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1 Aromatherapy Nabong, Alliana Marie G. Bs Biology 3a

2 Aromatherapy - is a form of alternative medicine - uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds - for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.

3 HISTORY Aromatherapy may have origins in antiquity with the use of infused aromatic oils, made by macerating dried plant material in fatty oil, heating and then filtering. Many such oils are described by Dioscorides, along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties. Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the invention of distillation in the eleventh century, when Avicenna isolated essential oils using steam distillation.

4 MODES OF APPLICATION The modes of application of aromatherapy include: Aerial diffusion : for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection Direct inhalation : for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, expectoration as well as psychological effects Topical applications : for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin care

5 Some of the materials employed include: Absolutes : Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction (e.g., rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and enfleurage pommades using ethanol. Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base triacylglycerides that dilute essential oils for use on the skin (e.g., sweet almond oil).

6 Essential oils : Fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through steam distillation (e.g., eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). However, the term is also occasionally used to describe fragrant oils extracted from plant material by any solvent extraction. Herbal distillates or hydrosols: The aqueous by- products of the distillation process (e.g., rosewater). There are many herbs that make herbal distillates and they have culinary uses, medicinal uses and skin care uses. Common herbal distillates are chamomile, rose, and lemon balm. Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant material (e.g., infusion of chamomile).

7 Phytoncides : Various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes. Many terpene-based fragrant oils and sulfuric compounds from plants in the genus " Allium " are phytoncides, though the latter are likely less commonly used in aromatherapy due to their disagreeable odors. Vaporizer (Volatized) Raw Herbs : Typically higher oil content plant based materials dried, crushed, and heated to extract and inhale the aromatic oil vapors in a direct inhalation modality.

8 THEORY Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Other stated uses include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching.

9 Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven. However, some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.

10 POPULAR USES Lemon oil is uplifting and anti-stress/anti- depressant. In a Japanese study, lemon essential oil in vapour form has been found to reduce stress in mice. Research at The Ohio State University indicates that Lemon oil aroma may enhance one's mood, and help with relaxation. Peppermint oil is often used to deter ants, by applying a few drops on their trail. Both lavender and tea tree oil are used as antiseptics, sometimes in lotions or soaps. Lavender oil is said to help heal wounds and burns.

11 THE BENEFIT OF PHYSICAL APPLICATION -Heal wounds - Energize -Improve skin tone -Relax muscles -Improve sleep -Kill fungal and bacterial infection -Relieve headache




15 Practitioners of aromatherapy base their entire belief system on the ideology that essential oils, or aromatherapy oils have medicinal benefits includinf antidepressant and antibacterial properties and plenty in between.

16 “ Essential oils have wonderful medicinal benefits, but if uses improperly the effects can be hazardous to your health”

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