What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a kind of treatment where the patient is treated with the use of scents from essential oils and botanical oils which are very pleasant to smell such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, peppermint oil etc.
It is a complete treatment which has physical as well as psychological benefits. Aromatherapy is done by adding the essential oils to the bath, to the skin by way of massage, can be directly inhaled or dispersed in the entire room.
Benefits of Aromatherapy:
Aromatherapy has many benefits such as alleviating pain, skin care, relieving fatigue and tension and rejuvenating the complete body. It also has psychological benefits by acting as a mood elevator, resolving fatigue, decreasing anxiety and increasing relaxation by giving the patient a sense of profound calm. They are also thought to help in hair loss and improving short term memory. Aromatherapy does not directly cure any disease or illness per se, but they help in treatment by boosting the body's immunity which leads to a natural cure. When these oils are inhaled, they act on the nervous system and brain by arousing the function of the olfactory nerves.
About Essential Oils:
The essential oils are botanical extracts which are aromatic in nature. These oils are obtained from flowers, plants, fruits, bark, seeds, trees and grass. They have unique physiological, psychological and therapeutic characteristics which help in improving and preventing illness. Around 150 essential oils are present. Majority of them consist of antiseptic properties; other than this, they also have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, analgesic, expectorant and anti-depressant properties. Essential oils or aromatherapy help in stimulating the nervous system, relaxing the mind, aids in digestion and also has a diuretic action. Aromatherapy can be utilized in the following 3 methods:
- Directly inhaling them.
- Applying them topically to the skin.
- Diffusing them in the environment.
Some Of The Specific Benefits Of These Essential Oils:
Lemon, chamomile, peppermint and jasmine oils help in relieving stress and act as antidepressant. Lavender and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties and are used in soaps and lotions and help in healing. Peppermint oil helps in getting rid of the ants. Essential oils should not be used in a concentrated form, but should be mixed or diluted with other oils which are termed as carrier oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. If the essential oils are applied to the skin in a concentrated form, then they can cause irritation to the skin.
Essential oils only work to their full capacity if they are extracted from unadulterated, raw materials which are completely natural. Oils which are made synthetically don't benefit at all and should not be used. Consumer should be careful before buying these essential oils.