What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
Essential oils can be used to stimulate brain function through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing, or by its aroma, which can be inhaled, and the scents will travel across the olfactory nerves inside the nose up to the part of the brain that controls our moods and memories.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Besides the “smelling good” factor, aromatherapy can benefit in many different ways. It is a natural complement to other health treatments, and it is known to alleviate many discomforts.
Some of the most common benefits of aromatherapy are: relaxation, stress relief, mood enhancement and boost for immune, circulatory and respiratory system.
Each essence has its own properties. Different plants can produce different kinds of essential oils, and the combination of different oils can give different results. Essential oils go a long way, to use it, you need to mix it with carrier oil, and it is recommended that you research before you make a combination. Also, be aware of allergic reactions, a skin test before using it is essential.
Lavender is one of the most popular and multipurpose oils. It can be used to relax, calm, ease depression and tension, aid digestion, reduce pain and aid sleep. Its floral scent is commonly used in conjunction with other oils. Amongst its qualities, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, insecticide and sedative properties are found.
Peppermint is very popular because can be used for its multiple health benefits. Because of its minty aroma, it is commonly used for coughs and colds, but it also enhances concentration and can be used to relieve hot flashes symptoms caused by menopause.
Roman Chamomile is very famous for its calming properties, very popular in the form of essential oil or tea. Its sweet herbaceous scent is usually used for stress management, insomnia and for dry skin conditions. Use it at night, put 3 drops on a cotton ball inside your pillow, or drink it in the form of tea, it will relax you and induce your sleep.
Eucalyptus is also popular for colds and coughs, but is one of the most effective oils for managing joint pains and aches. Its camphoraceous scent also works as a very good mosquito repellant.
Ylang-Ylang is commonly used for its calming properties. It helps ease muscle spasms and premenstrual syndrome symptoms (PMS), depression, tension and panic attacks. It has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that has purifying, bacteria-fighting, balancing and uplifting properties.
Ginger has many medicinal properties. It helps stimulate the immune system, calms digestion and improves circulation. Its warming and spicy aroma can be used to help and reduce travel sickness and nausea, and has also analgesic, stimulant and expectorant properties.
Lemongrass has a sweet and citrus scent, which gives a refreshing and toning effect. It can be used to stimulate the appetite, but it is also good for digestion. Commonly used to combat stress, lemongrass helps ease muscle aches and pains, colic and fatigue.
Patchoulli, mostly known for its relaxing properties, it is commonly used as an anti-depressant in the combat of anxiety and depression. It has a sweet, woody, spicy and exotic aroma, which is sometimes used to increase libido and combat PMS symptoms.
Tea Tree has a medicinal and fresh scent, better used on its own. It has many medicinal properties, which includes antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, detoxifying, insecticide and stimulant properties. Very helpful to boost the immune system, it is also used to combat infections, sunburn and itching caused by insect bites.
About 60,000 rose blooms are needed to produce 25 grams of rose oil, and 200,000 jasmine flowers are needed to produce the same amount of jasmine oil. The rarity or abundance of the plant is also a factor that affects its price.
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