Aromatherapy: Ancient Practice, Modern Magic

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Aromatherapy: Ancient Practice, Modern Magic

 

T he use of alternative and complimentary therapies with mainstream medicine has gained momentum. Aromatherapy is one of these complimentary therapies which uses essential oils as the major therapeutic agents to treat ailments. Essential oils or volatile oils are extracted from the flowers, barks, stem, leaves, roots, fruits and other parts of the plant by various methods. Aromatherapy is often used to improve mood, change cognitive states, and can also be utilized as a supplemental medicine.

Essential oils came into existence after scientists deciphered the antiseptic and skin permeability properties of the oils. Inhalation local application and baths are the major methods used in aromatherapy. Once the essential oils are in the system, they remodulate themselves and work in a gentle manner at the affected area. One of the most satisfactory aspects of using essential oils medicinally and cosmetically is that they enter and leave the body with efficiency, leaving no toxins behind.

Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasn’t well-known until the 11th century with the development of steam distillation. One of the most important elements of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than oils would on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative healers.

Recent studies conducted using functional imaging scans have shown that fragrant aromatherapy oils have positive effects on the primitive region in the brain called the limbic system, which helps control both emotional responses and behaviors. The key to achieving results from aromatherapy is to use pure, therapeutic grade oils rather than those with synthetic ingredients. The effectiveness of aromatherapy practices depends on the quality of the oils, the combination and the dosage.

One of the most widespread and popular uses of aromatherapy is relaxation and stress relief. Lavender is believed to have a practically universal calming effect that lowers activation of the sympathetic nervous system responsible for the fight or flight response. Many aromatherapy oils help people unwind and feel less stressed, so they can be very useful for regulating sleep. Diffusing essential oils in your bedroom can create a calming environment that can help you get a more restful sleep and even realign your circadian rhythms.

Depending on the oils chosen, aromatherapy can be used to treat respiratory issues, improve skin health, soothe inflammation and increase energy levels ask from a few tiny drops!

Diffusing Blends

Sleep

Lavender, Clary Sage, Chamomile.

Stress Relief

Orange, Frankincense

Energy

Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, and Bergamot

Mood Boosting

Bergamot, Lemon, Orange

Sinus Relief

Eucalyptus, Peppermint

 

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