Aromatic essential oils are known to promote physical and emotional well-being. For example, lavender has a balancing and calming effect, chamomile can be helpful for relieving seasonal allergy symptoms and headaches, and sandalwood soothes stress, anxiety, and can help alleviate insomnia. Aromatherapy may be incorporated into any massage for $5.
At Holistic Massage of Hood River, we use high quality doTERRA essential oils. The following is information and history of essential oils from the doTerra website.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.
Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants. Essential oil extracts were used throughout the dark ages in Europe for their anti-bacterial and fragrant properties.
In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burned hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices.
The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate numerous physical and emotional health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Essential oils can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user’s desired experience and benefit. The following are just a few of the essential oils that we use at Holistic Massage of Hood River. For your aromatherapy session you may choose to combine up to 3 individual oils or blends. Your massage therapist can help choose which oils are most appropriate for you if you are unsure.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Known for promoting healthy skin and clear breathing, Cedarwood has a warm, woody, balsamic fragrance that relaxes the mind and body.
• Promotes clear breathing and supports healthy respiratory function
• Helps skin recover quickly
• Has a soothing, grounding effect on the mind and emotions
• Relaxing and calming aroma is perfect for massage therapy
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus radiate)
Because of the many influential compounds found in eucalyptus, it is a key ingredient in cough and throat medicines and chest ointments. Eucalyptus is used widely both for its calming and clearing properties as well as to ease breathing*.
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frereana)
Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses, including relaxation, immune support, and mood enhancement
Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus X paradise)
Grapefruit’s fresh, invigorating aroma is sure to uplift the mood and please the senses. Pressed from the rind, grapefruit is more than just a fresh scent, its cleansing and invigorating properties have made it a favorite among essential oil lovers.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities
Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
Lemongrass has long been used in Asian and Caribbean cooking due to its subtle lemony flavor and aroma. It has been found to support healthy digestion, and soothe aching muscles.
Lime Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia)
With its sharp, citrus smell, Lime is one more essential oil to add to your favorites! Lime’s stimulating and refreshing properties can affect mood, as well as being a powerful aromatic, topical and internal cleanser. Lime is also popular for use on joints and for seasonal bugs
Melaleuca Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Recognized by its more common name “tea tree”, melaleuca has been revered for its cleansing and regenerative properties, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications
Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum vulgare)
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oregano as a cleansing agent as well as for digestive and respiratory support. High in antioxidant activity, oregano contains phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid*.
Sandalwood – Hawaiian (Santalum paniculatum)
From a renewable source in Hawaii, dōTERRA’s amazing Sandalwood oil delivers a variety of benefits including smoothing skin and enhancing moods. With thousands of years of documented use, this oil has a high value to many users.
Wild Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis)
Cold-pressed from the orange peel, wild orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrusy aroma.
Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria procumbens)
Most modern consumers are familiar with the aroma and flavor of wintergreen due to its popularity in candy and chewing gum. Wintergreen essential oil, however, has much more to offer therapeutically, as a soothing agent for aches and pains, for example
AromaTouch® Massage Blend, dōTERRA®’s proprietary blend, combines the therapeutic benefits of oils well-known to relax muscles, calm tension, soothe irritated tissue, increase circulation, smooth and tone. AromaTouch® combines our CPTG® essential oils of basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender in a perfectly relaxing blend which adds many important benefits to various massage techniques.
Balance – Grounding Blend
Everyone experiences moments of disconnectedness or anxiety. The warm, woody aroma of Balance, dōTERRA®’s grounding blend, creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy with fractionated coconut oil to offer an enticing fragrance which promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.
Breathe – Respiratory Blend
Respiratory issues are prevalent in modern society, and dōTERRA® essential oils are a perfect way to ease breathing consistently for a sustained benefit. Breathe is a remarkable blend of CPTG® essential oils which combine to do just that, help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for night time diffusion allowing for restful sleep.
Citrus Bliss – Invigorating Blend
dōTERRA®’s Citrus Bliss invigorating blend merges the benefits of citrus essential oils. We combine the powerful essences of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla to form this unique and harmonious blend. With benefits that extend beyond elevating mood and reducing stress, Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for disinfecting countertops and other surfaces while emitting a fresh sweet scent.
Deep Blue® – Soothing Blend
According to recent studies, more than half of us are sufferers of ongoing discomfort. Deep Blue® is dōTERRA®’s soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus work together to ease achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into the area of discomfort, Deep Blue’s cool therapeutic benefit will be felt almost immediately.
DigestZen® – Digestive Blend
Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend.
Elevation – Joyful Blend
Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of CPTG® essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood blended flawlessly for an immediate and dramatic effect.
PastTense® – Tension Blend
PastTense®, dōTERRA®’s proprietary blend for tension and the discomforts associated with headaches, provides calming comfort with the strength of CPTG® essential oils of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, marjoram, roman chamomile, basil, and rosemary.
Serenity – Calming Blend
Stress is a major contributor to illness and disease, in fact, it is estimated that more than 90% of all visits to health care professionals are related to stress. Serenity is a blend composed of individual oils with known calming properties which create a sense of well-being and relaxation. Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean create a subtle aroma ideal for aromatic diffusion or topical application. Applied to the bottom of the feet at bedtime, dōTERRA®’s Serenity is an excellent way to promote restful sleep.
Slim & Sassy® – Metabolic Blend
dōTERRA®’s Slim & Sassy® Metabolic Blend is a proprietary formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils designed to help manage appetite between meals. Slim & Sassy includes a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. Just add 8 drops to 16 oz. of water (regular size bottle of water) and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood.
Whisper™ – Blend for Women
dōTERRA®’s Whisper is a perfect balance of several CPTG® essential oils unified to impart beauty, femininity, and allure. Containing rose, jasmine, bergamot, cinnamon, cistus, vetiver, ylang ylang, cocoa, vanilla, sandalwood, and patchouli. Whisper’s subtle fragrance, once applied, mingles with your individual scent to enhance the essence that is all your own.