocrates, used essential oils after studying their effects.
In the late 1920s, French chemist René-Maurice Gatttefossé suffered a severe lab burn and reflexively doused his arm in a nearby vat of lavender oil and aromatherapy was born. This experience lead to his interest in oils and in 1937 Gatttefossé published Aromathérapie: Les Huiles essentielles hormones végétales (Gatttefossé’s Aromatherapy).
Since that time, much research has been done on the benefits of essential oils used aromatically, topically and/or through ingestion.
You can learn more about various essential oils and their components at Amazon.com, Life Science Publishing and Kindle.
But, the best way to experience the benefits are to try oils yourself! Since most of us deal with at least some stress on a daily basis, and many of us are already aware of it, lavender essential oil is a great introduction into the oily world.
Simply place one or two drops on your palm, rub your hands together in a clockwise circle, lift to your face, take a deep breath in and enjoy the scent and sensation of calm.
The beauty of essential oils is that, because they are inhaled, their components directly enter your body so you feel the effects almost immediately...relaxation anyone?
Other great tips for using lavender to enhance a sense of calm:
There are so many ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life and we'll explore many of them here as we stroll along the nourished path!
To learn more about essential oils, please visit www.BlossomWithOils.net, or drop me an email at AlongNourishedPath@gmail.com.
cranial release technique
Since 90% of all illness is attributed to chronic stress, finding ways to reduce it’s effects on our bodies, minds and spirits is essential.
Cranial Release Technique (CRT) is a treatment that can help you address:
Research shows that CRT helps the brain to move from the “stress-state” to balanced functioning. This not only helps with the physical structure of your body (like chiropractic care), but also creates balance in organ among the organs that allows for healing.
Since it’s inception in the 1900s, CRT has developed into a treatment that releases not just the cranium, but the tissues and structures associated with the skull, in a short technique that takes about a minute. The resulting health and wellbeing positively effects the:
By releasing the body’s innate healing capacities, CRT restores both health and wellbeing, naturally, helping you navigate the nourished path.
it's written all over your face
Grandma was right when she said, “I can tell, it’s written all over your face.” According to the ancient healing arts, our faces reveal much about what’s going on inside our bodies and minds.
Long before allopathic medicine, our ancestors were being cared for in surprisingly specific ways based on technologies we now call “alternative,” such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda.
An extensive range of practices dating back 2,000 years, TCM includes herbs, acupuncture, massage, qigong and dietary therapy to effect the body’s energy.
Our life force, qi, travels along meridians in the body, branching off into each organ – like superhighways of information – determining how our bodies function.
Blockages in these pathways can lead to illness by preventing qi from getting to its destination, or altering messages – like the telephone game in grade school where the statement at start is nothing like the sentence at the end.
Dating back more than 5,000 years, Ayurvedic medicine is based on the Vedic texts of northern India that stress wellness as the balance of body, mind and spirit.
This ancient art focuses on three types of energies, or doshas, believed to circulate through the body and govern physiological activity: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When doshas are in-balance, we experience health. When out of balance, illness results.
Diet based on doshas, exercise (yoga), herbs, meditation and other tools help to keep one in, or restore, balance.
Despite their differences, what’s clear throughout both traditions is that the body’s systems – lymphatic, circulatory, digestive, neurological, etc. – are linked and the physical body is constantly providing us feedback through how we look and feel.
Today, such knowledge is becoming mainstream through Face Mapping. Here, the nuanced characteristics of our eyes and face are used to determine where our bodies are imbalanced.
Whether done by an MD, traditional practitioner or a specialized esthetician, Face Mapping tells what is happening inside the body by looking at where we experience breakouts, rashes, dry/oily patches, redness, etc., and offers approaches to address these imbalances:
Finally, oils and germs are transferred each time we touch our faces so being mindful can go a long way in reducing breakouts.
While keeping our skin clean externally can clearly have an impact on its texture and appearance, grandma would agree that using non-toxic products and feeding our bodies, minds and spirits nourishing food (including positive thoughts) is the best way to face the world each day.
Originally written for Fit Nation Magazine.
I'm Mary Ann. I am a storyteller using skills, interests, education and experience to help others. Together, we'll explore your story and write a new ending for your journey along the nourished path.