What is Aromatherapy?

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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.The inhaled aroma from 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.
A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

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Aromatherapy History

Little is known about the history of aromatherapy, or where it originated specifically, but the Egyptians are credited with developing one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants -- cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, to name a few -- which were used to embalm the dead. The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, however, is thought to have roots in China.The Greeks also played a role in the history of aromatherapy. Megallus, a Greek perfumer, developed a fragrance he called megaleion, which consisted of myrrh. The "father of medicine" Hippocrates is said to have practiced aromatherapy (before it was dubbed so) for healing purposes. Greek mythology claims the gods were gifted with the knowledge of perfume and fragrance.The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.


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What are Essential Oils?
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Essential oils are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.

 There are different grades of oils.

Grade A Therapeutic- Made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures
Grade B - Food grade- May contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders, or carrier oils
Grade C – Perfume- Often contains adulterating chemicals and solvents to gain higheryield. Solvents can be cancerous, and are in many store bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95% with alcohol.
Grade D – Floral Water - Aromatic only and usually a by-product of Grade A distillation. After the oil is pulled out, the left over floral water is sold to companies. They in turn will fill 5% of the bottle with this floral water, and top the rest off with carriers and label it “pure”.
Essential oils are extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resin and herbs.
Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds. In humans, they provide support for every system in the body: your system and your hormones, respiratory system and immune system. They support brain health and a healthy weight. They are used extensively for emotional and for spiritual support in your prayer life. An oil in a diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school and provide a calming effect when you’ve had a stressful day at work.
 

Safety

Some oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a 'carrier' oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause reactions, such as rashes or burns. Certain oils are photosensitive, so don't use if going outside (e.g., Lemon, Grapefruit, and most citrus oils).  There are over 300 oils available, each with its own healing properties but.. you only need ten to twenty oils to build a good kit. 

 

 So why do you need Essential Oils? 

Because you need them in your home as part of a simple, chemical free lifestyle. It is time to kick chemicals to the curb! Only you control what you allow across the threshold of your home. When you see what they do for your body and begin to kick chemicals out of every room in your house, it is impossible to walk into the home of your friends and family and not share what you know– especially when you see the ingredients lists in the products they use every single day. You share it because you love and care for your friends, and you want them to live a healthy life!

Where to start?

Here's my link to provide you with the best Starter Kit you will ever buy!

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The kit comes with:

  • 11 essential Oils
  • Bottles to share with your family and friends
  • An AromaGlide roll-on bottle to apply the oils on the go
  • Samples of NingXia Red for full system support
  • Thieves hand sanitizer
  • A diffuser!!!!!!!!!
A lifetime wholesale membership
  • That means 24% off your oils for life
  • Every single order that you place after the kit is 24% off
  • To maintain a wholesale membership you only have to spend 50PVs in a calendar year in oils that you select. There is never a membership fee.

How To Order

  • It’s simple!
  • Go to here
  • Click on “become a member” 
  • Add my sponsor/enroller number (11112961)
  • Screen 2 lets you pick out your options
  • Screen 3 adds your mailing info
  • Screen 4 collects your payment info
  • And you are off and running!
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Aromatherapy For Students

Parents typically want to do all they can to help their child succeed in school. Whether your child is just going down the street to the local elementary school, or across the country to college, there are some great ways that essential oils can help your student achieve his or her greatest potential in school.

Passing the Test

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Nothing is worse during a test than seeing a question and knowing that you studied the answer, but it just won't come to you. According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, essential oils may be able to help with that problem. They write, "A university in Japan experimented with diffusing different essential oils in the office. When they diffused lemon there were 54% fewer errors, with jasmine there were 33% fewer errors, and with lavender there were 20% fewer errors. When essential oils are diffused while studying and smelled during a test via a hanky or cotton ball, test scores may increase by as much as 50%. Different essential oils should be used for different tests, but the same essential oil should be used during the test as was used while studying for that particular test. The smell of the essential oil may help bring back the memory of what was studied" (pg. 155). Another study indicated that subjects who learned a list of 24 words while exposed to a certain aroma had an easier time re-learning the list when exposed to the same aroma than those who were exposed to a different aroma while trying to re-learn the list. Further studies have indicated that rosemary and peppermint aromas were found to enhance memory during clinical tests.

Calming the Stress

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For many students, school means stress. Whether the stress is brought about by tests, homework, trying to fit in extracurricular activities or jobs, or from trying to create and maintain good friendships with others, essential oils can be a great aid to de-stressing after a stressful day. According to author Marlene Erickson in Healing with Aromatherapy, "EEG tests of the brain's rhythm patterns found that neroli, jasmine, and rose induced delta rhythms, with some inducing a combination of delta and theta rhythms. Delta and theta rhythms are associated with reducing mental chatter and allowing for more intuitive thought processes" (pg. 65). Marcel Lavabre also recommends chamomile, neroli, marjoram, lavender, and ylang ylang oils to help deal with stress in his Aromatherapy Workbook (pg. 49). Research studies have found evidence that lavender, lemon, and ylang ylang oils may help reduce stress.

 Fighting the Bugs

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When lots of students congregate in classrooms, lunchrooms, locker-rooms, or dormitories, there are abundant opportunities for germs to spread. Essential oils appear to be a great natural way to help keep those germs at bay. According to Connie and Alan Higley, "Research at Weber State University has shown that out of 67 oils tested, 66 of them were powerful antibacterial agents. Oregano, cinnamon bark, mountain savory, ravensara, and peppermint were all more powerful as antibacterial agents than Penicillin or Ampicillin" (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, pg. 346). Aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood recommends using essential oils to make an anti-infectious room spray by mixing 20 drops thyme linalol, 5 drops cinnamon, 5 drops clove, 10 drops tea tree, and 10 drops lemon with 2 oz. alcohol (vodka or everclear) and then mixing it with 4 oz. of water and letting it stand for 24 hours before transferring it to a misting spray bottle to use (Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, pg. 37). One study found that a blend of lemongrass and geranium oils diffused into the air was able to reduce airborne bacteria in an office by 89%.

Getting the Energy

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Between late-night study sessions, after-school activities, sports, jobs, and the many other activities students are involved in, sometimes it can be hard to find the energy needed to be awake and alert during the school day. According to several authors, some essential oils can be naturally stimulating. Marlene Erickson writes, "Stimulant essential oils are used for conditions of mental fatigue, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating. Stimulants are useful when you're feeling tired or sluggish and need to boost your mental activity. EEG tests used to evaluate stimulant essential oils such as black pepper, cardamom, and rosemary indicated that they induced beta brain rhythms. Beta rhythms correlate with aroused attention and alertness" (Healing with Aromatherapy, pg. 66). In addition to these oils, the Reference Guide for Essential Oils also lists basil, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, grapefruit, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rose, and sage as other stimulating essential oils (Higley, pg. 490).

Essential Tip: Keep essential oils close at hand for your student by placing the oils in small 1/4 dram or 5/8 dram vials and labeling each vial with a circle or rectangle label so it can be easily identified. Place up to 8 different oils or blends in a handy Keychain Oil Case. Place this small case in a the pocket of a backpack or book bag along with a copy of the Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils (you will get a small version of this book as a gift from me when you join my team), and your student will have quick access to the oils and information on how to use them any time there is a need!