AROMATHERAPY. Harmony and balance for spirit, body & mind.
Also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
Essential oils are quickly absorbed through the skin, traveling around individual cells and into hair follicles, where the oils enter the sebaceous glands and mingle with the skin's natural emollients. The chemical properties of the oils can be cleansing, deodorizing, toning, or balancing. Certain oils are especially suited to benefit the skin, the largest organ of the body, which reflects our inner state of well being while protecting us from a daily barrage of pollutants.
Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that opens lock-like structure in the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils. Aromas are sent directly and immediately to the limbic system where memories are stored and pleasure and emotions are perceived. When stimulated, the limbic system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Inhaling essential oils can help us attain a pleasurable emotional balance that can have a therapeutic effect on physical problems.
A diffused aroma creates a mysterious presence in a room. The essential oils can be thought of as the quintessential spirit of plants, captured in a jar. Its rich, balsamic aroma penetrates deeply into the lungs, inspiring slow, regular breathing.
Methods of Use.
· Aerial diffusion:
For environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection. Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. There are many different methods for diffusing essential oils into a room.
· Direct inhalation:
For respiratory disinfection, decongestant, expectoration as well as psychological effects. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. The aroma of the natural essential oil stimulates the brain to trigger a reaction, and when inhaled
into the lungs, the natural constituents can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.
· Topical applications:
For general therapeutic skin care by massages, baths, and compresses.. Essential oils applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The constituents of essential oils can aid in health, beauty and hygiene conditions.
1. Stress Relief:
Perhaps this is the most widespread and popular use of aromatherapy. The aromatic compounds from many different essential oils are known as relaxants and can help to soothe your mind and eliminate anxiety. Some of the best essential oils for this are: lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, and peppermint.
2. Antidepressant Capacity:
Second to stress relief, aromatherapy is very commonly used to eliminate feelings of depression, and due to the very complicated side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants, this is a very important function of aromatherapy as a complementary treatment. Some of the best essential oils for this are: peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine.
One of the most frightening and widespread diseases affecting us as we age is memory loss and the inability to form short-term memories. While Alzheimer’s is still considered an incurable disease, there are certain ways to reduce or slow down the progression of the condition like aromatherapy as an alternative or supplemental treatment. Studies have also shown the efficacy of aromatherapy on younger patients in terms of boosting their memory capacity for a certain amount of time after the treatment.
4. Boost Energy Levels:
While diet and exercise can help, many people turn to aromatherapy to put a bit more pep in their step. Many essential oils are known to increase circulation, raise energy levels, and generally stimulate the body and mind, without the dangerous side effects of other stimulating substances like coffee, cigarettes, energy pills, or even illegal substances. The most used essential oils for this are: black pepper, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, and sage.
5. Healing and Recovery:
As stimulants, many essential oils can help increase the rate of healing throughout the body. This can be due to increased oxygen and blood flow to wounds as well as more internal healing processes like those following surgeries or illness. The anti-microbial properties of certain essential oils also keep the body protected during these delicate healing stages of the body. Some of the most popular essential oils for this: lavender, calendula, and rosehip.
Rather than relying on pharmaceuticals or dishing out a lot of money for an expensive massage, aromatherapy can be a wonderful solution that can not only eliminate your current headache, but also possibly reduce the stress, anxiety, or medical origin of your headaches to prevent them in the future. Some of the best essential oils for this are: peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and rosemary.
7. Sleep Aid:
Not getting enough sleep can exacerbate or cause a huge range of medical conditions and can leave us feeling unproductive and devoid of energy. Luckily, aromatherapy can provide us with a more balanced sleep schedule and can even realign our Circadian rhythms so our body naturally sleeps restfully through the night, and is energized in the morning to face the day. The most used essential oils for this are: lavender, chamomile, jasmine, rose, and sandalwood.
8. Immune System:
It is far better to prevent than treat, as most medical professionals say, and aromatherapy can give you a serious boost to your immune system if used properly. The anti-microbial effects, as well as the anti-fungal and antibacterial effects can protect you from any number of illnesses and infections that could damage your system. This area of aromatherapy is very popular and widely studied. The most effective essential oils for this are: oregano, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.
9. Pain Relief:
Analgesics can have a lot of different side effects on the body, even if they do relieve the pain. However, if aromatherapy can relieve dozens of different types of pain, then why not take advantage of it? Pain relief is one of the most useful applications of aromatherapy. Top essential oils used for this are: lavender, chamomile, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint.
Although this isn’t the most widely researched area of aromatherapy, digestive issues can certainly be treated by aromatherapy. It can ease constipation, indigestion, bloating, and can speed up the metabolism so food is digested quicker. The best essential oils used for this are: Citrus including lemon and orange, but ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender are effective as well.
Cautions: Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin must be diluted into a carrier such as a cold pressed vegetable oil, also known as carrier oil. The strong use of concentrations of essential oils can cause negative side effects.
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Referrences: Naha.org, aromaweb.com, Wikipedia.org, organicfacts.net, amoils.com,
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