In a world that is continuously running, it is easy to get stressed out which makes it all the more crucial to seek peace & calm. Aromatherapy is such a healing that brings balance to your daily stressful activities.
It is a holistic treatment that uses natural, organic and pure plant extract to promote health & well-being; this method is also called essential oil therapy.
This type of treatment enhances both physical and emotional health. It is thought of as both an art and a science.
How does Aromatherapy treatment work exactly?
Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell, skin and absorption using products such as diffusers, aromatic spritzers, inhalers, bathing salts, body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application, hot and cold compresses clay masks etc. These can be used individually in any combination.
Essential oils are generally available online but it’s important to check if they are regulated by the FDA & 100% natural.
Now each essential oil has it’s unique healing properties, uses, benefits and effects. Combining some oils for a therapy creates a more synergistic blend and approach towards self-body care.
Aromatherapy benefits in various ways :
- Helps manage pain
- Improves sleep quality
- Reduces stress, agitation, and anxiety
- Soothes sore joints
- Treats headaches and migraines
- Alleviates side effects of chemotherapy
- Fights bacteria, virus, or fungus
- Improves digestion
- Improves hospice and palliative care
- Boosts immunity
Aromatherapy is known to have treated some medical conditions like asthma, insomnia, fatigue, depression, inflammation, peripheral neuropathy, menstrual issues, arthritis, menopause & even cancer.
Some of the popular aromatherapy oils include cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, patchouli, peppermint, roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, tea tree.
We can use these oils in numerous ways like add them to body lotions, carrier oils or apply them topically. One can also try enhancing their facial toners, shampoos or conditioners with essential oil ingredients. Open air diffusers or spritz oil works best throughout the room.
One may wish to meet a certified aromatherapist when they are first getting started with aromatherapy. A lot of them you can search and find in the online directory or through homeopathic or ayurvedic doctors/consultants.
During consultation sessions, it is advised to talk about one's lifestyle and health (both mental and physical) with the assigned therapist. Together one can come up with the desired treatment needed to meet goals and manage symptoms.
While most essential oils are safe to use, there may be some side effects as well which one should take precautions for. Don’t apply essential oils directly to your skin, always use carrier oils to dilute it. In these cases, always remember to take a skin patch test before you decide to use it fully.
It is always better to explore different kinds of essential oils before you go for an aromatherapy treatment and pay attention to how different oils and methods affect you.