Dr. Vickery uses therapeutic aromatherapy both as a stand-alone treatment and as part of acupuncture treatment. Dr. Vickery has found that therapeutic aromatherapy can be a valuable and complementary practice to acupuncture, enhancing the overall therapeutic benefits of the treatment.
Aromatherapy can create a more relaxing and supportive environment, further promoting stress reduction, balance and well-being for the patient.
Therapeutic aromatherapy is a complementary, holistic practice that utilizes the aromatic compounds of essential oils derived from plants to promote well-being and support the body's natural healing processes. It involves using these concentrated oils through inhalation or topical application to enhance physical, emotional, and mental health.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts obtained from various parts of plants, such as flowers, leaves, bark, and roots. These oils contain natural compounds that give them unique fragrances and therapeutic properties. When inhaled or applied to the skin, these aromatic molecules interact with the body in several ways.
Therapeutic aromatherapy should be practiced with caution and under the guidance of a trained professional, especially for individuals with specific health conditions, allergies, or sensitivities. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances; incorrect use or excessive amounts can cause adverse reactions.
Inhalation is perhaps the most common method of using essential oils in aromatherapy.
This can be done through diffusers, steam inhalation, or inhaling the scent directly from the bottle.
When we inhale essential oils, the aroma molecules stimulate the olfactory system in our nose, which then sends signals to the brain's limbic system. The limbic system is involved in regulating emotions, memory, and hormonal responses. The interaction between the aromatic molecules and the limbic system can influence our mood, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and even improve cognitive function.
Essential oils are diluted in carrier oils like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil before being applied to the skin and left to soak in. When applied topically, the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream. They can exert their therapeutic effects locally or throughout the body.
Depending on the specific essential oil used, topical application can help relieve muscle tension, support the immune system, soothe skin conditions, and alleviate headaches, among many other potential benefits.
Essential oils can be added to massage oils or lotions to enhance the massage experience, or they may be crafted into liniments for specific conditions, such as sore muscles, sprains, strains or bruising.
The combined benefits of the massage techniques and the absorbed essential oils can work synergistically to promote physical relaxation, ease muscle tension, and provide a heightened sense of well-being.
The aromas of essential oils can help evoke positive emotions, alleviate stress, and create a calming atmosphere. When combined with the physical benefits of massage, such as increased circulation, muscle relaxation, and pain relief, aromatherapy can contribute to a more holistic and rejuvenating experience.