What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the inhalation and application of volatile essential oils from aromatic plants to restore or enhance health, beauty and well-being. The basic intention of Aromatherapy is to bring together the scientific achievements of man with his intuitive understanding for the treatment of illnesses with the most effective and useful natural essential oils.
Conforming with the laws of nature, the principle of Aromatherapy is to strengthen the self-healing processes by preventative methods and indirect stimulation of the immune system.
Their field of activity is quite wide, ranging from deep and penetrating therapeutic actions to the extreme subtlety of unique fragrance. Simply put, essential oils can be used to enhance health as well as the quality of life. Aromatherapy is an ancient yet timely and stunningly modern approach to total well-being that is in tune with nature.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are highly concentrated plant extract with characteristic odors. They are highly volatile, meaning that they evaporate easily. While the specific characteristics of oils vary, generally essential oils are non-oilyseeming more like water than oil, though most are oily-feeling.
They are less dense than water, often able to float on top of water. They are insoluble in water but will impart odor to water. They mix well with alcohol, ether, fixed vegetal oils, and organic solvents.
What Are The Effects?
Oils can directly or indirectly affect the body’s physiological systems. For instance, a couple of drops of peppermint taken orally can aid digestion and inhalations of mucolytic oils can relieve respiratory symptoms.
Used topically for their antiseptic and soothing effects, essential oils can successfully treat minor skin conditions, warm and heal muscles, and because of the effect of relaxation on the brain and the subsequent sedating or stimulating of the nervous system, essential oils can also indirectly raise and lower blood pressure and possibly aid in normalization of hormonal secretion.
Because of the sense of smell’s direct connection to the brain, sending electrical messages directly into the limbic system, essential oils can have effects on emotions and mental states. Perception of odors can have a major impact on memory, learning, emotions, thinking and feeling. As therapeutic agents, essential oils work similarly to tranquilizers but in a subtle organic way. Most scents uplift spirits and calm the nervous system.
Popular oils which work multidimensionally include lavender which is calming and often used as a sedative; basil, rosemary and peppermint are uplifting and used for mental stimulation; and jasmine and ylang-ylang are exciting or euphoric.
How Do Essential Oils Work?
Essential oils work in harmony with the body to normalize and balance the physical, emotional, and spiritual landscape. They produce certain effects that we can count on, but can also adapt to the needs of different people. Used for their undisputed anti-microbial and antiseptic effects, essential oils are not only less toxic than synthetic antibiotics but also support life by working with the body’s own natural healing abilities, through which the only true healing occurs.
Certain oils, such as Roman chamomile, have cell regeneration qualities, are antiseptic, and have wound healing effects as well as anti-fungal and anti-inflammative properties making them the ultimate active principles for holistic natural skin-care.
How Are Essential Oils Used?
Essential oils can be used in many different ways ranging from topical use, to inhalation, to ingestion. Common sense and education should accompany essential oil applications for particular medicinal results. Safety data is mandatory knowledge for anyone using essential oils on the skin, as many are irritating or sensitizing as well as photo-toxic.
With in depth understanding of essential oils and particular safety issues, aromatherapy provides health and body care on a completely natural basis. The subtle qualities of oils lend themselves best to a gradual experience.
The combination of factual information from reference books now being offered, coupled with a developed intuition make one capable of generating spectacular successes in self-healing. At first, using essential oils is pleasant; this experience then grows into a heightened awareness of increased health as a consequence of external use of essential oils. Money-wise, aromatherapy can cut your health care and cosmetic bills.