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Elena Gorn, DSH
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What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine, derived from the ancient practice of using natural plant essences, called essential oils. Essential oils are subtle, volatile, aromatic liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. They're what give flowers their scent, and herbs and spices their flavor and aroma. The use of plant essential oils dates back to the ancient times in Egypt, Italy, India, and China.

How does it "work"?
When essential oils are inhaled, their aromas are perceived by the nerve endings at the back of the nose and signals passed to the limbic system of the brain. An important part of the limbic system, the hypothalamus, governs the pituitary gland, which controls hormone release throughout the body. In addition, production of neuro-chemicals influence the mood: like serotonin which calms or endorphins which give natural high. When topically applied to the feet, or elsewhere, essential oils can travel throughout the body, reaching every cell in the body within 20 minutes, and producing their effect, often within three seconds.

Quality of Essential oils.
Although widely available, the quality of essential oils from one vendor to another can vary drastically. Poor quality oils (oils that have been distilled from poor crops, have been handled improperly, are old, etc.) or adulterated oils (oils that have chemicals or other oils added to them) lack the therapeutic benefit of good quality oils.

It is recommended to buy Therapeutic / Grade A essential oils, which have AFNOR/ISO certification on itís label. In Europe, AFNOR (French Association of Normalization) and ISO (International Standards Organization, which has set standards for therapeutic-grade essential oils adopted from AFNOR) provide a set of standards that has been established, outlining the chemical profile and principal constituents that quality essential oils should have. These are widely regarded as the gold standard for testing essential oils.

Where to buy Therapeutic Grade Essential oils?
Young Living Essential Oils is a multinational, relationship-marketing company specializing in the production and distribution of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential-oil-enhanced products. Young Living is the largest supplier of essential oils in the world.

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