Aromatherapy : What It is And What Does It Do

Whenever we talk about aromatherapy, we start visualizing a picture of a shadowy atmosphere in a closed chamber, scented candles, potpourri and a comforting feel as you enter that space. Actually aromatherapy is an alternative treatment with an aim of unifying the physical, mental and spiritual set up of an individual with the help of essential oils. The term “aromatherapy” was coined by the French chemist and perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse in his book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” which deals with the medicinal application of herbs for treating a wide range of physical ailments.

 

Synergy is the key element of aromatherapy

The most important factor of aromatherapy treatment is a synergy of essential oils with some carrier oil that can give almost an endless range of therapeutic effects. It is always advisable not to use an essential oil directly on your affected area, but combine it with some career oil as the essential oils may have some allergic reaction to your skin. Also, using essential oils can give you severe side effects if you apply them without mixing with any carrier oil. However, if you choose aromatherapy for treating any chronic ailment, consult a trained aroma-therapist to avoid any toxic reaction if you combine in wrong proportions.

Aromatherapy is a remedial therapy that has been used in different cultures since ancient times for some physiological reactions. The aroma oils are sometimes massaged to the affected area or they are inhaled as vapors for stimulating the nerves of the places that are causing you distress.

  • Relieves you of stress and revitalizes your nerves

The commonest and most widespread use of aroma oils is for stress relief or any other kind of cognitive therapy. Lavender, ylang-ylang, peppermint, jasmine, chamomile, lemon oil and other essential oils of the same group can relieve you from stress and soothe your mind. Aroma oils are also proved to have therapeutic effect as anti-depressants.

  • A great pain relieving agent

If you are taking analgesics for a long time to get relief from joint pain or arthritis, try using aroma oils made from chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus for having a permanent remedy from your pain and also keeping away the harmful side effects of analgesics.

  • Improves your digestion

There are some citrus aroma oils that are used for treating conditions like bloating, constipation and other metabolic disorders. You can choose chamomile, lavender, ginger, fennel and other essential oils that will boost your digestion and improve your metabolism.

  • A great antidote for an aching head

Every one of us suffers from headache for many reasons- cold, sinus, migraine or even anxiety. It is our habit to rush to the nearest chemist corner for over-the-counter medicines. But these pain killers have serious side-effects that can be life threatening for you in future. So how about trying a remedial therapy that will cure your pain without any side effect and give you a fresh energetic feeling? Essentials oils made from eucalyptus, sandalwood, and peppermint have proved to be extremely helpful in curing common headaches. You can use oils from coconut, avocado, sesame, apricot and even almond as carrier oils along with your  aroma oils. Massaging these aroma oils in your neck, temples and even on your skin will give you good result.

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