Did you know that the practice of aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years dating back to the ancient Egyptians and is used today as holistic alternative healing? A French chemist Renee Maurice Gattefosse coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937. Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to maintain and promote well-being of mind, body and spirit.
Aromatherapy can be divided into two basic terms: “aroma”, which means scent or fragrance, and “therapy”, which means treatment. In the most simplistic terms aromatherapy can be defined as the use of natural plants to improve health and wellbeing. One example of simple aromatherapy could be inhaling fragrant flowers or aromatic spices.
Although research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy is limited, there is available evidence that strongly suggests there are huge benefits to this type of therapeutic practice. Studies have shown that aromatherapy has tremendous health benefits especially when it comes to the treatment of some chronic health conditions. Aromatherapy can help with improving the quality of life by alleviating anxiety, stress, lift depression and provide more energy.
Essential oils are typically used in aromatherapy and they are extracted from various parts of different plants, distilled and then diluted in carrier oils before being applied to the body or in a massage. Some oils are aromatically inhaled directly or using aroma burners and/or diffusers to give the user a relaxing emotional mood or just applied in the skin as lotions (diluted) to give the skin a relaxing sensation. Aromatherapy works through stimulating the receptors, which are charged with scent in the nose. The receptors send a message to the nervous system and the parts of the brain, which mostly controls emotions.
Undiluted essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful liquids and must be properly diluted in carrier oils before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm). Their use must be respected and they can be toxic if used incorrectly. Please follow all methods and recipes carefully and do not increase the amount of essential oil quoted.
To be sure that you are buying something, which is safe and effective, use reputable sources and always read the material safety data sheets. It is important to buy quality therapeutic grade essential oils since they undergo rigorous testing to support their purity and safety. When used as directed essential oils as part of an aromatherapy treatment could have many powerful benefits.
Aromatherapy can help calm and relax the body: for those who may be experiencing from fatigue or pain aromatherapy has been found to have a stimulating effect where it helps the body to relax. Experts agree that although essentials oils do not have capacity to stimulate the immune system, they have a role to play when it comes to the management of some terminal conditions such as cancer. Families and caregivers are encouraged to use aromatherapy as part of the long-term management of the conditions.
Aromatherapy is very effective in treatment of insomnia or lack of sleep and migraines. The Egyptians, many years ago used Lavender as an aromatherapy product to help people who had difficulty getting sleep as well as those who had migraines and stress related conditions. In addition some essentials oils may have powerful pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antiviral and antibacterial effects.
When it comes to relieving poor circulation, muscle aches, rheumatic joint pains, Rosemary is known to be very effective. The fragrant plant has been used since time immemorial to treat certain conditions.
There are many different types of essential oils available on the market with varying uses and their benefits are not covered in this article. Given the benefits that one derives from aromatherapy it is worth the research and investment to buy a product, which is used for this purpose. Aromatherapy provides an alternative to traditional medicine.
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This article is solely for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician and qualified aromatherapist before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.