Aromatherapy’s roots can be traced back more than 3,500 years when the first users burnt aromatic herbs to assist in treatment of their ill or to relax their dying. Since that time, the process has been refined through science to capture the oils of different raw plant materials including but not limited to flowers, fruits, leaves, wood, bark, peel and seeds. The oils are extracted through the processes distillation (the extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something by a process of heating and cooling), hydrodistillation (a variant of steam and distillation in which material is soaked for some time in water and after with the mixture is heated and volatile materials are carried away in steam, condensed and separated) and expression (the production of something, especially by pressing or squeezing it out).
Essential Oils, when inhaled through the nostrils, are absorbed immediately into the olfactory nerve, then to the brain and impact the amygdala, a part of the limbic system that coordinates with the user’s neural network and manages certain aspects of emotion. Lemon Oils have been known to stimulate appetite, energize, and purify. Lavender Oil is used to calm anxiety, relax or decrease general discomfort, assist the consumer to fall asleep and have a more restful sleep. Peppermint Oil can energize, ease motion sickness, aid heartburn, alleviate tension or simply clear sinus congestion. Tests around the world have shown Essential Oils to help manage a variety of symptoms including but not limited to food cravings; anxiety, increased memory and alertness. While some consumers report certain oils to assist with the pain of headaches, migraines, allergies, insomnia, depression and nausea. Other testimonials show increased blood flow which could serve as a natural aphrodisiac. In short, this stuff works.
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