Aromatherapy is a holistic healing therapy that uses natural herbs or plant extracts to improve health and wellness. This is also known as essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses scented essential oils to improve the physical state of the body, mind, and spirit. It improves both physical and emotional states. Aromatherapy is commonly used by inhalation or as a topical application.
Inhalation: Oils fade away into the air using a diffuser container, vaporizer, spray, or oil droplets. They are breathed in naturally or through other methods such as a steam bath.
In addition to providing a pleasing aroma, aromatherapy oils can treat cold and cough, disinfect the respiratory system, and provide psychosomatic advantages.
While inhaling the aroma of essential oils the olfactory system, a component of the brain related to smell gets stimulated through the nasal passage.
Particles that go through the nose or mouth travel to the lungs and from there to other body parts.
When the molecules reach the brain, they impinge on the limbic system linked with heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, emotions, stress, and hormone balance. Thus, essential oils can have a delicate yet holistic effect on the body.
Topical applications: massage lotions, cleanse, and skincare products are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can improve circulation and enhance absorption. According to practitioners, areas with more sweat glands and hair follicles, such as head or hand palms, can absorb oil more efficiently.
Aromatherapy is a balanced therapeutic process. It does not cure diseases, rashes, or ailments, but it can support the traditional treatment of various mental and physical conditions.
Slowly inhaling the aroma can help with relaxation and headache relief.
What Is Aromatherapy Used For?
You should not use aromatherapy instead of your prescribed medicinal treatment. Researchers suggest that aromatherapy can be effective for some conditions. This therapy can:
- Boost feelings of relaxation
- Ease stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improve sleep
- Help improve the quality of people’s lives with long-term health issues such as dementia.
- Reduce certain types of pain, body aches, including osteoarthritis of the knee and pain from kidney stones.
- Prevent bacteria when you put them on your skin.
- Reduce some of the side effects of cancer treatment, such as dyspepsia and pain.
- Relieve from Menstrual problems
- Ease Muscular aches, anxiety, agitation, strain, and depression
- Reduce Alopecia, or hair loss
What do essential oils do?
Different oils have different uses and effects.
Basil essential oil is used to improve concentration power and reduce some symptoms of depression. It can provide relief from headaches and migraines. Basil oil should not be used during pregnancy.
Bergamot essential oil is thought to be useful for the urinary tract and digestive system. When mixed with eucalyptus oil, it can help reduce scars on the skin, including those caused by chickenpox.
Black pepper essential oil is usually used to stimulate blood circulation, relieve muscle aches and pains, and bruises. Along with ginger essential oil, it is used to alleviate arthritis pain and improve flexibility.
Chamomile essential oil can treat skin irritation.
Clove oil is a topical analgesic or pain reliever. Usually, dentists recommend using it for toothache. It is also used as an antispasmodic to prevent nausea and vomiting and to prevent gas, acidity in the intestine. It has antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Eucalyptus essential oil can help relieve sinusitis and improve the respiratory system during a cold or flu. It is frequently mixed with peppermint. Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, so caution should be exercised.
Yarrow essential oil is used to help treat cold and flu symptoms and reduce joint swelling.
Rosemary essential oil can nourish hair growth, increase memory, prevent muscle pain, and improve the nervous and circulatory systems.
A geranium essential oil can be used for epidermis problems, reducing strain, and mosquito repellent.
Jasmine essential oil works as an aphrodisiac agent, and the fragrance of jasmine increases beta waves.
Lavender essential oil is an antiseptic substance used to heal minor cuts and skin burns to enhance relaxation and sleep. It is also beneficial to get relief from the symptoms of headaches and migraines.