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Aromatherapy Category

Aromatherapy Tips: Using Peppermint This Holiday Season

20 Dec 2017

Ah, the winter holidays - 'tis the season for peppermint! Yes, you might think in terms of mint-flavored hot chocolate and those ever-present candy canes, but we're thinking more about the benefits of peppermint essential oils used for aromatherapy. For centuries peppermint oil has been used for medicinal purposes as well as cooking. Its use in Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine is ancient. It's also believed to be the oldest herb used among Europeans for therapeutic purposes. There is evidence in the Egyptian pyramids of its use in that culture as far back as 1000 BC. Peppermint is well-known to ...

Aromatherapy News: CenterPoint Grad’s Products Part of Minnesota Alzheimer’s Study

02 Oct 2017

We are always pleased to see research studies support what bodywork therapists know from experience, because scientific validation can increase public confidence in natural health care modalities. But we get really excited when one of those studies is not only local but involves one of CenterPoint's own. [caption id="attachment_12785" align="alignright" width="229"] Jodi Baglien[/caption] Recently a Twin Cities TV station - Fox 9 - featured a report on Health Partners, a Minnesota health care network, evaluating the use of lavender for Alzheimer's patients. Shown in the news clip are patches and oils crafted by Jodi Baglien, a CenterPoint grad and continuing education instructor. ...

Aromatherapy and Massage: The Basics

02 Aug 2017

As the interest in natural medicine grows, many massage therapists are adding additional modalities to their skills list in order to offer their clients popular therapies. One of those is aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils in conjunction with bodywork. Aromatherapy training is available to our students as part of our elective course, Spa & Resort Techniques. We also periodically offer instruction in basic aromatherapy as a continuing education course for bodywork professionals. But if you haven't yet been introduced to aromatherapy and would like to know a little bit more about it, check out this recent article from Bodysense ...

To Scent or Not? What Is Aromatherapy Good For?

28 Jul 2017

Scents are all around us - some natural, some manmade. Some scents are pleasant while others are offensive. And 'unscented' seems to be a very popular category of just about any kind of product you can think of, from skin care to cleaning products. In this post we'd like to talk about a very specific type of scent - that which comes from the therapeutic use of essential oils via a practice called aromatherapy. Aromatherapy products differ greatly from often artificially scented products such as room fresheners and perfumes, although some people choose to use aromatherapy oils for those purposes. ...

Coming in March to CenterPoint: Anyone Can Learn the Basics of Aromatherapy

13 Jan 2017

Are you interested in learning a natural, pleasant health care therapy that can be practiced by anyone? "Aromatherapy Basics," coming in March to our Minneapolis massage school, is the class for you!   As more and more people turn to natural health care alternatives, the interest in aromatherapy is growing. We include basic instruction in aromatherapy is part of the curriculum for our bodywork students, but we recognize that there is quite an interest in the general public in this healing art and science. That's why we're making this class available to all. What is aromatherapy? Quite simply, it is ...

Why Should You Try Easing Anxiety With Aromatherapy?

24 Jun 2016

Approximately 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders. While everyone experiences worry from time to time, these individuals experience high degree of ongoing anxiety with no discernable trigger. Many just accept it and find ways to live with it; others pursue medical therapy via prescription drugs, which carries the risk of side effects and may not be effective. However, others have found great success in integrating aromatherapy into their health routines. Combined with common sense healthy lifestyle choices, like getting exercise, a healthy diet and regular massage, aromatherapy can contribute to alleviating symptoms of anxiety. You ...

Improve Your Health with Aromatherapy

15 Jun 2016

Aromatherapy is a word that’s getting a lot of press these days. Just what exactly is it? First let’s talk about what it is not. Sweet scented lotions, candles and bath oils might smell good, and you may enjoy their fragrance and find them pleasant, but none of that is a guarantee that whatever is producing the scent is health-enhancing. Genuine aromatherapy products are produced from extracts of plants, while many scented products are crafted using chemicals and synthetic fragrances. This is the main distinction. Botanical extracts used in aromatherapy are referred to as essential oils.  An essential oil contains ...

Take Care With Aromatherapy + Massage

11 Mar 2016

One of the nicest ways to enhance a massage session is by using beautifully fragranced oils to compliment your regular massage oil or fill the air with relaxing scent. Remember aromatherapy is a lot more than just a pretty smell. Enhanced Symptom Relief Respected medical organizations like the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the American Cancer Society have begun to accept aromatherapy as a great supplement for traditional medical care in recent years.  Many hospitals, such as Regions here in the Twin Cities include aromatherapy for in-patient care. It has helped many people treat their insomnia, aches, pains and ...

Can’t Sleep? Research Shows Aromatherapy Can Change That

27 Apr 2015

Most of us don't get enough sleep, to the point that 'sleep deprived' is a recognized medical diagnosis.  The causes are many - busy schedules, too much technology and stimulation before bed, chronic pain that keeps you awake, and more.  Prescriptions and over-the-counter meds claim to help, but they've got lots of undesirable side effects as well as the potential for addiction.  So instead of taking a pill, why not take a deep breath and inhale something pleasant?Aromatherapy holds promise for enhancing sleep, according to new research.  Information regarding an analytical study of 13 separate trials indicates that inhalation aromatherapy ...

How You Can Treat Colds & Flu Naturally With Aromatherapy

17 Dec 2014

Despite our best efforts at self care, winter often brings with it at least one bout with a cold or flu.  Sales of tissues and over-the-counter cold medicines soar at this time of year, and both adults and children can get hit hard, even if they've had flu shots.Colds and flu are both due to viruses, and asking the doctor for an antibiotic won't help.  Antibiotics don't work on viruses, but the good news is there is a much gentler, natural approach that's effective and even pleasant: Aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy involves the use of volatile oils extracted from flowers and other ...