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Summer’s end brings frazzled nerves and split ends
by Scott Faber
Article featured in The Comfort News, Volume 108, No 35, Thursday, August 30, 2012, Comfort, TX

Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine that uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds that improve a person’s health or mood and are great for calming, cleansing and healing.

Many consider this type of treatment as unscientific but the scientific evidence of its effectiveness is growing. A recent study showed that aromatherapy makes you feel good and that makes you feel well.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy have a different composition compared to other herbal products because the distillation used in aromatherapy recovers the phytomolecules.

If you have studied and retained general biochemistry you are likely to already know what a phytomolecule is but some of us don’t have an extensive academic background in the sciences and a few others have blissfully allowed themselves to forget the tedious convolutions and complexities of chemistry.

For the purposes of understanding aromatherapy think in terms of the arrangement of electrons which vibrate around atoms in a molecule. Picture a moving energy, the electrons, then visualize phytomolecules as a fluid expression of a plant’s molecular energy and you now know as much as you need to about phytomolecules. These molecules create celluar properties and fragrances that are used in essential oils.

The essential oils stimulate the part of the brain connected to smell, the olfactory system. A signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes brain chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated.

If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect will furthered and in this way essential oils are said to have a direct pharmacological effect.

When applied topically onto the skin they activate thermal receptors and destroy microbes and fungi.

Aromatherapy treatments for the scalp can help stimulate hair growth while also helping with either oily or dry conditions.

Lavender is used for dry scalp cleansing and to tone pores. Lemongrass is excellent for balancing over or under-active oil glands. Rosemary is great for moisturizing dark hair or graying hair. Sandalwood works well for those with eczema.

Aromatherapy treatments are most effective in a private, quiet area. A brief consultation will allow you the opportunity to discuss issues that you may be contending with like fatigue, loss of sleep or anxiety.

During the consultation the desired aroma’s are chosen for what may be ailing you. There are several pressure points on the scalp, neck and shoulders. By massaging these area’s with essential oils, breathing deeply with eyes closed you will achieve a sense of well being.

This treatment can be performed while sitting up in a salon chair or a portable freestanding massage chair. The session usually lasts up to 15 minutes and is followed by hot towels wrapped around the hair and head. This allows steam to open pores for the oils proper absorption into the hair follicle. Most people experience the benefit of feeling relaxed, refreshed or energized with these treatments.

Rather than travel outside of Comfort into the fray of San Antonio or elsewhere for these aroma-therapeutic treatments they are offered locally at Scott & Co. 625 High Street. If you would like to learn more about these treatments, please contact Scott at (830) 995-5965.