Wonders of Aromatherapy
The Wonders Of Aromatherapy
Many alternative organic skin care treatments are quickly gaining popularity today and one of them is aromatherapy. Although it has been around for over 5000 years and has been a trusted practice among cultures all over the world, it was never as popular as it is today. So, let’s quickly cut to the real questions. What is aromatherapy? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work?
It is a type of alternative treatment that utilizes aromatic (fragrant) essential oils that come from an array of healing plants. These essential oils can be utilized in two ways: you can either inhale them by applying a small amount on a piece of cloth, taking an oil-infused bath, or other methods you prefer, or you can apply them directly to the skin. When used properly, they can help you deal with health concerns without opting for traditional treatments and taking strong medication. Natural healers often employ aromatherapy for the many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (pain relieving) effects of aromatic essential oils.
According to research conducted by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Board, the most common reasons people use aromatherapy for, include:
- Pain management
- Enhancing the quality of sleep
- Reducing stress levels
- Dealing with depression
- Providing comfort to sore joints
- Assisting in battling the effects of cancer
The number of therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils has risen to over 40 today, and these can be found in health food stores and online. Some of the most popular and well-known ones that you might have come across include lavender and peppermint oil.
How it Works
Plants contain certain beneficial chemicals which are a means of protection for themselves from insects, rodents, and other harmful elements such as bacteria and viruses. Active ingredients are collected from these chemicals, or oils, and mixed with alcohol to preserve their strength and effectiveness. The resulting concentrated oily formula is very strong and is combined with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, before it can be used for organic skin care and other purposes.
Aromatherapy can be performed in many ways including:
- Diffusing a single oil, or a combination of essential oils into the air
- Inhaling the oil directly from the bottle or from a cloth
- Utilizing the oil during massage therapy
- Taking an oil-infused bath
- Rubbing the oil onto the skin
Uses and Effectiveness
You may be thinking, is aromatherapy really used for the treatment of actual diseases and illnesses? And does it even work? Well, yes. Aromatherapy has been studied in connection with improving not only short-term health problems, but more serious disorders as well. Aromatherapy is beneficial for people suffering from the following diseases.
- Chronic stress
- Muscle and joint pain
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive issues
- Symptoms of PMS or menopause
- Skin problems or disorders
- Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
Other studies conducted on both humans and animals have proven the sedative, stimulant as well as other positive effects of aromatherapy. Its contribution to strengthening our immune system and nervous system can no longer be questioned.