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Aromatherapy Des Moines IA

Local resource for aromatherapy in Des Moines. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to alternative medicine, essential oils, fragrance oils, aromatherapy recipes, aromatherapy creams, aromatherapy lotions, and aromatherapy diffusers, as well as advice and content on the benefits of aromatherapy.

James Bell
(515) 277-4860
2901 86th Street
Urbandale, IA
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Robert Major
(515) 226-0112
119 19th Street+ Suite 106
West Des Moines, IA
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Sieman, Robert S, Do - Iowa Clinic
(515) 274-0413
526 39th St
Des Moines, IA

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Johnson, Chris, Do - Central Iowa Ob/Gyn Specialist
(515) 267-8300
5901 Westown Pkwy Ste 240
West Des Moines, IA

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Elaina Ori-Honeycutt
2531 Forest Drive
Des Moines, IA
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Jacqueline Stoken
(515) 327-0046
1454 30th Street+ Suite 109
West Des Moines, IA
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Trista Evans
Des Moines, IA
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Crystal Light Crystal Therapist
Membership Organizations
Peacefulmind.com

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Hansen, Melinda C, Md - Womens Health Svc
(515) 263-9107
12339 Stratford Dr
Clive, IA

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Ross, Lisa, MD - West Des Moines Ob/Gyn Associates
(515) 223-5466
2501 Westown Pkwy Ste 1201
West Des Moines, IA

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Stephanie Mellor
(319) 369-9690
1350 Blairs Ferry Road
Hiawatha, IA
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Aromatherapy


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Dec 2008 - Jan 2009, Vol. 2 No. 4 >> Sync of Health >> Aromatherapy


KAMALA THIAGARAJAN


Have you felt more alert once the strong aroma of percolating coffee has wafted its way to you every morning? Or more alive after encountering the crisp scent of the moist mud before the monsoon rains, the rich, fiery perfume of spices in kitchens, of jasmine and sandalwood, sweet red roses and mint green grass, your favorite homemade dish and your special perfume? Fragrance is everywhere and it defines our world. No one can deny that our sense of smell constantly enriches our lives and overpowers our emotions, thoughts and feelings in a very subtle way.

AROMATHERAPY AS A SCIENCE OF HEALING
For generations, scientists and researchers have been fascinated with the discipline of aromatherapy. This led to the study of plants and their extracts, and the creation of essential oils—the concentrated essences of various flowers, herbs, fruits and plants that were packed with the goodness of natural scent. These have been used since ancient times for spiritual or medicinal purposes.

Aromatherapy has established that our sense of smell has a direct impact on how we feel and by extension—our overall health and well-being. Like other senses, what we smell is transmitted directly to the brain. Each scent, depending on its origin and nature, has a different impact on our physical and nervous system. For instance, studies have shown that the aroma of lavender increases alpha waves in the back of the brain, which is associated with relaxation. On the other hand, jasmine scent increases beta waves in the front lobes of the brain, which are proven to make you more alert.

It wasn’t until 1920 however, that the world discovered the extraordinary extent of the healing effects of essential oils. A French chemist called René Maurice Gattefosse, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils, was experimenting one morning in his laboratory, when he accidentally set fire to his arm. In a frenzy of pain, the scientist thrust his burning arm into the nearest liquid he could find—a vat of cold lavender oil. Much to Maurice’s amazement, the wound healed quickly and without a trace of a burn or scar. Thus, the exploration of natural scents for their physical healing properties (and not just their emotional or psychological benefits) began. The French were the forerunners of aromatherapy and continue to impress the world today with the medley of their creative and mood-uplifting perfumery!

Aromatherapy has established that our sense of smell has a direct impact on how we feel and by extension – our overall health and well-being.

Healing Effects
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