What is Aromatherapy?

Nowadays, there are many different terms explaining Aromatherapy, but they all compass the main idea of Aromatherapy as the usage various extracts from aromatic plants, that can be used for healing and therapeutic purposes in physical, emotional or mental ways aiming to take care of our well-being. Rich essential oils extracted from nature provide us with an opportunity to use aroma as a therapy to solve various health issues, isn’t it perfect?!

Magical essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants, which have distinct and unique smell in at least one part of the plant. What does this mean? In order to extract essential oil, it firstly need to be distilled from branch, leaves, buds, wood, resins, fruits or peel of the plant, fruit, grass, root, blossoms, petals or even mosses of the plant!

Even if the fresh strawberry or ripe pears have common smell, they do not have the same volatile oils that can be extracted. Usually, the most common extraction methods of essential oils are steam distillations, solvent extractions, cold expression, effleurage or maceration. The cold pressing of a plant process is widely used with citrus fruits, because they have big amount of volatile oils, while solvent extraction method is mostly used for flowers. Subsequently, the main goal for solvents, such as butane or hexane, is to “wash” the aromatic oils out of the plant material (for example blossoms). Finally, the most common method – steam distillation, which uses heat and water, is practised while seeking to extract lavender, chamomile, vetiver and many other essential oils.

                                                                                                                                    

We visited famous Norfolk Essential Oils producer who demonstrates breathtaking process of distillation.

lavender fields

Interestingly, Lavender requires a short, quite hot distillation which may be finished in 2 or 3 hours, while vetiver typically requires a distillation time of 24 hours or even longer.

 

 

For example, rose may need to be distilled immediately after picking, while our flavourful lavender is often dried for few days in order to allow the harsher chemicals to evaporate, making its essential oils sweeter.

 

 

Aromatherapy in daily life

 

There are many ways in which we can use essential oils, but the most popular and the easiest way is just to fill up your home or office with fragrant aroma. For this, you can use aroma lamp or vaporizer. Moreover, if you aim to solve or reduce a health problem, you can use aromatherapy baths, which works in two ways - physically and emotionally. For this you can exploit ointments, creams, compress, aromatherapy candles, spritzers and inhalations. For example, use steam for problems with respiratory system. Finally, you can get the most pleasure from aromatherapy massage sessions with blends of various vegetable oils such as sweet almond oil with EO synergy.

Traditional Chinese medicine brings the unique healing traditions based on essential oils, which help us to connect with our spiritual and energetic beings. This theory provides an understanding that essential oil concentrates the magical “lock” of the plant with all vital energy. Thus, plants encompass powerful energies, which allow us to adapt in constantly changing environment. Together with aroma, people are able to pick up extremely powerful energies to their bodies, souls and spirits. This is the reason why TMC believe that aroma can balance, refresh, rejuvenate and enhance human energy and fill up the mind with peace and calmness.