Aromatherapy essential oils for addiction are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. The oils are found in different parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves, and bark, or in the rind of the fruit. For example, roses it is found in the flowers, in basil, it is in leaves, sandalwood in the wood, and so on.
Essential oils have numerous uses but one of the most popular today is aromatherapy. Each of the organic essential oils used in aromatherapy can be used either alone or in combination to create a desired effect. Before using pure essential oils as part of an aromatherapy treatment, it is important to understand the effect that the oil(s) have, and how aromatherapy works.
Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to promote healing of the body and the mind. The methods used to extract the oils are time consuming, expensive and require a high degree of expertise. Organic essential oils can be extracted using a variety of methods, although some are not commonly used today. Currently, the most popular method for extraction is steam distillation. To extract the essential oil, the plant material is placed into a still (very similar to a pressure cooker) where pressurized steam passes through the plant material. The heat from the steam causes globules of oil in the plant to burst and the oil then evaporates. The essential oil vapor and the steam then pass out the top of the still into a water cooled pipe where the vapors are condensed back to liquids. At this point, the essential oil separates from the water and floats to the top. This is a process best left to professionals.
Did you realize that it takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoonfuls of oil? Did you know that it takes more than 8 million jasmine flowers to produce just 2 pounds of jasmine essential oil? Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils are expensive but they are also highly effective. Only a few drops at a time are required to achieve desired effects. Diffuse these oils in electric or tea light oil burners.
How Essential Oils Work
Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as “olfaction”. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or “limbic system”. The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing, and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil along with the fragrance and its effects determine stimulation of these systems.
When essential oils are used in massage oils, they are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. Since essential oils have differing rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours, it is not recommended to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum absorption and effectiveness.
Different essential oils produce different effects on the nervous system such as energizing, calming, soothing, headache reliever, balancing, insomnia, etc. Let’s look specifically at the oils that are noted to promote reducing stress.