Scientific Benefits Of Aromatherapy
“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.” – Vannoy Gentles Fite
Holistic healing has many types but the one thing in common in all of those types is the healing of mind, body, and spirit to promote the overall well-being of a person. Aromatherapy is one type of holistic healing that uses plant extracts to heal a person’s health – mental and physical.
Aromatherapy is also known as essential oil therapy as it uses aromatic essential oils to medically improve a person’s overall mental, physical, and holistic health. Aromatherapy has been used to treat various ailments for decades. Ancient India, China, and Egypt have always had a healthy source of balms and oils. These natural products have been used for medicinal and psychological purposes.
“Aromatherapy” was first recognized by a French physician and perfumer René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. His book Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy discusses the uses of essential oils in the treatment of medical illnesses.
How Does Aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy works by using the sense of smell and skin absorption using:
- Body oils or lotion
- Face Masks
These days, essential oils are available everywhere – in the market or online. Each essential oil has its own properties and benefits in the healing process.
Benefits Of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has been proven to help with:
- Improving sleep quality
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Soothing muscle and joint pain
- Treating headaches
- Helping with side effects of chemotherapy
- Improving digestion
- Boosting immunity
Some claims on aromatherapy helping to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have yet to be tested.
Aromatherapy Can Help Treat
There are some conditions that aromatherapy can help treat such as:
The most popular essential oils used by therapists and people all over the world are:
- Clary sage oil
- Cypress oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Ginger oil
- Lavender oil
- Lemon and lemongrass oil
- Mandarin oil
- Peppermint oil
- Chamomile oil
- Rosemary oil
- Tea tree oil
- Ylang Ylang oil
These oils can be used in numerous ways such as in lotions, shampoo, soap, moisturizer, diffusers, etc.
While most essential oils are safe to use, they might be harmful if you have any skin allergies. There are some side affects you need to keep in mind before using essential oils:
- Breathing problems
- Allergic reactions
- Irritation on skin
Tip: If you have conditions such as hay allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, eczema, or psoriasis, consult with a doctor first before using these oils.
Keep in mind:
1. Do not apply the oils directly to your skin – dilute them before applying
2. Do a skin patch test before using them
3. If you are skin sensitive, check with your doctor before using the oils
4. Women in labour/breastfeeding should consult their physician first before using the oils
5. Keep children away from the oils and do not swallow them
Aromatherapy is a type of herbal medicine and can be used to treat mental and physical ailments. Essential oil therapy can be effective in treating infections, sleep disorders, and provide muscle and joint relaxation. Essential oils can also help in improving mood, anxiety, stress, and depression.
However small benefits, aromatherapy is effective. Explore the different oils and their effect on your overall health. Aromatherapy shouldn’t be used as a replacement for your ongoing treatment if any. It is used to assist you with your treatment, that’s all.
Always consult your doctor before going for aromatherapy.
Nature has been providing treatment for many ailments and illnesses for thousands of years. All we need to do is to keep looking for the best one for us.
Stay happy, stay healthy!
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