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AROMATHERAPY

"To reach the individual we need an individual remedy. Each of us is a unique message. It is only the unique remedy that will suffice. We must, therefore, seek odiferous substances which present affinities with the human being we intend to treat, those which will compensate for his deficiences and those which will make his faculties blossom."

Marguerite Maury. "The Secret if Life and Youth".

 

Aromatherapy is a multifaceted healing art, which uses the essential oils of plant and trees to promote health of body and serenity of mind. Although the roots of this beautiful therapy are ancient, I have set out to prove that the basic principles on which aromatherapy is based are no less valid today.

Aromatic plants have been used by humankind since the dawn of history. There is evidence that over some 3,000 years ago, the Ancient Sumarians made use of the scented herbs such as cypress and myrrh, while in the 1870's George Ebers discovered a 21 metre scroll of papyrus that listed over 850 Ancient Egyptian botancial remedies, dating from about 1500 BC.

Ancient Greek Physicians such as Hippocrates and Galen interpreted the microcosm of the human being according to the Elements of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air, while the masters of the Chinese tradition saw five elements at work. In either case, they employed a rich and varied language of Nature - not to describe their observations as fixed phenomena, but like the physicists of today, to use these concepts to expose the dynamic force that masquerades as matter.

Aromatherapy also has a few intriguing diversions, such as the art of natural perfumery, the making of cosmetic lotions and potions, and an exploration of sensual aromatherapy - for those wishing to enhance their love life through the alchemy of fragrance and the magic of touch.

Practices such as these were the beginnings of a tradition that embraced not one but several civilizations, and developed hand-in-hand with systems of science and medicine that were based on both empirical knowledge and informed intuition.

By applying traditional wisdom to aromatherapy, we can avail ourselves of a corpus of knowledge that is both immediate and profound, practical and intuitive. And through contributing to the synthesis of East and West, we can expand our awareness both of the human spirit and the plant essence.

 

 

The Elemental Table:

(Based on the Chinese Traditional Chart)

WATER:

WOOD:

FIRE:

EARTH:

METAL:

YIN/YANG PHASE

Condensed yin

Rising yang

Radiant yang

Descending yin

Gathering yin

SEASON

Winter

Spring

Summer

Late Summer

Autumn

TIME OF DAY

Night

Morning

Midday

Afternoon

Evening

COLOUR

Blue/Black

Green

Red

Yellow

White

LIFE FUNCTIONS

Procreation Survival

Evolution & Adaptation, Movement & Growth

Self-realisation, idealisation & fulfilment

Concretisation nourishment

Transmutation & Sythesis Interchange

BODILY ORGANS

Kidneys & Bladder

Liver & Gall Bladder

Heart & Pericardium

Spleen-Pancreas & Stomach

Lungs & Large Intestines

SPIRIT

Will (Zhi)

Ethereal Soul (Hun)

Mind (Shen)

Intellect (Yi)

Bodily Soul (P'o)

BODILY TISSUES

Bones

Tendons & Ligaments

Blood Vessels

Muscles

Skin

SENSE ORGANS

Ears

Eyes

Tongue

Mouth

Nose

BODILY MANIFESTATION

Head Hair

Nails

Complexion

Lips

Body Hair

SOUND OF VOICE

Groaning

Shouting

Laughing

Singing

Weeping

FUNCT. MAIN ORGAN

-Stores the genetic essence (Jing)

-Controls Water

-Ensure smooth flow of Qi and blood

-Stores the blood

-Houses the Mind (Shen)

-Governs the blood

-Transforms & transports Qi

-Controls the blood

-Governs Qi & respiration

-Distributes Qi & bodily fluids

ROOT EMOTION

Fear

Anger

Joy

Reflection

Grief

PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS

Will-power, stamina, ingenuity

Purpose, foresight, adaptability

Awareness, self-identity, harmony and love

Concentration, cognition, sympathy

Boundary, instinct, interaction

IN HARMONY

Determined, resourceful, wise

Motivated, well-organised, easy-going

Sensitive, well-integrated, joyful

Attentive, thoughtful, supportive

Communicative, vital, positive

IN DISHARMONY

Apathetic, unconfident, apprahensive, restless, driven, insecure

Tense, frustrated, angry, rigid, repressive, compulsive

Nervous, anxious, agitated, hepersensitive, despondent, lacks self esteem

Vague, confused, worries, over-protective, dependent, self-doubting

Melancholic, regretful, pessimistic, vulnerable, unresponsive, remote

HIGHEST EXPRESSION

Wisdom

Compassion

Love

Empathy

Reverence

ESSENTIAL OILS

(These oils listed here are the PARENT OILS preferred by the traditional methods)

Cedarwood, geranium, ginger, juniper berry, thyme,

Bergamot, chamamile, everlasting, grapefruit, sweet orange, yarrow,

Jasmine, laurel, lavender, melissa, neroli, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, spikenard, ylang ylang,

Benzoin, cardamom, coriander seed, fennel, freankincense, lemon, sweet marjoram, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sandalwood, vetiver,

Cypress, clary sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, pine, tea tree, thyme,

ESSENTIAL OILS

(these oils listed here are oils that can be added to the parent oils listed above)

(caraway, cypress, jasmine, sandalwood, vetiver)

(lavender, melissa, neroli, peppermint, spikenard)

(coriander seed, ginger, lemon, patchouli, tea tree)

(geranium, grapefruit)

(frankincense, juniper berry, sweet marjoram, myrrh, yarrow)

 

 

For more, in depth information and a full explanation of the role of Aromatherapy in healing, and how to choose and use them, make sure you go to and click on the link below. It will open your eyes to the wonderful of aromatherapy, which ancient civilizations tried and tested, and struggled to bring to us today.

I.F.A