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What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, commonly associated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is the use of volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other aromatic compounds from plants to affect someone's mood or health.  Aromatherapy is therapy through smell.  The most popular is through the use of burning scented candles and the holistic aproach of massage therapy through the use of essential ois and blends, mists and sprays and also through the use of candles as well.

The main branches of aromatherapy include:
  1)  Home aromatherapy - (self treatment, perfume & cosmetic use)
  2)  Clinical aromatherapy - (as part of pharmacology and                                          pharmacotherapy)
  3)  Aromachology - (the psychology of odors and their effects on the                    mind)

Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease
by use of essential oils.
Wiki tells us that "Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects." "One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system." "The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils." "While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains to be proven." "However, some preliminary clinical studies show positive effects."

"In the English-speaking world, practitioners tend to emphasize the use of oils in massage." "Aromatherapy tends to be regarded as a complementary modality at best and a pseudoscientific fraud at worst."

"On the continent, especially in France, where it originated, aromatherapy is incorporated into mainstream medicine." "There, the use of the antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties of oils in the control of infections is emphasized over the approaches familiar to North Americans." "In France some essential oils are regulated as prescription drugs, and thus administered by a physician. French doctors use a technique called the aromatogram to guide their decision on which essential oil to use." "First the doctor cultures a sample of infected tissue or secretion from the patient." "Next the growing culture is divided among petri dishes supplied with agar." "Each petri dish is inoculated with a different essential oil to determine which have the most activity against the target strain of microorganism." "The antiseptic activity manifests as a pattern of inhibited growth."

"In many countries essential oils are included in the national pharmacopoeia, but up to the present moment aromatherapy as science has never been recognized as a valid branch of medicine in the United States, Russia, Germany, or Japan."

"Essential oils, phytoncides and other natural VOCs work in different ways. At the scent level they activate the limbic system and emotional centers of the brain. When applied to the skin (commonly in form of "massage oils" i.e. 1-10% solutions of EO in carrier oil) they activate thermal receptors, and kill microbes and fungi. Internal application of essential oil preparations (mainly in pharmacological drugs; generally not recommended for home use apart from dilution - 1-5% in fats or mineral oils, or hydrosoles) may stimulate the immune system."
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Definitions of Aromatherapy materials

Find more definitions at:
thefreedictionary.com
encyclopedia.com
wikipedia.org
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Aromatherapy Facts
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The modes of application of aromatherapy include:
1)  aerial diffusion for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection
2)  direct inhalation for respiratory disinfection, decongestion,                                expectoration as well as psychological effects
3)  topical applications for general massage, baths, compresses,                             therapeutic skin care
4)  oral, rectal, vaginal interfaces for infection, congestion, parasites,                  perfumery for body fragrancing, anointments
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  Herbs & Oils Used /and Why
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Aromatherapy for Colds and Flu
Keep this on hand this fall and winter for colds and flu.
Blend together
5 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Tea Tree
5 drops of Eucalyptus
Store in an amber or cobalt bottle.
When ready to use blend 5 drops in a teaspoon of
vegetable oil. Rub over swollen glands and neck area.
May be applied once every hour.
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Aromatherapy Crafts
Spicy Beads
The following recipe makes a paste which is rolled to make small round beads which can be made into necklaces or earrings. The warmer they get, the more they smell.

1 ounce powdered benzoin(the gum variety)
1 ounce powdered acacia(the gum variety)
1/2 ounce powdered orris root
1/2 ounce powdered cinnamon
1/2 powdered clove
2 drops vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons glycerine
10 drops geranium essential oil, or essential oil of your choice.
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Emotional Balancing oil
4 drops Geranium oil
4 drops Lavender oil
2 drops Grapefruit oil
1 drop Bergamot oil
1 drop Fennel oil

Use his in a burner, on a tissue or to anoint yourself whenever you have
emotional swings or thoughts and feelings seem to be getting out of
hand.
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HERBAL BATHS FOR ACHES AND PAINS
By Witchwoman

Agrimony is an herb that can be turned into a bath or poultice by making a decoction. Boil four of the dried leaves of the agrimony in one quart of water and then either enjoy the feeling of aches fading away in a bath, or wrap the decoction in pads of cloth around your feet and legs. This is a fine medication when taken externally. It's soothing and you should feel better quickly.

Knobgrass is another very good remedy for aches and pains. You should apply the leaves directly to your legs and feet, and if you have a bruise or another contusion, the herbs helps them to heal. So it's a fine poultice too.

Allspice (the fresh, whole nugget) is excellent for alleviating aches and pains. It is said to have properties that make it anesthetic in a bath.
Take some of the allspice--a few nuggets--and grind into a fine mash. Add to bathwater and see if your body doesn't relax right away.

Other herbs that may be used in baths are especially helpful to any aches you may feel as a result of being tired........

Read the rest of this great article and recipe at
http://community.livejournal.com/witchy_recipes/31443.html
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