Aromatherapy is the art and science of using botanical essential oils to create and maintain physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. It is also the use of pure, natural essential oils (all of which have scents) in health and beauty treatments. Aromatherapy is holistic and enjoyable. Real aromatherapy uses only the highest quality essential oils, and it works not only from the scent but also from applying the oils through massage, bathing and skincare products. The term Essential Oil Therapy is an alternative for the use of the term aromatherapy.
Essential or aromatic oils have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries for cosmetic, as well as spiritually and emotionally uplifting, properties. It is impossible to know exactly when plants were first used for medicinal purposes, but carbon dating of cave paintings at Lascaux in France suggest their use in everyday life as far back as 18,000 B.C.E
What is aromatherapy useful for?
Aromatherapy is useful for its healing powers—through inhalation and topical application. The essential oils, the “essence” of the plant’s healing powers, paves the way for the transfer of the nutrients and powers of the plant to enter various cells of our bodies. Aromatherapy, then, can be defined as a “fragrant remedy.” These healing essences can be used to treat ailments and diseases, to heal us physically and emotionally.
What are Essential oils?
Essential oils are made from flower, herb, and tree parts, like bark, roots, peels, and petals. The cells that give a plant its fragrant smell are its “essence.” When an essence is extracted from a plant, it becomes an essential oil.
It takes a lot of plant product to make essential oils. More than 200 pounds of lavender flowers are used to make just 1 pound of lavender essential oil.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Essential oils can be very effective is through interaction with the emotional brain or limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, hormone balance and stress levels – which is why a smell can trigger such a powerful emotional response in us. It’s also why inhaling certain essential oils can make us feel calmer or more alert almost instantly – and why we often associate certain smells with particular memories in a way that doesn’t occur with our other senses. In many cases essential oils will enter the body both via absorption through the skin and via inhalation; this can have a compounded positive effect.
Health benefits of essential oils
Boost mood. Reduced stress and increased attentiveness. Improve sleep. Kill bacteria, funguses and viruses. Reduce anxiety and pain. Reduce inflammation. Reduce nausea. Relieve headaches.
Most common aromatherapy methods
Massage is the primary method to enjoy aromatherapy as the therapeutic properties of the essential oils being used are absorbed by the skin but the soft tissues of the body are manipulated at the same time and can stimulate or aid relaxation.
Baths are by far the easiest way of using essential oils in the home. The heat and steam effectively empower and disperse the oils. The oils are absorbed through the skin and through inhalation. The rule of thumb for baths is 8- 12 drops of essential oil per bath.
Inhalation is the quickest way to get essential oils to enter the body and get an immediate effect. The easiest way to use inhalation is to literally open the bottle and smell it, but you can also apply a few drops to a tissue or handkerchief to keep with you during the day.
It disperses essential oils into the air and fills the area with a natural fragrance.
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