Aromatherapy is an alluring journey into an ancient holistic healing art literally meaning ‘a therapy using aromas.’Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, increase energy and reduce the effects of stress while restoring the mind-body balance.
How does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy uses naturally extracted aromatic essences or oils from parts of plants such as flowers, bark, stems and leaves to improve physical and emotional health, and to restore balance to the whole person.
Aromatherapy works on our sense of smell and by absorption into the bloodstream. About 15 per cent of the air we inhale goes to the roof of the nose, where olfactory receptors transport odours straight to a part of the brain called the limbic system. This area is connected with instinct, mood and emotion and it is believed that aromatherapy may stimulate the release of chemicals which in turn play a part in unlocking emotions.
Is aromatherapy safe? Can everyone use it?
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with aromatherapy and these may differ from person to person. Ask your aromatherapist to explain how these risks apply to you.
In general, aromatherapy is safe. However, it’s important to handle aromatherapy oils carefully and always dilute them according to the product instructions. Aromatherapy may not be appropriate for everyone, especially if you have:
Aromatherapy oils can also have some temporary side-effects like headaches, feeling sick, allergies and skin irritation.
What can aromatherapy be used for?
The body has self-healing mechanisms toheal and often only needs gentle stimulation of a natural product (inthis case essential oils) and an appropriate lifestyle regime toencourage it back to health. Aromatherapy seems to have the most beneficial effect on minor ailments, digestive problems, pre-menstrual tension, stress-related illness and some skin complaints. Some essential oils such as tea-tree oil are widely used for their antiseptic properties.
Aromatherapy is extremely unlikely to cure major illness,we do not recommend that it is used on its own in place of conventional medicine. It can however, be used to help alleviate any psychological stress experienced by sufferers of major disease or illness.
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How does one get started with aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment for well being. So it depends on the person to choose.
He/she can opt for aromatherapy if he is not satisfied with the ongoing treatments. Always look out for a certified aroma therapist. They may suggest diffusion, inhalation or massages depending on the problem.
Diffusion: A person may diffuse the oil in the diffuser (there are special oil diffusers) in the room, car etc. Usually diffusing is preferred when a person wants to relax and be calm.
Inhalation: Putting few drops of essentials in water and inhaling it will prove efficient for cold cough, sinusitis.
Massages: Massages with essential oils are done for muscle aches.
If a person has adequate knowledge regarding the oils he may prefer to do in on his own.
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