Table of Contents
- What is Aromatherapy?
- How Aromatherapy Works
- History of Aromatherapy
- Benefits of Aromatherapy
- Holistic Nursing
- Spiritual Healing
- What is Reiki?
- History of Reiki
- Reiki Improve the Quality of life
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy or Essential Oil Therapy is a holistic healing treatment. Natural plant extracts promote physical and emotional health through this treatment. It is also used in a holistic way to improve the mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is a great invention of art and pseudoscience. This all started a thousand years ago and is used as natural healing powers for psychological and physical well-being. The use of essential oils is found in Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese.
Photo: Aroma Oils
How Aromatherapy Works
Sensors like everything else in the world are made of molecules. Different molecules have different scents. When anyone inhales the scent of a rose he/she is actually inhaling molecules the rose releases into the air. These molecules travel up in the nose and get stuck to olfactory membranes which contain highly specialized nerve endings called olfactory receptors. Once these nerves recognize a particular scent molecule they send a signal to your olfactory bulb which signals the cortex and limbic system. Next hormones and neurochemicals are released. Different hormones and neural chemicals create different reactions in the human body. So if a rose reminds us of romance, we are going to be flooded with romantic thoughts, or if lavender relaxes us our body is filled with relaxing hormones.
Aromatherapy does affect the body in a comprehensive holistic way. Healing, hormones, and emotional responses are all influenced for the better.
History of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is not a new-age phenomenon. People have used aromatic plants, flowers, herbs, and oils since before recorded history. The question may arise – how old the art and science of aromatic therapy is? Early evidence of the use of plants in the treatment of humans dates back to about 20,000 years ago. Paleolithic peoples and Pascal France created cave paintings, depicting herbal aromatic medicines. 5000 years ago, ancient Egyptians were using aromatic substances like myrrh, frankincense, cinnamon, and juniper for infant’s perfume and medicine.
Explorers even found a jar of what they think was ancient Egyptian perfume in the tomb of Tutankhamen in the 1920s. It still smells faintly sweet when they opened it and it turned out to contain frankincense and spikenard. Scented oils especially had an excellent use in Egyptian mummification. Oils have been used in the embalming process to preserve the dead bodies and ward off the stench of decay around the same time in China. Huandi the legendary Yellow Emperor wrote the famous book Yellow Emperor’s classic of internal medicine. It contains the properties and medical uses for over 300 different plants and remains referenced by practitioners. Today the Chinese are the primary contributors in expanding the utilization of oils into other areas of other medicine like Acupressure. They also have some techniques to use aromatic oils as massage therapy and these are very much popular today.
The ancient Romans and Greeks were crazy for aromatics. They used aromatic oils for healing, homecare, body care, and beauty. Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, was a great believer in the power of aromatic massage and baths. He was aware of the medicinal benefits of plants and urged the burning of aromatic herbs to combat the plague in Athens. A prominent Greek physician wrote a book in five volumes containing a treasure trove of information about aromatherapy and healing. That book has over 600 entries of different natural remedies. Many of these recipes are still popular today. Around 1000 AD, the Persians were making great strides within the arts and sciences. The Persian alchemists and healer Avicenna developed a way for distilling essential oils and this is often when the art of aromatherapy as we know it began to take shape. Modern distillers in the Middle East still like the process of these ancient distillation methods and they are still using those processes with very little variation and may produce excellent quality essential oils. In 1910, the French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé was working within the labs of his family-owned cosmetics firm when he badly burned his hand. He frantically plunged his hand to a nearby tub of liquid which turned out to be a lavender essential oil. He only applied the essential oil after his burn and he found how quickly and completely his wound healed with this lavender oil blue.
Photo: History of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy remained a sort of quiet background while Western science-based medicine took the spotlight but lately aromatherapy is getting more and more attention. Research can now prove that there is real science behind these ancient remedies and that plants have potent healing powers. Now, aromatherapy is being used in clinics, hospitals, beauty products, offices,
and homes all over the world.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aroma therapy is used through a variety of products such as aroma spritzers, diffusers, and inhalers, bathing salts, body oils, lotions, facial steamers, clay masks and hot and cold compresses. There are already hundreds of aroma oil products available in the market. Benefits of aromatherapy are –
1. Improve sleep quality
2. Reduce agitation, and anxiety
3. Treat headaches and migraines
4. Fight bacteria, fungus or virus
5. Boost immunity
6. Pain management
Holistic nursing focuses on the facilitation of healing the patient’s mind, body, and spirit. Although many certified holistic nurses do use integrative healing therapies that do not define or establish a holistic nursing practice. In holistic nursing, the focus is always on helping people to heal and achieve a state of balance and maximal well-being. Holistic nursing is not population dependent but rather it is based on the nurse’s philosophy which guides their practice. The nurse facilitates health wellness and well-being and plans interventions and care that integrates the patient’s or client’s mind, body, and spirit.
