Aromatherapy is defined as the controlled use of essential oils to treat and promote physical and psychological wellbeing. Aromatherapy oils are incorporated with most of the treatments offered by Matrika to each client, enhancing the effectiveness of each treatment.
Many cultures from early Eastern civilisation to Egyptians have used the medicinal properties in plants as their traditional method of healing.
Essential oils are extracted from the roots, flowers, leaves and stalks of plants as well as certain trees. For example Eucalyptus oil is found in oil sacs within the leaf, while Peppermint is found in glands on the surface of the leaf. Understanding the effects of each essential oil forms a crucial part of an aroma therapists training.
The essential oils are pure natural extracts capturing the potency of the plants from which they are distilled. Blending one or more of these oils with nourishing plant oils, such as sweet almond or grape seed oil, forms a base for treatment, to help soothe the mind, ease aches and pains and help restore natural energy as part of the treatment.
The application of the essential oils as part of a treatment helps to promote the flow of blood and lymph, soothe tension and increase vitality.
During an aromatherapy treatment, the molecules of the essential oils exert an influence both through their inhalation and application.
These molecules are small enough to work through cutaneous absorption.
Once absorbed through the skins surface they travel to the dermis; the layer of the skin that is served by capillaries. Here the molecules enter the blood circulation.
After consultation, a personal blend of oils will be used to treat the individual depending on the symptoms presented; this blend may also be given to use as aftercare at home to continue the effectiveness of the treatment if appropriate.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Combined with other therapeutic treatments it helps to manage:
“To reach the individual we need an individual remedy. Each of us is a unique message. It is only the unique remedy that will suffice. We must, therefore, seek odiferous substances which present affinities with the human being we intend to treat, those which will compensate for his deficiencies and those which will make his faculties blossom.”
The Secret of Life and Youth