Inside Aromatherapy

As you’re reading this article, take a moment to think. Do you have a favorite scent? Everyone does. Maybe it’s coconut, or the scent of fresh cut grass. These smells are most often associated with positive memories and can usually help invoke certain feelings of positivity in those who admire them. Aromatherapy uses this idea to promote a balanced mind and body by employing scents that have been studied and proven to help in the treatment of various mental illnesses including everyday stress. This holistic process is all about controlling energy and mental health in a calm, non-invasive environment shared between practitioner and client. The scents are actually essential oils that are naturally extracted from various plants including lavender, frankincense, ginger, and ginger.

Why Aromatherapy?

Why not trust a natural science that can trace its roots back almost 6,000 years? Essential oils have been used for medical treatment since the days of ancient Egypt. If that’s not enough for you, take comfort in knowing that aromatherapy is used as often in hospitals as it is in spas. While no one knows for certain how aromatherapy works, there is plenty of evidence to say that it does. It can help to relieve pain, improve your mood, and most importantly to a healthy and balanced body and mind, it creates a sense of relaxation. There are a variety of conditions treated with aroma therapy such as:

-Anxiety
-Constipation
-Insomnia
-Psoriasis
-Headaches and Migraines
-Immune System Enhancement
-Reduced inflammation and more!

There are a variety of ways to involve yourself in aromatherapy. It can be incorporated into massages and spa treatments, or can be breathed in directly from cloths, vaporizers, or sprays. Essential oils can also be found in various scrubs, lotions, and creams and can be added to baths at home. It is important to be sure that the scents you are using come from essential oils and are not manufactured for the best benefits. It is highly recommended to practice aromatherapy with trained professionals who can then educate you in the proper ways to continue the practice at home and can offer suggestions of what scents to use and which to stay away from.

What Scents Work?

There are many scents available, and with so many to choose from it is easy to find one that both helps and is pleasurable to inhale. Here are a few of the most popular scents as listed by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Chamomile can help with menstrual cramps, insomnia, and is great for soothing fussy children.
Eucalyptus comes in two varieties – Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalytus Radiata. Both are beneficial in clearing up chest and nose congestion during cold and flu season. Eucalyptus Globulus should not be used on children under two years old.
Ginger is useful in relieving stomach upsets and to aid in your digestive health.
Lavender is very popular for it’s relaxing qualities. It is especially useful for those suffering from excess stress.
Peppermint can help to relieve nausea, muscular pain, and migraines. It should not be used on children under 30 months of age.

These scents can be added to any variety of natural oils including almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and more. Each base oil, like the essential oil they’re mixed with, have their own unique set of benefits, so it’s easy to find the best combination for you. Almond oil, for example can relieve dry skin and related itchiness while sesame oil is considered great for hair and nail restoration and fortification.

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Sources: University of Maryland Medical Center and National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

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