The benefits of aromatherapy in our daily lives
Aromatherapy is a gentle healing art using massage and scented essential oils derived from aromatic plants and trees to relieve physical and psychological discomfort and to promote health of body and serenity of mind.
It is found to be most efficient when used to heal the whole person and not only a physical condition. It looks into the causes and the prevention of illness. Health problems are looked at in the context of a person's 'whole' life - mind, body and spirit need to be in a state of equilibrium with each other. If one aspect becomes unbalanced, it can lead to physical or mental illness. In many cases emotional disharmony can eventually manifest as physical illness.
Aromatherapy can help to redress the balance.
During the treatment the oils' chemistry, by its pharmacological action, affects the body and the scent of essential oils can have a powerful effect on the emotions. The effectiveness of the essential oils has been tried and tested over the centuries.
Aromatherapy is now widely accepted as a comprehensive complementary therapy by most healthcare professionals.
People of all ages and health states can use aromatherapy!
'The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.'
Aromatherapy works in two ways:
1. By skin application (massage, ointments, creams, lotions, compresses, etc.)
During the course of treatment, a certain amount of the essential oils is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. The power of penetration is great; the time of absorption may be between 20 to 70 minutes.
Each essential oil has unique properties that can be used to stimulate physical processes such as elimination, circulation, and digestion or to ease muscular tension, aches, pains, etc.
2. By inhalation (bath, steam inhalation, valorization, personal perfumes, shower gel, room spray, etc.)
Essential oils are highly volatile and so they can also enter the bloodstream through the lungs when breathed in.
The fragrance of essential oils, like any other smell, affects our olfactory sense (sense of smell) - the stimulus is received by the region of the brain associated with emotional response and mood change. Essential oils have been observed to trigger favourable emotional response, which usually contrast with the way the individual felt previously.
This might be the first step towards making positive change when one is highly stressed!