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Holistic nursing is grounded within the nurse’s frame of reference and philosophy, not their ability or expertise in modality. It is how they show up, not the tasks they do. It is what they think that guides their practice that makes them holistic. It does not focus on attaining the expertise of alternative therapies such as massage therapy, aromatherapy, healing touch, energy healing, etc. If, you do not know aromatherapy, massage therapy, and energy healing, you can read them here. #aromatherapy
Spiritual healing is not associated with any particular religion. It is not working like ‘faith healing. Spiritual healing or energy healing whatever you want to call it, this alternative medicine system is used to heal all. The word ‘spiritual’ comes from ‘spiritus’ which is a Latin word and the meaning is ‘breath of life’ and the spiritual aspect refers to spiritual energy working at a deep level on our spiritual being. The transfer of energy involves the healing power; in other words, it is not from the healer him or herself, but the healer links with ‘Universal’ or Divine energy to channel healing for the body, mind and spirit. In this article, we will discuss Reiki as a spiritual healing system.
Photo: Spiritual Healing
What is Reiki?
Reiki, is a Japanese form of alternative medicine. Reiki is also considered an energy healing system. It is creating an environment of comfort and support where people want to go. It is considered as a relaxation technique that helps to balance the body, reduces stress, and helps in the healing process. A practitioner shares Reiki directly during sessions through human touch.
Photo: Reiki Symbol
Reiki quite literally means universal life energy. “Rei” is universal life and “Ki” which is energy or light or has the same meaning as “Qi” (Chi). Reiki is a Japanese healing process that is transformed from Chinese Qigong. Reiki and Tai Chi or Qigong share the same perspective. If you do not have any idea about Tai Chi and Qigong, you can read this article here which explains to you about them and how they are also related to Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. #Taichi,Qigong and TCM
History of Reiki
Mikao Usui is considered the promoter of Reiki. He used Reiki as an alternative medicine treatment and alternative medicine therapy for the treatment of physical and mental diseases in a spiritual way. It is found that he tried to spread his knowledge and system of Reiki to more than two thousand people during his lifetime.
Reiki Improve the Quality of life
Reiki can help anyone to transform their life for the better. Hayden Crawford is a Reiki Master and according to him, there are 10 facts about how Reiki that improves our life.
1. Harnesses Life Force Energy
Reiki harnesses its life force energy. It is a way of accessing concentrated life force energy and then projecting it onto a living organism. Now, this can be either, a human, an animal, a fish, a bird, a plant, or even water. What it does flows through all living things rebalancing and restoring the emotions.
2. Restores Equilibrium
Reiki restores equilibrium. Naturally it encompasses all levels of intelligently and existence restores balance. Now during the treatment, the recipient will absorb this beautiful energy whilst the Reiki master becomes a channel for the energy to flow. It leaves both parties feeling rebalanced, restored, rejuvenated, and uplifted.
3. Reiki cannot be lost
Reiki practitioners will have this beautiful sublime energy flowing through their hands until the day that they die even if they do not use it for a long period they have got the luxury to be able to work on themselves as well as other people. So they can always feel rejuvenated and in control.
4. Reiki is intelligent
According to a Reiki Master, it knows exactly where to go to be able to start the rebalancing process. So therefore it can never be harmful or misused. It streams into the weakest parts of the subtle bodies and amplifies them with positive energy and then it cleanses the aurochs system of any negative thoughts or feelings which helps the body to perform at the optimum level.
5. Five Reiki principles
These Reiki principles are beneficial to understand. They are a way of inviting in more happiness and enhancing well-being. Now they can be used as a mantra twice a day to be able to remind us of the simplicity of life. This is what they do –
a) Let go of worry
b) Get rid of anger
c) Thanks to all blessings
d) Work with honesty
e) Be kind to neighbors and all living beings.
6. Connects Energetic System
Reiki will reconnect the energetic systems of the body. Now, this beautiful life force energy will flow through the physical body via spinning vortices known as the ‘chakras’ but it will work on the meridians and the ORAC system as well. The cells and organs of the body are replenished by this vital life force energy but when they are disturbed they can deplete our energy levels and the body can fall sick very quickly.
7. Correlate to Thoughts and Feelings
Reiki is used to correlate thoughts and feelings. So, if anyone has developed some negative beliefs about themselves over a long period, they go out into the outer causal bodies and they get stuck there over a long time. They can seriously affect the functioning of our vital organs. That is why one must constantly analyze what his beliefs are in the world so that he can replace them with much more optimistic ones. So that he can release all of that is being held back.
8. Brain Waves Synchronize
Reiki treatment gives the practitioner access to the universal magnetic field which enhances the biomagnetic response through the hands and enables them to channel. This universal life force is up to a thousand times stronger than if they were not connected to it. Imagine the impact that this has on the recipient’s mental, emotional and physical well-being.
9. Reduces Pain
Reiki can reduce pain now, one of the first things that anyone might notice after a Reiki treatment. A lot of patients claim that they lead a more comfortable life after a Reiki treatment.
10. Induces various experiences
Reiki can induce all sorts of different experiences. Some people see vivid colors, others feel that their body is floating or as heavy as lead, some people can experience an emotional release through either joy or grief. Others might even receive a message from their loved ones in spirit or via the Ministry of Angels.
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