When you smell something nice, such as an appealing perfume, or a tasty dish being cooked in the kitchen, or fresh cut roses set in a vase full of cold water, does not the smell give you a good feeling inside? These good feelings created by pleasing aromas are the basis for the art of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy harnesses the belief that the scents that a person smells can induce the body to stimulate its ability to heal itself. Depending on the kind of scent or combination of scents that was inhaled or absorbed through the skin, the scent activates the immune system of the body, making it more capable of fighting invading microorganisms that cause disease and boosting it in strength.
To make the body heal and become more resistant to illness, practitioners of aromatics make use of essential oils. These essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants. They often find uses in the making of scented candles, perfume, soap and other beauty products.
Essential oils are very volatile as they evaporate easily and are easily absorbed into the skin. Practitioners of aromatics, however, hardly use essential oils undiluted because these oils are highly concentrated. They can burn and irritate the skin if they come into direct contact with it.
Essential oils are always mixed with what are called carrier oils before they are used. What, now, are carrier oils? Simply put, they are vegetable oils, extracted from certain kinds of fruits, nuts and vegetables. They are called carrier oils because they literally carry the essential oil when mixed and applied onto the skin. We, at Ancient Biblical Oils have chosen to use olive oil for its oleuropein bone health and immune system-building properties as well as its representation of The Ruach haKodesh (the Holy Spirit).
Practitioners of aromatics believe that each kind of essential oil and each kind of carrier oil have their own properties and characteristics. To treat a specific ailment, a specific combination of essential oils and carrier oils need to be used. The mixture is then massaged onto the skin or added to bathwater. Sometimes, it is put into an air diffuser. Consult the Ancient Biblical Oils basic brochure to see a list of the oils provided as well as