Ahhh Smell that smell! The benefits of Aromatherapy are abundant! The professional use and application of essential oils can be used to enhance healing or as a lifestyle all it’s own.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy occur by absorption of essential oils into the body either through the skin or inhalation. This occurs either by inhalation or by being absorbed into the skin. When an essential oil is inhaled, it activates the nerve cells in the nasal cavity which send impulses that stimulate the brain and produce positive feelings and emotions, while at the same time substances of the essential oils are drawn into the lungs and then quickly absorbed into the bloodstream providing physical therapeutic benefits. Moreover, when an essential oil is applied to skin(never undiluted by a non-professional), it penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream this way.
Therefore, aromatherapy can be helpful in combating various conditions and promoting emotional well-being. The most noteworthy psychological benefits of aromatherapy are spirit stimulation, mental clarity, stress relief and mood improvement. Physical benefits of essential oils are enhancing the circulation system, support of the the immune system, regulation of human hormones and aid in skin regeneration..
The most common way for people to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home is with an aromatherapy massage. However, it is important to remember that essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin unless under the guidance of a trained aromatherapist.
You can also enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy by purchasing scented candles, soaps or body lotions. If you have some experience with soap making or candle making, you can also create your own homemade aromatherapy products. Just remember that whenever an essential oil is being dispersed through a scented product, you need to be aware as to whether they are perfumed (synthetically made) or from essential oils.
Don’t confuse essential oils with fragrance oils, but these two products serve entirely different purposes. Fragrance oils are synthetic scents that have been created in a laboratory, while essential oils are made from natural plant extracts. Both have a pleasing smell, but only essential oils offer the benefits of aromatherapy. Essential oils are are highly concentrated and must be harvested with great care.
While aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular among those who are interested in alternative medicine, people need to use extreme care when implementing them into a healthy lifestyle. Certain essential oils can be dangerous for pregnant women and children. People with epilepsy, heart disease, asthma or other chronic medical conditions should also be cautious when experimenting with the aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is an alternative complementary medicine and should not be used as the major treatment, but as an addition to the healing process of the standard medical care. Seek out the guidance and knowledge of a trained professional aromatherapist to know if this is a safe and effective way for your healing and wellness strategy.