If you are anything like me, the sense of smell is favorite for you. I enjoyed my sense of smell because certain scents can take me back into certain times. It is always been fascinating to me how I can smell something as an adult and it can take me all the way back to when I was a child. For some odd reason, because of this I have always known that time traveling exists (but that’s a whole different article). So this along with my love for essential oils made aromatherapy have all my attention and it is something that I enjoy to practice now.
If you were wanting to know more about aromatherapy keep reading this article.
Aromatherapy is one of many forms of holistic healing. It is a manipulative and body-based practice, other practices that are like this include acupressure, acupuncture, Breema bodywork, and Qi Gong.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oil‘s from plants for their medicinal and healing properties. Essential olds consist entirely of botanical matters, and may also be referred to as volatile oils are either oils. Similar to herbs essential oils have many uses that include aromatherapy, pharmacology, food flavoring, and perfumery.
Essential oils are extracted from plant roots, berries, seeds, leaves and bark there a number of different methods, including steam distillation, enfleurage, solvent extraction, and expression.
This being said essential oils are extremely concentrated, and because of this you should always be extremely careful using them. Imagine hundreds of oranges being concentrated into one small vile, that is the power of essential oils and that is how many herbs it takes to make one small bottle of essential oil. When experimenting with the new oil or if you’re trying and oil for the first time it is very important that you follow the directions specifically for that oil. You would not want to put on an essential oil that will burn you in a product and then go out into the sun with that!
Aromatherapy uses vital plant materials alter the persons mind, mood, and health. For those who understand the power of the herbs and oils great things can follow from aromatherapy sessions especially when coupled with the massage. It is said that botanical oils reducing anxiety and enhancing energy, and aiding in short term memory. Others have said for it to improve skin conditions, hair loss prevention, and relaxation.
How it works
We can learn all of the healing properties from the botanical oils by breaking down its structure. First the rumors of the Orioles are released and go through the olfactory system and work into the limbic system, The system responsible for controlling our emotional responses. So this being said calling since produced by the oil’s have the same affect on the brain, isn’t that cool?
So when your brain is more relaxed you have a better state of mind and with that relaxation comes for less stress anxiety and depression. Because of this you can look at an old problem in a whole different light, you can register pain in a different perspective, or you can develop and improve sleep patterns, even change the way you eat. All of these things are linked to depression and anxiety.
Uses and Benefits
Essential oils are very popular and massage in aromatherapy but only some can be applied directly to the skin so please be careful. Like I said please do your own research before during any product! Many essential oil‘s need to be diluted and in carrier or oil.
You can also place here essential oils in a diffuser like this one that is sold at inbetween market. The diffuser oil place to scent all throughout the room.
This can also be accomplished by using oil burners and candles.
Research has shown aromatherapy and essential oils to be effective in treating many conditions. Here are just a few examples of a few herbs that can be used:
Anxiety: Lavender, murder, bergamot, chamomile, Rose, pine, vanilla, orange, lime
Headaches: Basil, eucalyptus, chamomile, ginger, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, time, ylang ylang
Menstrual Cramps: Angelica seed, caraway, chamomile, ginger, lavender, rose, rosemary, sage
Depression: patchouly, rosemary, Sandalwood, Angelica, lemon, peppermint, bergamot, Jasmine, lavender, clary sage
Fatigue: Jasmine, frankincense, lemon, basil, Cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, vanilla, peppermint
Lung and Sinus Infections: fennel, ginger, hyssop, Juniper,Teatree, basil, Cedarwood, clove, Cypress, eucalyptus
Indigestion: Rose, rosemary, Sandalwood, lavender, Juniper , lemongrass, verbena, orange, time, and niece, ginger, basil
Muscle Pain: lemongrass, lemon verbena, Sandalwood, bay, caraway, chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, geranium
Are you looking for specific recipes for something in particular? Check out this blog post: 10 Essential Oil Blends for Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is generally safe although deluding is required when using essential oils topically as it can cause burns in skin irritation. Of course you could do aromatherapy at home but the best strategy for an ultimate healing experience is to obtain the service from a professional who is been trained in aromatherapy.
When purchasing an essential oil it should be used within the first few months since the solution will likely start to oxidize within six months or so. When the oxidation occurs, the oil starts to lose its aroma and healing effect. There are some oils that contradict us in fact however like sandalwood and patchouli that actually mature with age so please make sure to do your research on this shelf life of each essential oil that you are getting.