What Is Aroma Therapy And How Does It Work?

Aromatherapy: Diffusing the Scent of Healing

Aromatherapy, also referred to as essential oils therapy, is an alternative treatment to maintain, improve, balance or heal both the conditions of the mind and the body by changing emotional and mental states of a person with the use of essential oils extracted from a selection of florets and herbs.

As with any alternative therapy, particularly if using for any health issues you may be experiencing, play it safe and smart and consult a medical professional before beginning any treatment.

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Aromatherapy Is a Holistic Approach to Achievement of Overall Wellness: How This Perfumed Complementary Method of Therapy Works

The major element that is the heart of aromatherapy: The essential oils used in aromatherapy are composed of little scented molecules which are absorbed through the pores of the skin or breathed right into the lungs. These therapeutic components then pass through the bloodstream and are carried through bodily systems creating an overall calming effect on the person.

These essential oils have high concentration levels which you only need a small amount to bring forth the desired amazing results.

Why aromatherapy is considered all-encompassing: Basically, aromatherapy is a holistic approach to the achievement of overall wellness in that it essentially targets to take away the stress and fatigue of a person’s mind and spirit so great physiological well-being follows through. The principle is that soothing, clearing and relieving the mind and the spirit of stress and fatigue results in resolving any physical issues, pain or even illness which a person may have. Relative to the maintenance of regular medication in the form of capsules and tablets, aromatherapy can address the physical symptoms and problems, and provide treatment in the long term. In this way, aromatherapy can mitigate physical disorders more effectively.

Who performs aromatherapy: Aromatherapy may be performed on you by an aromatherapy specialist or you may perform the treatment yourself using aromatherapy products readily available and packaged for regular home use. The latter may be done if you have no serious illnesses that need to be assessed by an aromatherapy expert yet instead wish to relish in the scents of essential oils on a more regular basis in the comforts of your home and for the purpose of sheer relaxation after a long day. You may also choose to have constant home aromatherapy sessions for preventive purposes, a way for you to fight off potential health dangers and sustain your already good state of general health.

The Different Aromatherapy Modes of Application

Aerial Diffusion for Filling the Environment Where the Aromatherapy Takes Place with Essential Oil Fragrances

Aerial dispersion of aromatic scents makes use of an electric diffuser.

This method of aromatherapy is generally used for creating a reviving, energizing and ambient air where the treatment takes place in order to ease anxiety and fatigue, help relieve erratic sleeping patterns or diagnosed insomnia, uplift the mood and sense of motivation and inspiration, and heighten the sense of consciousness.

Aerial diffusion also intends to improve the quality of the indoor atmosphere and trim down on airborne infectious microorganisms.

Direct Inhalation from a Bowl of Steaming Waters Infused with Essential Oils, from Palm Where the Essential Oils Are Rubbed over, or from the Bottle of the Essential Oil

Use of bowl of steaming waters: Direct inhalation from a bowl of steaming waters, where you add only a few drops of highly concentrated essential oils, is an effective remedy for a congested respiratory tract and infected sinuses. It may also be performed for maintenance or betterment of respiratory functions.

In the method of direct inhalation from a bowl of steaming waters infused with essential oils, it is important to be reminded to keep your eyes closed as you inhale the vapors. Bear in mind the high concentration levels of pure essential oils are very potent. Only a few drops when vaporized can be overwhelming to the eyes when the mist reaches them which may result in irritation or redness. As well, your olfactory senses will be heightened with your eyes closed. You can better focus and experience the desired relief as you breathe in the aroma of the steam.

Direct Inhalation from the Bottle of Essential Oils, Dry Evaporation from Cotton Balls Soaked in Essential Oils, or Use of a Handkerchief Damp with Essential Oils

 This is a technique of sniffing directly from the aforementioned items containing the essential oils.

These methods of direct inhalation are a highly effective supportive therapy whose aim is to relieve emotional distress in that they have a significant positive impact on the body’s nervous system.

Direct inhalation from the palm: Similar to the methods of direct inhalation covered in the preceding section, direct inhalation of essential oils from the palm is intended to relieve emotional distress. However, it is most convenient in that you can perform the therapy as needed with no required supervision and wherever you may be for the simple purpose of relaxing and breathing easy.

Topical Application by Way of Whole Body Massage, Bathing or Therapeutic Skin Care Products

Aromatherapy through a massage, for the most part, makes use of blends of a couple of essential oils. Its purpose if is to relieve symptoms of migraines, muscular pain and spasms, and other physical ailments or injuries.

On the other hand, aromatherapy through full body bathing in a tub of waters where essential oils are thoroughly diluted is useful for the stimulation of better blood circulation, soothing psychological fatigue and anxiety, detoxification, and improvement of tone, elasticity, and suppleness of the skin.

Finally, aromatherapy using therapeutic skin care products involve purchasing clinically approved unscented creams and lotions in which you add and mix in essential oils. This can effectively heal wounds, erase scars, slow down the process of skin aging, and hydrate, moisturize and soften the skin.

