Aromas and Essential Oils
Aromas, essential oils, and using both for therapeutic effects on the body-mind-spirit form the foundation of aromatherapy today. Discover more information about the new HealMobile offering, Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT), on a separate page.
Here, we will explore how both aromas and essential oils have a history that confirms their role in healing ancient peoples from time immemorial.
According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (Fifth Edition):
“Most people today are unaware of the extensive documentation of the use of essential oils and their ancient history of healing and anointing. Many references about essential oils can be found in Judeo-Christian religious texts, and records show that at one time they were used to treat virtually every ailment known to man. Frankincense, myrrh, lotus, cedarwood and sandalwood oils are some of the oils that were widely used in ancient Egyptian purification and embalming rituals. Oils like cinnamon, clove, and lemon were highly valued as antiseptics hundreds of years before the development of today’s laboratory-developed medicines.
“With the advancement of over-the-counter and prescription drugs during the last century, the knowledge of natural substances, especially essential oils, has been lost to the general public. Only two decades ago in the United States did essential oils begin to gain a place on the shelves in the health food stores and perfume shops.
“Many researchers and health-care professionals have come to discover that there is a fascinating board spectrum of therapeutic action in their healing potential….
“In clinical practice, essential oils have been shown to have a profound influence on the central nervous system, helping to reduce or eliminate pain and release muscle tension. The benefits of essential oils are numerous, and years of study are required to learn about the complexity of essential oil chemical constituents.
“Even when pure essential oils were available, little was known about their therapeutic effects. The perfume industry was the greatest purchaser of pure oils and, unfortunately, adulterated them for the perfection and consistency of the aroma. It quickly became evident that chemical components were easier and cheaper to produce in the laboratory, which made it possible to increase the volume, putting millions of more dollars in the coffers of the manufacturers.
“Today we find synthetic essential oil ingredients in soaps, cleaning agents, cosmetics, skin care, food, and flavoring, as well as, sadly, in the industry of health and wellness. When the oils are extended and adulterated for commercial use, their therapeutic biochemical structure is destroyed, making them useful only as perfume for scenting all types of products and as flavoring compounds.
“On the other hand, the chemical structure of pure essential oil can rapidly penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the body, and enhance cellular function. For health professionals who have used pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils on patients, it is very clear that there is a powerful life force inherent in these substances, which gives them an unmatched ability to interact with cells in the human body.
“Many people believe that essential oils are God’s medicine for mankind and will provide critical medical solutions in the future. Essential oils could very well be the missing link of modern health care, bringing allopathic and holistic practices together for optimal health in the 21st century.”
We at The HealMobile love using essential oils as part of our work to help you de-stress and feel holistically optimized. We want to be careful, though, and therefore make no claims as to your medical problems and challenges that should be addressed by your professional healthcare practitioner or medical doctor. Though essential oils may help, they are not substitutes for prescriptions, medicinal protocols or medical therapy that your doctor or healthcare practitioner may recommend.