Why is Aromatherapy effective?

Today I would like to bring your attention once again to the potency of Aromatherapy. If you haven’t read the interview with psychiatrist Ihuaku Ndukwe on the subject, you may want to take a look at it now. You may also want to read the relationship between Aromatherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or what Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s has to say about it. And here’s an excerpt from The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity by Daniel Reid:

“The tissues that assimilate the negative ion energy of chee from air during breathing are located in the lining of the nasal cavities and sinuses, which is why inhalation must always be through the nose in breathing exercises. Though skin and lungs also absorb small amounts of chee, when it comes to detecting and extracting the bionic energy carried in air, “the nose knows best”. For example, the nose is sensitive enough to catch the scent of a rose all the way across a garden and distinguish its bouquet from that of a carnation. That’s because scent is chee and has bioactive properties when whiffed through the nose’s sensitive olfactory terminals.

The bioactive energy of scent and the nose’s ability to absorb it for therapeutic benefits are proved by the efficacy of aromatherapy, which has been used for millennia throughout Asia to cure disease. Medieval Arab physicians noted the potent medicinal properties of scents when they observed that perfumers and incense makers rarely suffered the ravages of cholera and other plagues that regularly swept through the Middle East. Aromatherapy uses the essential oils of certain fragrant plants to cure specific ailments by exposing aromas in volatile form to the olfactory nerves, which are directly linked to the brain and the energy meridians. These essential oils are secreted in plants by special glands in the roots, stems, leaves and flowers. Botanists compare these secretions to the hormones secreted in animals.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic states that “essence transforms into energy”. In other words, when the essential oils of aromatic plants are permitted to evaporate into the air, they release their energy as fragrance, and this energy is absorbed by the olfactory nerves when a waft of fragrance enters the nose. Aromatherapy works only with scents derived from natural living sources, such as flowers, seeds, and roots. Synthetic scents have “smell” but no energy, and any sensitive nose can readily tell the difference. In 1960, the French medical journal L’Hôpital published an article on aromatherapy by Dr. K. Valent, in which he explains this mechanism:

“Carried by the bloodstream, the ionized plant aroma impregnates every corner of the body, powerfully revitalizes the polarized and discharged cells, replenishes electronic shortages by recharching the bioelectromagnetic batteries and disperses cellulsr residue by dissolving the viscous and diseased substances of body fluids. It oxidizes poisonous metabolic waste products, increases energy balance, frees the mechanism of organic oxidation and of self-regulation, and reaches the lungs and kidneys, whence it is excreted or exhaled without trace.”

That’s a fancy way of saying that natural aromas carry a potent, concentrated charge of bioelectrical energy that enters the body through the lining of the nose and quickly exerts powerful therapeutic effects on all cells and tissues. An obvious example of this is smelling salts: a mere whiff of this powerful aromatic agent instantly revives the faint by jolting the brain with a strong pulse of bioenergy absorbed directly through the nose.

Thus we begin to realize the importance of the nose in correct breathing and energy balance and the importance of air as a source of vital bioenergy.”

This excerpt is quite clear explaining how come Aromatherapy can take us a long way. In Skin at Heart you can find several posts on how Aromatherapy works and how you can use essential oils to promote health and wellness.

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