Aromatherapy with
Essential Oils

Aleister Crowley defined magic as an art and a science. Ancient magical arts included  mathematics, geometry, astronomy, chemistry, and more.  

Today they are sciences.

One of the most ancient of magical sciences is perfumery.  It has long been recognized that certain scents produce certain responses in your physical, mental, and emotional bodies. It also can affect the environment.

Every day, more and more scientific reports show that certain scents, sometimes ones that seem highly unlikely, can have strong physical effects on people.    

You can use scent to enhance virtually any ritual  you might need for healing, in purification rituals and religious ceremonies.

Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs,  shrubs and trees through distillation. They are the oldest form of medicine and cosmetic known to man and were considered more valuable than gold.

Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing substances found in essential oils.

 

Aromatherapy is the ancient art and science of balancing the emotions, healing the body and lifting the spirit through the fragrant plant essences known as Essential Oils. Essential Oils are different from herbs and food supplements. They are the heartbeat of the plant kingdom, and are perhaps the most exciting life-giving substance we have in the world today.

Not all essential oils are created equal. Many of the essential oils on the market today are what's called "perfume quality" or "fourth and fifth quality oils and possess little or none of the beneficial therapeutic qualities of pure essential oils. The ancient process of oil distillation is a delicate and precise art which has been almost forgotten. Science is just now rediscovering these healing substances that were used in ancient times and beginning to acknowledge their value. 

Buying Essential Oils

  • Essential oils from a bath or general store may be of questionable quality; shop for oils in a specialty store, staffed by salespeople with aromatherapy training.

  • Quality oils, which are light and heat sensitive, will be in a blue or brown light protective glass.

  • Labeling on the bottle should provide should provide both the common and botanical name for the oil.

  • Steer clear of concentrated oils with rubber eyedroppers since the oils react with the rubber causing it to break down and contaminate the oil.

Health and Energy Frequency

The study of frequencies raises important questions concerning the frequencies of substances we eat,  breath and absorb.  Many pollutants lower healthy frequency. Processed/canned foods have a frequency of zero.  Fresh produce has up to 15 Hz, dry herbs from 12 to 22 Hz, and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 Hz. Essential oils start at 52 Hz and go as high as 320 Hz,  which is the frequency of Rose oil.

You can use essential oils to bring desired changes and shift the overall frequency of the environment by diffusing or spraying into the air. Mix about nine drops of essential oil(s) with four ounces pure water in a spray bottle or use an aromatherapy diffuser.

Clinical research shows that essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live. In fact, clinical research has proven that 100% pure essential oils are immune stimulating. Moreover, other research shows that many of the "super bugs" that has modern medicine so concerned, cannot survive in the presence of essential oils...nor has there been any pathogen known to resist them by mutating.

Because they are concentrated, essential oils are from 50 to 70 times more therapeutically potent than the herbs or  plants they are derived from.  

Some people call essential oils ethered oils.   

The Power of Scent

We know that the power of scent  stimulates something within us that draws out powerful associated memories. 

Perception of scent varies - our reaction to scent is emotionally loaded and highly subjective.  Of all the senses, smell has the most sensitive receptors, and smell is the most memorable and evocative of sensations. A whiff of a particular aroma, pleasant or unpleasant, is all it takes to rekindle all types of memories. This is because when you smell an aroma, an impulse travels immediately down the olfactory nerve to the limbic system - a tiny part of the brain where emotion, hunger, memory, and other responses are evoked. The reason scents work (besides the fact that your olfactory nerves are wired straight to your brain, where scent impulses create virtually instant memories) is a bit of a mystery.  

Scents tell us much more than we’re aware of… That is why the power of scent should not be underestimated. Scents can trigger intense feelings and emotions in every human being:

  • Our scent receptors are closely linked to the emotional centers of the brain.

  • Smell memory holds all aspects of a moment remembered: sounds, sights, faces and thoughts.

  • The scent of a fragrance, for example, will transport you in time to that very special moment and will awake images and emotions.

  • Historically, fragrance scents revealed divine presence.

  • The Egyptians referred to the use of scent as “divine perspiration.

  • In Greek mythology, each god had his/her own scent, which the Greeks described as part of the god's presence. Each fragrance had a spiritual meaning and was creating a link between Humans and Gods.

Over time vanity, and eventually technology, have made it possible for people to use fragrance scents as an extension of one self, or a  signature scent.  

An encounter with a scent can bring back long-forgotten memories of people and events from our past. Just passing someone on the street smelling a certain perfume fragrance can send you back 20 years in an instant!

Some of the ways we can enhance our lives with memorable scents in our own homes, include  potpourri, sachets and herbal pillows, aromatherapy oils, perfumes and toilet waters, scented candles, scented soaps, incense, pomanders, and even perfumed ink. 
 

Experiment with different blends and find the ones right for you. Quality is very important when choosing essential oils. The frequency of the oil depends on how and where the plant was grown, when and how it was harvested, how it was distilled and packaged. Best oils are those made from organically grown plants and distilled using a slow steam-process.

When used properly, essential oils can be a powerful tool in cleansing and balancing your environment, thus healing and nurturing your whole being. 

Peppermint may help you feel more alert and think more clearly. In fact, one study found that people who performed tasks like typing and alphabetizing did them more accurately after sniffing peppermint oil. Another study found that the peppermint may enhance physical performance and help you get more out of a workout. Try dabbing on a bit of a peppermint-scented body spray or lotion before hitting the gym for a quick boost.

The calming scent of jasmine may help you sleep more soundly, Try showering with a jasmine-scented soap before bedtime or spritzing a jasmine room spray in your bedroom.

Lavender. This plant contains linalool, which prompts your body to produce a calming compound.  

Cinnamon  Aroma-therapists say that inhaling this spice improves mood, vigor and concentration.  When researchers released the smell of cinnamon into the air, passersby were more likely to be nice to fellow shoppers, says psychologist Avery Gilbert, PhD, author of What the Nose Knows. Just reading the word "cinnamon" activates the same part of the brain that lights up when you smell cinnamon, he adds. Try storing some of the spice in a satchel in your top desk drawer. Each time you open the drawer, you'll get a little boost.

Citrus increase oxygen flow to the brain, boosting energy and immune function.

Japanese scientists recently identified the part of the brain that lemon oil affects, lending credibility to its reputation as a mood-enhancer and source of stamina.

Grapefruit may significantly increase memory and improve hand-eye coordination.

There are a variety of different products and methods of diffusion to obtain the healing benefits of oils. Some oils - like lavender, ylang ylang and sandalwood can be applied directly to the skin - while others are too concentrated and need to be diluted into carriers such as massage oils, bath soaps and lotions  essential oils, like many medicines, can increase a person's sensitivity to the sun and should be used with caution when spending time outdoors.

  • Lavender - First used as perfume by ancient Egyptians 2,500 years ago, lavender is now used to treat  insomnia, migraines and provides stress relief.

  • Rosemary - This fragrant plant relieves muscle pain, low blood pressure and cold feet and hands.

  • Spearmint - The oil from spearmint aids digestion and eases nausea and vomiting.

  • Masculine scents - Scents such as bay laurel and ylang-ylang appeal to men for their deep scent. They also treat skin rashes, rheumatism and stomach ailments.

Aromatherapy

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