Aromatherapy has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years along side the use of herbs in formulas. Most oils are quite potent and require a small amount. Using a carrier oil does not decrease an oil’s potency, but rather distributes it more evenly on the body. Aromatherapy can be applied in 3 ways: directly to the skin, inhalation or internal consumption. Let’s look at essential oils of some well known herbs.
Clove is an herb and oil use quite extensively throughout Chinese and Egyptian medicine. Clove (ding xiang) is warming to the Kidney and Spleen meridians and in the category of warm interior and expel cold. It is especially good for reproductive energy and considered an aphrodisiac. It also resolves qi flowing the wrong way with symptoms such as hiccups, belching and vomiting.
Frankincense or ru xiang is another well known oil extracted from a resin. It’s main indication is for external trauma and bleeding. It is useful for relaxing the muscles and sinews and increasing blood flow. Frankincense can also be used for angina/chest pain. It is used for lowering anxiety and irritability as it enters the Heart and Liver channels.
One of the most popular oils, Lavender can be used to calm the spirit and promote movement of Liver qi. Lavender enters the Lung, Pericardium and Liver channels. Lavender can also be used on burns to speed up healing.
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Sharon McDermott, L.Ac.
Chinese Proverb Quote: A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives the flower.