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Aromatherapy - Ireland
What is Aromatherapy ?
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that employs essential oils at very concentrated levels. The oils are plant extracts and are quite often quite aromatic. These essential oils help the producer plant to complete its' lifecycle in some way. For example some aromatic oils in plants help attract insects that aid in pollination. In other cases these plant oils may contribute to the indelibility of the leaves of the plant. Every part of plants can produce these essential oils that can be used in aromatherapy.
There is evidence that plant essences and oils have been used in ancient times in cultures as diverse as Egypt, China and ancient Iran. These ancient forms of aromatherapy have been used for healing, cooking, perfume and embalming. To an extent modern conventional medicine has gone down the road of chemical medicines and antibiotics and knowledge of more traditional and natural healing methods have been ignored somewhat. In recent years there has been a reawakening of interest in traditional cures and healing and the use of Aromatherapy is rising.
Aromatherapy is based upon
the belief that very concentrated essential oils from plants, when absorbed
by the body, aids natural healing of particular ailments and illnesses.
Today aromatherapy is one of the mostly widely used complementary therapies.
Aromatherapists employ essential oils blended in a vegetable oil which
acts as a carrier for the purposes of massage,
bathing and inhalation. The massage techniques complement the healing
effects of the plant oils.
What is Involved in a Aromatherapy Session ?
As already stated, this complementary therapy uses three main aromatherapy techniques of delivery, massage, bathing an inhalation. However there are other techniques such as compresses, hair treatments and scalp tonics, face creams, oils, lotions, flower waters, mouth washes and gargles, internal uses and neat application.
Finding an Aromatherapist in Ireland
Many aromatherapists in Ireland hold a qualification from the International Therapy Examinations Council (ITEC) and others are members of the Register of Qualified Aromatherapists. The Irish and International Aromatherapy Association also has many members.
Irish Representative Body for Aromatherapy
The main representative body for Aromatherapy in Ireland is The Aromatherapy Council of Ireland. Contact details are as follows:
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