Essential Oils for Total Health
Aromatherapy is the practice of utilizing essential oils to treat various conditions involving our body systems, including moods and emotions.
This practice can be traced back thousands of years with records showing plants being used for healing purposes found in countless historical manuscripts and that include the Judeo-Christian and Muslim religious texts.
Essential oils are derived from the essence of the plant and are considered as the plant’s ‘life force’. The value of essential oils has been recognized for thousands of years, primarily because of their healing, cleansing, and mood enhancing properties. Many, simply love their wonderful fragrance. Nowadays, essential oils can provide a sense of peace and tranquillity to some individuals — reviving their bodily balance that has been long weakened by the modern environment.
An unhealthy diet and lifestyle, coupled with stress and pollution, cause numerous detrimental effects to our body, mind and spirit. The science and art of essential oils has often been misunderstood but the essences and resins of these aromatic plants and flowers have for centuries been shown to work effectively on the human sensory faculties with amazing therapeutic results.
They are also effective in treating major ailments, promoting physical health and even the emotional well-being of a person. These powerful essences are nature’s gift to a man’s mind and body.
Chiropractors are well aware that chronically tight muscles hinder healing, and to help the body regulate itself effectively, it is often necessary to relax the tight, stressed muscle tissue first. Essential oils are great at this. They have also been shown to help us achieve a ‘parasympathetic state’ whereby the stress, we all too often find ourselves in, is balanced, and a more relaxed healing state of being is achieved. Chronic stress is a well recognised killer. Essential oils can be effective in helping normalize blood circulation, lessen soreness and discomfort and calming muscle tissues. The chemical components of essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin.
They can also yield internal benefits all throughout the body a short time after application. In fact, for lasting and better results, chiropractors sometimes apply essential oils directly to a patient’s skin before and right after the treatment for an added relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Today, aromatherapy is becoming an increasingly diverse practice. In fact, in France essential oils are actually taken internally and are widely used in the hospitals. Indeed, various clinical studies conducted in the US have convinced many major health care practitioners to complement aromatherapy in their practice for added patient benefits.
Main Takeaway Points
At Total Health Chiropractic we very much strive to go beyond merely relieving neck and back pain, and instead strive to help our clients reach their full health potential. Many of our clients have found the use of essential oils enormously beneficial in promoting general health and wellbeing and you may have noticed that all of our clinics have essential oil infusers which make then smell great 🙂