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What is Aromatherapy?

As an aromatherapist, I often get asked, “What exactly is aromatherapy?”


Aromatherapy is a branch of plant therapy, just as is herbalism, homeopathy, flower remedies, and many other holistic medicines. Aromatherapy is holistic, concerning itself with the whole of the person and attempting to create balance for the whole body using what I believe God has given in the earth for healing.


In Genesis 1:29 God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (nourishment, healing, well-being).


Aromatherapy, in the truest sense of the word, is the use of 100% natural, whole, unadulterated, aromatic essences obtained from specific botanical sources, such as trees, seeds, fruits, flowers, etc... These essences may be pure essential oils, the non-water-soluble, volatile, aromatic compounds found in flowers, leaves branches, seeds, roots, barks, resins, and fruits obtained by gentle steam distillation. They may also be the expressed oils found in the rinds of citrus fruits like lemon, orange, bergamot, and grapefruit, which are gathered by squeezing the oil from the peel.


Aromatherapy also involves the use of the nonvolatile fatty oils (carrier oils) found in avocados, sesame seeds, grape seeds, olives, and other exotic oils such as rosehip, and more.


Last but not least, aromatherapy uses hydrosols, the aromatic waters co-produced during the steam distillation of essential oils.


What aromatherapy is not is the use of synthetic substances such as perfumes and fragrance oils. Aromatherapy products are not made in a plant (factory), but in a PLANT (a living, growing, God-giving plant).


Many products on the market today on shelves of pharmacies, department stores, cosmetic suppliers, spas, and even health food stores are NOT true aromatherapy. Many may contain ingredients linked to, or suspected of causing, serious health problems and allergic reactions, yet the label may call them aromatherapy all the same.


At Crafty Kim’s Corner & Aromatherapy we never use synthetic substance such as preservatives, dyes, perfumes, or fragrance oils. I know some try and find products that are “pretty or attractive”. Some colors and fragrances cannot be achieved naturally, my goal is to keep my products as pure as possible. I am certified so you can rest assured that your product is crafted and blended by a certified aromatherapist.


As a certified aromatherapist, I practice healing through essential oils and herbs, to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. These concentrated plant extracts are often inhaled, applied internally through teas and tinctures, or applied to the skin with carrier oils and essential oils, or used in diffusers to stimulate various therapeutic effects.


If you want to learn more about how aromatherapy can help you call or text to set up a consultation. Thank you for your support!

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