Aromatherapy- A Complete Guide

Aromatherapy is one of the most famous healing form that makes use of various essential oils extracted from the plant. During the session one doesn’t just inhales the “aroma” of the essential oils but also can enjoy the oil’s massage into the skin as well. Adding the essential oils or those highly concentrated oils extracted from the plant to the massage oil or the lotion being used, this therapy is performed.

It has been in use ever since thousands of years back. Even though the therapy was unexplored until the 11th century till the exploration of steam distillation helped in 100% extraction of the essential oils from plants.

 

Currently the essential oils are being used in aromatherapy for benefiting the body in various forms healing the mind and other body systems including the limbic system, the nervous system and skin too.

Why Do People Get Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy massage somewhat similar to the Swedish massage but the only thing that makes is different is the addition of the essential oils in the therapy session.

Mentioned below are the reasons to undergo an aromatherapy

  • It cures issues related to muscle- and joint based problem conditions
  • Works effectively on relieving the physical and mental stress
  • Relieves headache, insomnia and triggers sleep
  • Cures any sort of digestive disorders
  • Heals the premenstrual syndromes (PMS) and back pain

Significance of each oil used in Aromatherapy

Each essential oil taken in use during the aromatherapy massage has its own healing characteristics, as mentioned below-

  • Calming Characteristics – chamomile, lavender, geranium
  • Uplifting Characteristics – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
  • Energizing Characteristics – rosemary
  • Decongesting Characteristics – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree

The massage therapist picks the right oils based on the problem symptoms for better relief.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

It is due to the associated benefits with aromatherapy sessions that this therapy has become highly popular.

Following are the associated benefits with the therapy-

  1. It relieves unnecessary stress

Aromatherapy is amongst the most popular and widespread therapy that has popularised as the biggest stress reliever. The aromatic compounds associated with the different essential oils work as relaxants, soothing the mind, eliminating the anxiety levels.

2. Works as  an Antidepressant

In association with stress relief, it also eliminates the feelings of depression and thus works as an effective antidepressant.

3. Stimulates Memory

Memory loss is one of the biggest fear and leads to  a common widespread disease of Alzheimer that affects process of memory loss among the older folks. This leads to a inability of forming short-term memories. Aromatherapy has been considered as an effective way for slowing down the progression process of this condition.

4. Amplifies the Energy Levels

Amplifying the energy levels, it works similar to the other harmful stimulants such as- coffee, cigarettes, energy pills, or any other illegal substance.

5. Prompts the Healing Process

The essential oils used in the process works as a stimulant prompting the healing rate of the body.

6. Lowers Headaches

The essential oils are a great reliever in case of headaches.

7. Triggers Sleep

The therapy is a great stimulator of sleep and helps in getting rid of the sleep disorders.

8. Reinforces the Immune System

Aromatherapy gives an awesome boost to the body immune system.

9. Relieves Pain

Avoiding the side effects associated with analgesics, the therapy is a real boon for pain relief.

10. Enhances Digestion

Dealing with the digestive, aromatherapy works perfectly on conditions of constipation, indigestion, bloating, and improves metabolism.

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