Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Oils may be applied to stimulate healing in both humans and animals. They may also be applied to maintain existing health, promoting wellness and optimal well-being physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Essential Oils are extracts from the plant fluids that maintain plant life. These fluids and resins move through the plant's circulatory system in the leaves, stems, roots, and flowers, carrying nutrition to the plant cells and carrying waste products out, just as human blood functions in the body. Because essential oils are composed of the tiniest of organic molecules they can pass through cell walls and membranes delivering therapeutic benefits, not only to the plants that create them, but to people as well. They are God's natural medicine and have been recognized and used by humans for over 5,000 years that we know of. Essential oils are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible and were used by Moses, Aaron, Mary and Joseph. Jesus also received and used them, teaching his disciples to anoint the sick with oil and heal them. (Mark 6:12-13).
Aromatherapists apply essential oils in several ways. They can be inhaled, where the molecules of oil enter the blood stream via the lungs and travel to the organs and tissues of the body where they can administer their benefits. In some cases they can also be taken orally. Most commonly they are rubbed directly on the skin, usually the feet or the back, and are often diluted with a natural carrier oil, such as olive, almond, or grape seed. In all cases, the small essential oil molecules penetrate into the body and assist in obtaining a balance that can lead to strength and health.
Carrier oils, which are used to dilute the powerfully concentrated essential oils, are the fatty oils we like to eat. Corn, Peanut, and Olive oils are examples. Food oils are not essential oils. They are produced in the seeds of plants where they stay and do not circulate. They do not circulate because they are composed of large molecules that cannot easily penetrate tissues. Neither are they aromatic. God created the food oils, not only for us to eat as humans, but also as food for the young, germinating plant. Plants have to create their own food. In order to do so they must have roots, stems and leaves. But when a seed is first planted, there are no roots, stems and leaves. So God provided a drop of fatty oil in the seed to nourish the budding plant until it can capture the sunlight and rain and make its own food.
Raindrop technique is a method of applying a variety of essential oils to the feet and back that may bring many benefits to the receiver.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy have many advantages over many other modes of healing, such as pharamaceuticals. To learn more about the benefits of essential oils and how they can enrich your life, check out the books, videos, and training seminars offered by CARE.