You’ll notice from our website that aromatherapy is a part of your massage unless otherwise requested. We have a diffuser with essential oils in it mixed for your massage.
Essential oils are not just room perfume. Of course, there are some mixtures that you can buy for little money that are labeled “essential oil,” but this is misleading; they really are room perfume with as many chemicals in them as an air freshener, if you read the label.
Good essential oils are therapeutic. Before modern pharmaceuticals, people relied upon the medicinal properties of various plants to heal them. Some of these ancient remedies are so potent that they kill MRSA, a deadly bacterial disease resistant to modern antibiotics. During the plague that decimated medieval Europe, the town of Bucklersbury was curiously spared, and researchers have determined that it was because of lavender they grew and processed for export. In fact, thieves from a perfumery town rubbed themselves down with various essential oils in a suspension of vinegar and garlic and proceeded to pilfer from those who died from the plague without ever contracting the disease. When caught and called before their frightened king eager to know how to protect himself against the plague, they revealed their recipe. Today, researches have discovered that these ancient combinations of oils protect against all kinds of diseases, including typhoid and cholera.
Because essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant, it’s important that the plants from which they come are grown without toxic chemicals in order for them to be truly therapeutic. That’s why you need to consider the plant sources of your essential oils. That’s also why they’re expensive. In fact, of the gifts the magi brought the baby Jesus, the myrrh and frankincense were more valuable than the gold. The reason why is the same reason why good perfume is so expensive: it takes a lot of the best plants, responsibly grown, to make just one 5 ml bottle of an essential oil, which is about the size of your thumb. The parts of the plants that are used to create the oils are steam distilled or, in the case of citrus oils, cold pressed. It takes many, many plants to produce just a little essential oil. For example, it takes 8,000-10,000 roses to produce a 5 ml bottle of essential rose oil. If you buy this oil from a company that works with local growers who do not use a toxic soup of pesticides or fertilizers (which means fewer, smaller plants that are totally natural) and pay them a living wage under good working conditions, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/13/us/behind-roses-beauty-poor-and-ill-workers.html you will pay almost $250 for that little bottle of oil. In addition, a good essential oil company tests the quality of its products using an independent third party beyond that of the growers and company. This is important because anyone can slap a label on almost any oil and call it natural and/or organic according to FDA standards. Companies committed to rigorous purity standards, though, produce essential oils that can be ingested, as well as diffused, so that they can be used as the powerful medicines that they are. Essential oils can also be used directly on the body, usually with a carrier oil, to for a more therapeutic effect, which is why we sometimes use them in your massage. Indeed, essential oils have molecules so small and refined that, unlike most medicines, they pass through the blood brain barrier.
Essential oils are powerful healing agents, and that’s why we use only the best,. We’re committed to giving you the best, most natural way for your body to heal. If you’re interested in learning how to use essential oils for yourself , give Teresa a call at 412-818-2333.