Essential oils can be inhaled, applied to the skin or even ingested (although I do not promote the ingestion of essential oils in my practice). These methods of using essential oils all allow the chemical components of the oils to enter the body. Once in the body, essential oils have three modes of action.
Firstly, they can have a pharmacological effect, producing biochemical change. The essential oil enters the bloodstream and reacts with hormones, enzymes and other biochemically-active compounds - just like how a drug might work.
Essential oils can also promote change on the systems of the body, having a physiological effect.
Finally, essential oils have been proved to have a psychological effect. Each client using an essential oil will have an individual emotional response to it, in particular to the aroma of the oil.
An Aromatherapist will look at all three modes to discover the overall holistic response by the body to the effects of an essential oil.
The various chemistries of essential oils will lend them to have different effects on the body. An essential oil can have over 100 different chemical components! Essential oils have been proven to have many beneficial properties, such as anti-microbial and anti-viral, immune-stimulating, circulation-boosting and pain-relieving (analgesic). As a qualified Aromatherapist, I am able to suggest essential oils that will have the beneficial effects on health that my clients are seeking.