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VedAroma Essential Oils - the 'soul of plants' nourishes the soul of man
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4 March 2009
Patients seeking treatment of chronic and acute disorders can now look forward to a very pleasant experience. VedAroma Essential Oil Therapy, a new modality offered in Maharishi Ayur Veda clinics and health spas around the world, is designed to enliven the body's inner intelligence and restore wholeness and balance to body and mind using the essence of aromatic plants.
Beginning in 1982, under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, the programme's development represents the revival of the complete knowledge of Vedic Aromatherapy, an aspect of Maharishi Vedic Medicine.
Dr Rosie Geelvink, an expert and primary participant in this development, has researched the properties and applications of essential oils, and their use according to traditional medicine throughout the ages. Now a faculty member of Maharishi University of Vedic Medicine in Switzerland, Dr Geelvink trains healthcare providers in aromatherapy as one of the twenty aspects of Maharishi Ayur-Veda—the most complete system of natural healthcare.
Aromatherapy is the skilled and controlled use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils—the volatile substances of aromatic plants—to promote holistic psychological and physical health and well-being. Says Dr Geelvink, 'These very powerful substances are absorbed through cell membranes, cross the blood-brain barrier, and bind to specific receptors in the brain. Essential oils uplift, calm, revitalize, inspire, and improve appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, creativity, self confidence, and bliss.'
The Maharishi VedAroma facility in Algeria produces these essential oils from plants and flowers supplied by small organic farms worldwide. Only the purest, highest quality, certified organic and wild-harvested plants are used.
The essential oil—'the essence', 'life-force', or 'soul' of the plant—is present in tiny globules, and is obtained primarily by steam distillation. 'The average yield is 1.4 per cent,' says Dr Geelvink—that's about 70 kg of plant material to produce one kg of essential oil. Various plants produce different amounts of oil. One kg of lavender oil requires 160 kg of wild lavender blossoms, while 6000 kg of rose petals are needed to produce one kg of essential rose oil.
Not only is it important to use the highest quality plant material, but the process of extraction is crucial. If distilled too quickly or at a high temperature, many of the precious elements are lost. Said Dr Geelvink, 'Slow distillation, at low temperature and low pressure, ensures maximum organic compounds and therapeutic effect.'
She continued, 'Most essential oils on the market do not match the quality of VedAroma oils because of the cost and time to produce. Less expensive brands don't have the same biological and chemical properties. This is crucial because of the fine process of the chemicals going into our physiological receptors.'
Trained therapists with scientific and practical experience in the use of essential oils can help treat acute disorders. But professional use is not the only way to gain the healing benefits—VedAroma oils can also be used as natural perfumes, in aroma micro-diffusers, massage, bath, inhalation, and chest wraps, to enliven the body's self-healing mechanisms, Dr Geelvink said.
See www.Vedaroma.com for more information. Inquiries about VedAroma treatments can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In coming days, Global Good News articles will cover the physiological process and scientific studies of essential oil therapy, as well as professional training.
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