Aromatherapy is an alternative form of therapy that uses different kinds of essential oils for emotional and physical well being. It is a holistic approach that uses natural plants extract for treating any mental, physical, and emotional well being.
Usually, in aromatherapy, the blends of essential oils are used in the form of topical applications for massage, inhalation, or water immersion.
Existence and origins of aromatherapy
Aromatic plant substances such as resins balms and oils were used in ancient times for medicinal and religious purposes. It’s been a thousand years from now where this science came into existence. Countries such as India, China, and Egypt have the origin of this kind of therapy. Information about essential oils came up in 16th century in Germany; later on in 19th century, French people recognized the potential of essential oils and their medicinal properties.
The term aromatherapy was introduced by a French perfumer and chemist named Rene Maurice, who later discovered the healing properties of burns by the lavender essential oil.
The functionality of the therapy: It works with the sense of smell and absorption of the oils in the skin.
Various products that are being used for the therapy are diffusers, inhalers body oils, creams, steamers compressors, etc.
Benefits of aromatherapy
- It helps in getting rid of the pain
- Aids in relaxation induces sleep.
- It reduces stress and anxiety.
- Helps in treating headaches and migraines
- It improves immunity, digestion, and also relives in sore joints.
Types of essential oils: clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, lemon mandarin, neroli patchouli peppermint etc. Essential oils are used in numerous ways. For example, it can be added in lotions oils cream carriers, which can be applied topically. It can also be mixed up with shampoo, conditioner mouthwashes diffusers.
The essential oil should not be applied directly to the skin. There are some side effects of it as well, so doctor’s recommendation is a must if there is another medical condition with the person who is going to use it.