For thousands of years, people have harnessed the power of plants to improve their lives. Inshanti offers these time-tested benefits with oils carefully formulated and blended by our expert essential oil chemist, Debra Stoltzfus. You’ll find natural alternatives to chemically produced pharmaceuticals, gaining relief from pain, chronic problems and seasonal allergies.
AROMATHERAPY AND ESSENTIAL OILS—WHAT ARE THEY? AND WHY WOULD I WANT USE THEM?
IS AROMATHERAPY JUST ABOUT THINGS SMELLING NICE?
You’ve probably heard the word “aromatherapy,” and it’s likely to conjure up images of scented candles or a fragrant bubble bath. But at Inshanti, aromatherapy is more than just a pretty scent. Our master blender, Debra Stoltzfus, scientifically blends products by hand to promote the healing of body, mind, and spirit. Her building blocks are therapeutic agents that come directly from nature, substances known as essential oils.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the distillation of the aromatic substance from a specific type of plant. They come from almost any part of certain plants—its seeds, flowers, fruit, leaves, stems, roots, bark, wood, needles, and resins. Technically, when this substance is in the plant, it is called an “essence.” So once it has been distilled from the plant, it is referred to as an essential oil. While you may have heard of essential oils only recently, they’ve been in existence for thousands of years.
Essential oils have long been treasured for their healing properties because they exhibit important properties:
Essential oils are used in products for health, beauty, and hygiene. Here at Inshanti we blend the oils for the same purposes. We create blends that are used for medicinal purposes, massage therapy, skin and hair care, and even household cleaning. Of course, we also create those lovely scented aromatherapy items you’re more familiar with, like bath salts, scrubs, fizzys, diffusers, and sprays. You’ll find them all in our Inshanti online shop.
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?
Essential oils are used in two basic ways, either inhaled in aromatherapy or applied to the skin to be absorbed by the bloodstream:
As its name implies, aromatherapy is all about your sense of smell. The actual odor floating around in a room is made of molecules. These molecules go through your nose and pass over fibers made of specialized nerve cells that interpret what the specific smell is. This information is sent up to the part of your brain that regulates your emotions, called the limbic system. Specific essential oils can provide relief from anxiety and fear, give you a sense of well-being and relaxation, or help balance your emotions.
On the other hand, essential oils applied to the skin are absorbed through capillaries and travel through the bloodstream enhancing cellular function. They assist the body in bringing relief from symptoms of many chronic health problems. It may take a half-hour or more for the oils to reach full effectiveness.
If you want a fuller scientific explanation, check out the asterisked (*) copy at the bottom of the page.
You only need to use small amounts of essential oils—often a single drop—to achieve their intended medicinal effects. So a half-ounce of pure essential oil can last you a long time!