Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. It is also sometimes called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oil medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Aromatherapy is regarded both an art and a science. Recently, it has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.
How long has aromatherapy been around?
Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits.
The term “aromatherapy” was coined by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic that was published in 1937. He had previously discovered the healing potential of lavender in treating burns. The book discusses the use of essential oils in treating medical conditions.
You can use essential oils in any number of ways. For example, add them to body lotions or carrier oils, and then apply them topically. Try enhancing a facial toner, shampoo, or conditioner with essential oils. Or incorporate them into liquid soap, toothpaste, or mouthwash. You can also diffuse or spritz the oils throughout a room or pour them into a bath.
According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, the most popular essential oils are:
clary sage , cypress , ginger , lavender , lemongrass , patchouli , peppermint , rose , rosemary , tea tree , ylang ylang and others.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
- manage pain
- improve sleep quality
- reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety
- soothe sore joints
- treat headaches and migraines
- alleviate side effects of chemotherapy
- ease discomforts during labor
- fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
- improve digestion
- complementary therapy for hospice and palliative care patients
- boost immunity
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the practice of using naturally extracted fragrance or essences from aromatic botanical material to promote the health and general well-being of your body, mind and soul. The essences, called essential oils, which extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and woods. The essences contain the vital life force of fragrant botanical plants. Currently, there are about three hundred of the essential oils, which between them constitute an extremely effective medical system. In aromatherapy, they can restore balance and harmony to your body and mind, while adding depth, dimension and definition to your life.
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