Though many might just think of essential oils as carriers of “pretty scents”, empirical evidence shows their therapeutic and medicinal effect. Essential oils have a direct, measurable effect on the body. As the oils are absorbed by the olfactory pathways of the cranial nerves, nuero-endocrine functions in the brain and body are activated. Localized absorption through the skin and into the blood circulation effects change in the muscular and neuromuscular systems.
Genuine essential oils are specialized plant extracts. The alchemical process of extracting the plant constituents strengthens and changes the therapeutic function of the plant, rendering essential oils more “drug-like” in terms of their effects relative to whole-herb extracts found in tinctures and herbal supplements. This chemical change often allows one to enjoy the therapeutic effects of an essential oil without the same adverse reaction that one might have to the whole-plant. For example, people who are sensitive to fake or manufactured “fragrances” find that they can enjoy the true “scent” of a high-quality, unadulterated essential oil. Patients who have allergies or sensitivities to certain plants do not typically experience the same adverse allergic reaction to the plant’s essential oil.
At Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture, we use essential oils from highly reputable companies that source organic or wild-crafted plants to produce unadulterated, artisanal, small-batch oils verified through independent third-party testing. Our primary oil supply company (Snow Lotus) is owned by a fellow acupuncturist with 35 years experience and formal training as a medical herbalist!
Your acupuncturist may chose one or two specific oils to apply directly to an acupuncture point as part of your complete acupuncture treatment based upon your constitutional condition and your individual needs for treatment on that day.
We are excited to offer the following 6 custom designed essential oil blends, each one selected for its specific therapeutic qualities, to enhance your massage therapy. Aromatherapy can be added to any 60 or 90 minute massage for an additional $15. You’ll receive the same great, custom crafted massage incorporating a variety of bodywork techniques designed to meet your body’s unique needs. Our organic and wildcrafted essential oils are added to the massage lotion for a sensory experience that you are sure to love.
Peace: (Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum) This citrusy, floral blend relaxes tense, chronic conditions of the nervous system and mind including anxiety, irritability, frustration, mood swings, insomnia, and pain arising from emotional distress such as chronic headaches and fibromyalgia. Helichrysum allows us to reconcile and let go of past emotional traumas. Bergamot is a hybrid fruit of Italian lime and orange said to be grafted by Mediterranean cultures in Southern Spain during the 1600s. This unique and hearty fruit was able to flourish in this region, despite its unusual creation, and its therapeutic qualities include harmonization of the left and right brain hemisphere for smooth, balanced emotions. *Safe for use in pregnancy after the 1st trimester.
Freedom: (Hyssop, Grapefruit, Patchouli) This herby and floral blend gently decongests the body, mind, and spirit by engaging the lymphatic system to clear damp and stagnant fluids that cause pain, heaviness, and a lack luster, unmotivated feeling. English hyssop is tonifying and uplifting. Pink grapefruit enhances mental acuity while improves muscle tone and energy. A hint of patchouli resolves weakness and damp condition in the digestive organs, achieving a light and airy feeling in the body. This blend brings a spring back to your step.
Relax: (Bulgarian Lavender, Roman Camomile, Blue Tansy, Mandarin) This sweet, herbaceous blend relaxes tension in the body, cools heat, and calms the musculoskeletal system. This blend works on both the body and mind levels, and is perfect for the patient who experiences chronic pain and inflammation due to physical or mental overexertion.
Restore: This spicy, warming blend rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit after prolonged or significant illness. By gently stimulating and supporting the essential functions of the immune system, this is the perfect blend to help you gain energy and stamina in Winter or early Spring following cold and flu season, or anytime you have overextended yourself and just feel sluggish.
Release: (Lemon, Juniper Berry) This detoxifying blend cleanses the body of toxins that gather in our muscles and tissues from environmental exposures. Physically, this blend helps to stimulate and release accumulation from the muscles and joints, relieving rheumatic aches and pains. On the mental and emotional levels, this blend clarifies and brightens offering relief from lethargy, confusion, spaceyness, poor concentration, and poor memory.
Balance: (Geranium, Clary Sage, Palmarosa) This sweet, rosy scented formula is a master at hormonal regulation and restoration of metabolic functions. These oils work synergistically together to balance the endocrine system, alleviating mood swings, improving stamina, and regulating blood sugar. If you suffer from menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, adrenal fatigue or burnout, salt cravings, foggy headed and mental confusion, chronic stress induced pain or headache, or chronic digestive problems – this balancing blend is for you. The oils in this blend work adaptogenically and are appropriate for patients who experience both hypo or hyperthyroid, diabetes, and other endocrine related disorders. *Sorry, this blend is not appropriate for our pregnant patients due to its strong effect on hormonal regulation, though it makes an excellent post-partum treatment!
Use our online scheduling button to book now, and be sure to select the “Aromatherapy Massage” option.