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The Most Common Essential Oils Used in Aromatherapy and What They Intend to Relieve

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary oil makes for an amazing mental stimulant in that it is most widely known to enhance the cognitive senses. This makes rosemary oil an effective memory, concentration and mood booster.

While rosemary oil particularly aims to heighten the power of the mind and elevate the spirit, at the same time it also helps with symptoms of aching muscles, bone disorders, and digestive tract problems.

When used in bathing, make sure to leave rosemary oil on your hair and scalp for a considerable amount of time as it is an effective hair growth booster as well.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot oil is used to treat depression and eating disorders. It also helps alleviate the itchiness and inflammation of psoriasis and eczema when applied through a massage or through bath waters.

Moreover, bergamot oil also enhances the functions of the digestive system and especially its accessory organs such as the liver and pancreas.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is great to add to therapeutic skin care products because it is an excellent remedy for skin irritation and rashes, helps reduce cellulite and prevents pimples. While the lemon oil is a fundamental oil, if it is skin treatment and enhancement you wish to achieve with aromatherapy, the essential extract is also truly versatile in that while helping you with better skin, it also boosts the body’s immune system, aids in digestion and regulates better blood circulation.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood oil is most known to treat urinary tract illnesses. It can be best used as an inhalation technique of aromatherapy or for massage therapy for this specific disorder.

In addition, cedarwood oil also has properties which can bring out the youthful glow of the skin.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is just as multifaceted as the lemon oil. It is one of the most widely preferred and effective oils used for aromatherapy. It is known to boost the body’s resistance and fight off infections even before their symptoms surface. Aside from these, tea tree oil also relieve symptoms of skin disorders, burns and wounds. It also has amazing effects on dry and flaky scalp and on eliminating hair lice because of its properties that repel pests and small insects in general.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile oil is a great soothing agent that works best when applied through massage therapy and vapor inhalation. Even with only its steam, it can significantly impact the health of the skin. As well, chamomile oil has pain-killing properties.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus oil has cooling properties that bring instant relief to the mind as well as physical pain in the head and muscles. Its uniqueness lies in its deodorizing properties which cannot be found in many essential oils.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Bathing in tub waters with diluted patchouli oil can mitigate depression and stress. When applied directly to the skin, it can effectively facilitate relieving symptoms of skin infections and inflammation as well as minor wounds.

As well, patchouli oil aids to speed up metabolism and curbs food cravings, which makes it an ideal choice if you are looking to trim down on your weight.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine oil can assist with addiction issues such as nicotine, alcohol and other vices, as it helps alleviate tension both in the mind and in the body. It tends to reduce the anxiety and fatigue which make a person turn to vices as an escape from the troubles and worries of the mind.

Lavender Essential Oil

Another one of the most popular among the various essential oils for aromatherapy, lavender oil is sweet-smelling and can reduce nasal congestion due to cold and flu. It eases the sinuses which may cause constant headaches.

Its aroma can instantly lighten your disposition whenever you feel under the weather. Lavender oil is also one of the safest to be employed for aromatherapy performed on your own. It does not have a lot of restrictions such as the prohibition of use for pregnant women. It is also safe to be used for aromatherapy for children under seven years old.

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-ylang oil can help with symptoms of vertigo, reduce high blood pressure and combat digestive problems. It makes for a good moisturizer and conditioner for the scalp which in turn, promotes faster growth of healthy hair.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is most known for its rejuvenating and energizing effects on a person. It can help sharpen the mind and increase your mental focus, reinforcing cognitive capacities and skills, and increasing the degree of alertness of the body.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood oil can ease chest pains when inhaled through steaming waters, thus making it the ideal option of essential oil for aromatherapy if you are suffering from some heart ailments such as clogged arteries.

Aromatherapy Can Indeed Heal the Mind and the Body

As we have previously established, aromatherapy is definitely a wondrous alternative method of treatment which can be helpful with countless maladies. The procedure dates back thousands of years and proves to be long-standing as we still employ aromatherapy today.

The existence and use of aromatherapy over the years prove it is a tried, tested and proven complementary restorative, as well as preventive, approach to achieving general health and wellness.

It is all-inclusive, eco-friendly and all-natural.

Whichever emotional or physiological conditions it is you may have, aromatherapy has a perfect fitting essential oil to match and counter your health issues, whether it is physical pain or psychological troubles.

However, it is important to be reminded that aromatherapy can be best performed by experts in the field. You have to make sure your skin and other bodily systems will not have any allergic, or any other forms of negative, reactions to the essential oils of your choice.

This is the reason why mixing oils on your own, without broad knowledge on the subject, can prove risky to you. You need a professional aromatherapy specialist who knows which essential oils can be effectively combined with other oils. Also, you need a guarantee that the essential oils to be used in your therapy are from approved sources.

Sally Sokolowski

is the creative mind behind Salt Lamp City.

She has created this website because she is a big fan, not only of salt lamps, but of all things 'natural living'. She never ceases to think of new ways to up her natural living game to the next level. Through this website, she aims to share all of her knowledge with you.

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