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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of plant oils known as `Essential Oils’ to enhance both our emotional & physical wellbeing.
It’s a therapy designed to treat the whole person by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate and heal itself.

What is an Essential Oil?

Essential Oils are liquids distilled from the leaves, flowers, bark, stems, peel and roots of plants.  They change from a liquid to a gas very quickly at room temperature, so we get the beautiful aromas almost immediately.

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Many essential oils are created from plants we are meant to eat ie: rosemary, thyme, peppermint, lemon and orange.  Therefore there is a perfect synergy with our bodies, our wellness and essential oils.

Essential oils protect the plant from environmental stressors and disease. They also transport nutrients and oxygen throughout the plant.  If properly grown and distilled, they capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence” and can do the same things in your body. 

We call them Nature’s Living Energy

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What is Smell or Scent?

It’s a form of communication that creates deep connections to the spiritual, sensual and primal aspects of our beings. It connects us to our culture, ancestry, our tribe & to the natural world of field, forest, sea and desert.

Smell is our most primitive sense, a master player in influencing our everyday lives from the moment we leave our mother’s womb.

Since the beginning of time smell and scent have been critical to our survival.  Smell is our odour detective, giving us valuable information about the world we live in.  From sourcing safe food, warning us of danger, seeking out loved ones, sexual arousal and familiar scents that just comfort and reassure us.

Our intimate relationship between scent and memory is very powerful.  It has the potential to take us back in time, rewinding memories, transporting us to a different era in a split second. Each association with a particular scent becoming a very personal experience.

“Tara Murray, Aromatherapist, Teacher & Healer”

How Can Essential Oils Change the Way We Feel?

Have you ever wondered why the smell of cut grass or baking biscuits sends memories of childhood flooding back?

This is because our sense of smell is more “hard wired” to the brain than any other sense.

When we breathe aromas enter through our nose or skin and travel directly to the brain and amygdala in our limbic system.

The amygdala houses our emotions and stores our memories. It processes emotions such as fear, anger and pleasure.

The limbic system communicates with parts of the brain that control blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.

This is how a scent from an essential oil can have such a profound effect on our physiology and our emotions.

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Now that we know our mind creates powerful connections between scent, our emotions and our memories. 

This means that inhalation & diffusing are powerful choices for using quality oils because as we breathe they enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their wellness benefits


Essential oils are incredibly versatile.
Not only can they be used to uplift our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, they can also be used in many other ways in our life.

The 3 main ways are:

1.  Aromatically

2.  Topically

3.  Flavouring

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Aromatic Application

Rub 1 to 2 drops of essential oil between your palms and inhale slowly & deeply.  Choose an energising oil if you are feeling a bit sluggish or a calming one if you need to relax.

Or put 1 to 2 drops on your wrist and inhale or diffuse in a cold air diffuser. 

Cold air diffusers break the oils down to very fine molecules that float in the air.  When we breathe, they enter our blood stream through our nose and skin.  Here they travel around the body delivering their wellness benefits directly to where they are needed.

Diffuse a relaxing oil like lavender, or our Stress Away blend, to help calm and help you unwind from a busy, stressful day. 

Or if feeling tired, invigorate and stimulate a tired mind by diffusing peppermint or refreshing lemon essential oil.

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Topical Application

 Most essential oils are safe and beneficial to use directly on the skin.  Place 2-3 drops directly on the desired area and massage lightly.

Many essential oils have skin-enhancing benefits and can be applied directly to the skin or added to your existing beauty products. You can also combine them with a carrier oil or your daily moisturiser for easy application.

Dilute with a carrier if you have sensitive skin, for a relaxing aromatic massage, or if the oil is considered a “hot” oil for example Thyme or Clove Oils.

Tired muscles? Overdid it in the garden, or at the gym? Apply a few drops directly to your muscles and joints.

Panaway Blend or Peppermint are soothing for tired achy muscles.

Remember to keep away from your eyes.

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Many of Young Living Essential Oils also belong in your pantry.

Young Living oils are so pure we have 38 oils approved for flavouring or adding to your favourite recipes.

Add 1-2 drops of a “Culinary” oil to flavour your water, tea, yogurt, smoothie or to add a fresh zing to your favourite recipes.

Don’t put essential oils into a plastic water bottle or container.  Essential Oils break down petrochemicals.  Always use glass or stainless steel.

Essential oils are highly concentrated,  for example 1 drop of Peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of Peppermint tea.  Start with 1 drop and build up to taste.

To add to your dishes like your favourite spaghetti sauce.  Put 1-2 drops in a small dish and dip a toothpick into the oil. Stir through your sauce, adding another toothpick dip until you get the required taste.

Important Note: In Australia and New Zealand, Young Living’s Culinary Essential Oils are permitted for use as flavouring under the Food Standard Australia and New Zealand.

Inner Alchemy Massage Training and Aromatherapy Sydney does not advise using other brands of essential oils for this purpose.

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