Essential oils are volatile, aromatic liquid components of strong smelling plants. These liquids are found in different areas, depending on
the plant. They may be found in petals as with roses, leaves in eucalyptus, sandal wood or bark, fruit (lemon, orange), seeds in black pepper,
roots in sassafras, rhizomes in ginger or resin in pine.
Sometimes, aromatics are found in more than one plant component. Lavender, for example, produces aromatic oils in both its flowers and its
leaves. The orange tree is particularly useful in this respect as it yields aromatic essences from the blossom, leaves and fruit.
Plant produces essential oils not primarily to perfume and enhance the lives of humans, but for their own survival. Some oils may influence
growth and production, some may attract insects or repel predators, and others are for the purpose of protection from disease. Genuine
aromatherapy oils are usually expensive, and the main reason for this is that you need many petals, roots or leaves to produce even a tiny amount
of essential oil. The oils are highly concentrated, you should never use neat aromatherapy oil on the skin, and a little lasts for a long
Modern laboratory analysis has revealed that essential oils have a complex chemistry. They consist of hundreds of different components, many
of which have not yet been fully analyzed.
Healing With Oils
So how can these aromatic oils relieve and soothe arthritis? Over the centuries, it has been discovered that essential oils posses a number of
therapeutic properties. As they are primarily present in the plant for survival purposes, they are all antiseptic. At the same time, some of it
posses anti-viral or anti-inflammatory properties. The oils promote natural healing in the body by stimulating and reinforcing the body’s own
healing mechanism. They act directly on the central nervous system, and different oils have different qualities.
Some essences encourage relaxation, other stimulation. Certain oils have the ability to normalize the body’s symptoms. Garlic, for example,
usually taken in the form of pills rather than as an adjunct to massage, can both raise low blood pressure and reduce high blood pressure.
Essential oils have the ability to ease arthritis on a number of levels. In the first instance, the correct oils can calm inflammation and
lessen pain. They reduce muscle tension, which may add to arthritic pain. Secondly, there is, as with so many complementary treatment, a dramatic
mind body effects, as many oils have the power to help alleviate anxiety, depression and anger.
Although Mme Maury was treating mainly wealthy clients seeking merely rejuvenation, a number started reporting dramatic improvements in their
rheumatic and arthritic pains. These effects lasted weeks or even months after the treatment had finished. One of her outstanding pupils runs a
pioneering aromatherapy clinic in London and has continued her clinician’s work. Essential oils should be extracted from the leaves, petals,
seeds, roots or bark of plants through a process of cold pressing, or steam distillation. No other chemicals or additives should be used in the