Natural Healing Power of Aromatherapy
Monday, March 30, 2015 — 0 Comments
Aromatherapy uses essential oils and aromatic compounds from plant materials. This is often used for healing, altering the mood, and boosting physical wellbeing. It is offered as a form of alternative medicine or complementary therapy.
Although the term aromatherapy might come off as something that has to be inhaled, it can be used for massage.
These are natural extracts taken from leaves, roots, flowers or seeds of plants. However, not all plants can produce oil. The “oil” contains various oil-soluble chemicals that are complex in nature. Every extract has its own active ingredients which can be mixed with other essential oils depending on its purpose.
There are oils that can be used to treat to treat bodily woes, like tea tree oil for soothing sores and acne. Others are used for enhancing relaxation or giving off a pleasant smell to a room.
How it Works
Researchers haven’t entirely found out how aromatherapy works. Experts say that our smell receptors communicate with certain parts of the brain that are responsible for emotions and memories. Essential oils stimulate specific areas of the brain and influence the emotional, psychological, and physical conditions of a person.
To some, aromatherapy works differently because scent perception is personalized and depends on memories and prior experiences.
How to Use Aromatherapy
One of the most common ways to use aromatherapy is by having a diffuser to lightly defuse a specific scent through a room.
Another popular way of using essential oils is by mixing a blend into massage oils, massage lotions, or massage gels, to customize a professional massage treatment. It can also be used along with any professional body treatment products to add another level of healing and relaxation.
You can also use mix essential oils into your baths for a more relaxing and stress-relieving bath time.