Imagine how your body would feel without any stress, tension, fatigue or pain? That is Diane Bevan–Radliff’s goal through the practice of aromatherapy. Radliff hosted “Wellness Through Aromatherapy” in the mansion, as part of Cabrini’s Live and Learn Series.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, other plants, and fruits to enhance psychological and physical well-being. It is a mood enhancement that can help pain relief and can act as an alternative of medicine.
“Since we can’t use candles in the dorm rooms aromatherapy is a great alternative,” said Amanda Toth.
Radliff began by having the small group of people who attended smell different scented oils, such as lemon, orange, rosemary and lavender.
“Essential oils date back to the beginning of time, specifically, the Egyptians,” Radliff said. “One of the most fascinating woman, Cleopatra, used essential oils and had a good sense of using them and she often wore myrrh in her hair. They used frankincense, which makes you feel relaxed and has a mind-altering constituent. Frankincense and myrrh are very potent.”
After Radliff talked about the history of aromatherapy, she then had the group feel a lavender plant and crush it in their hands to feel the actual oil and scent that it produced. She passed around a processed version of lavender that was a lot more potent and taught everyone that coffee is a neutralizer when smelling the different oils.
According to Radliff, aromatherapy has a lot of oxygen in the oils. The oxygen goes through the blood and supplies it with nutrients, amino acids and lots of vitamins to help our cells reproduce. “One drop of essential oil equals 30 cups of herbal tea,” Radliff said.
There are three degrees when smelling the different scents she passed around. The first one is a top note, which immediately upon opening it goes away on paper very fast. Top notes are made from flowers and a lot of fruit.
The second degree is the middle note that affects you in your head area. “They are fusing oranges in different schools in Europe because it makes the children happier,” Radliff said.
The third degree affects your feet and your rear. The group smelled rosewood, which goes into your heart and your backside.
Radliff had everyone sign their name and e-mail on a raffle ticket and had different prizes to give out. There were Scented candles, incense, and lavender scented eye masks. Everyone walked away with something in their hand.
Radliff teaches many classes in Chester Country and Collegeville. The classes vary from raindrop therapy, integrated energy therapy and Reiki.
Radliff teaches many classes in Chester Country and Collegeville. The classes vary from raindrop therapy, integrated energy therapy and Reiki. If you are interested call 610-635-1155 or email her at [email protected] for an appointment.