Although the fragrance of an essential oil might be what originally attracts one to it, essential oils have therapeutic properties, for example a particular oil may have antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects. Whilst a certain percentage of the volatile properties are absorbed through inhalation (via the olfactory nerve) the greater proportion of essential oil molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Therapeutic aromatherapists, through their knowledge of the properties of the essential oils, are able to select the correct essential oils to blend with carrier oils in order to meet the needs of individuals and effectively treat their conditions.
The aim of an aromatherapy massage is to aid the essential oil penetration, relax the body and to improve the function of the circulatory and lymphatic systems. The essential oils are carried through the circulatory system to all the cells and organs of the body. Each organ takes only the components it needs from the essential oils, and the balance is discarded through the elimination systems. Through this improved blood supply, nerve impulses are unblocked, stress and tension are relieved and toxic wastes are eliminated. This assists the natural balance (equilibrium) to be restored, thus allowing the body to use its natural healing potential.
The public needs to be aware that therapeutic aromatherapists are obliged to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South At www.ahpcsa.co.za