The Atlanta Olympics have come and gone. We have a few years to wait until we get to see the finest athletes in the world gather again way Down Under in 2000. But Americans are no longer satisfied to just watch the best - in ever increasing numbers we try to do our best. Exercise for fitness and fun is now an integral part of the American way of life. Unless you continue to walk around the block as slowly as I do, there is every chance that some muscular pain will be an integral part of that exercise. There is a growing body of opinion that nature has provided us with an excellent way to help counter this natural pain with aromatherapy.

What is aromatherapy ?

Simply put, aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from naturally distilled plant essences. The healing effect of the fragrance or touch of these oils was well know to the Egyptians over 5,000 years ago. It was a key ingredient in their cosmetics and widely used as a healing medicine. At the other end of the world, the Australian Aborigines have long known that their native tea tree oil is the strongest natural antiseptic. It is no accident that our images from the ancient Greek Games include heavily oiled athletes. It is now generally accepted that these essential oils possess the beneficial qualities that have been claimed for so long. They can increasingly widely be found in modern cosmetics and lotions. The renewal of interest in aromatherapy in modern times can be credited to the work of a French chemist and perfumer, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. He burned his hand working in his laboratory and plunged it into the nearest liquid, which happened to be a bowl of lavender oil. He noticed that his hand healed quickly and without much scarring. He dedicated the rest of his life to researching the therapeutic aspects of essential oils. His studies helped revive this ancient, nearly forgotten healing art.

How does it work ?

Inhaling these natural essences stimulates the neurons of the brain, activating the body’s own healing capabilities to restore the balance of body, mind and emotions. Each essential oil has its own unique properties and benefits and can be used alone, or in combination with other oils, to help combat natural pain. The cause of muscular pain can range from simply a high level of exercise, over exertion or a failure to warm up or cool down . The muscular discomfort felt functions as a warning signal to your body, as it attempts to prevent serious injury by keeping you from using or overusing stressed muscles. Aromatherapy baths are blends of pure essential oils - mostly peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender combined with mineral sea salts. When used on a regular basis can help to draw out soreness and promote healing. Aromatherapy products are safe to use, as this homeopathic method is both preventive and promotes healing.

Give it a try !!

There are practical reasons as outlined above for giving aromatherapy a try as an aid to your exercise regime. It can also be suggested that there are few nicer thoughts as you head into the driveway, having cut 10 seconds off your best time , than a relaxing warm bath using the magic of aromatherapy !!

This article is provided by Archangel Essence Aromatherapy please visit our web site at for a complete line of hand blended aromatherapy products for personal and home use. Questions ? e-mail

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