Aromatherapy is a holistic healing procedure that uses extracts of plants to promote general health and well-being. Essential oils of various natural plants are used to stimulate positivity and improve health of the body, mind and spirit.
Ancient cultures of India, Egypt and China aromatic component of plants such as resins, barks, flowers, peels, roots and oils were extracted and used for medical and religious purposes. They have shown improvement in people with anxiety, insomnia, decongestion, menstrual pain, depression and energy levels.
How aromatherapy works?
Aromatherapy is either inhaled and smelt or used as an oil to massage to facilitate absorption through the skin. The following products are used in the therapy, either separately or in combination.
The oils are known to activate certain areas of the limbic system of the brain. Limbic system plays an important role in emotions. Activation helps in secretion of some “feel-good” hormones like serotonin that helps in relaxing. This kind of relaxation in mind leads to better healing of the body.
Products used in Aroma therapy:
Benefits of Aroma therapy:
The following are the benefits observed by people using aroma therapy:
Therapist and expert in Aroma therapy:
Aromatherapist first gets to know about your lifestyle, general health and stress levels. Based on these and many other factors, the therapist will suggest a treatment plan. The plan may include a combination of visits to clinic and procedures to follow at home. In case you are suffering from any particular illness or a chronic condition, it would be wise to consult your physician before going for aromatherapy.
Currently, an informal training and a general know-how is enough to qualify as an aromatherapy. However, it is recommended that a therapist must know the general body anatomy and physiology, the origin and insertion of the various muscles of the body and the use of essential oils. This kind of knowledge requires a standardized curriculum and training.
Is Aromatherapy safe?
Aromatherapy is found to be safe if they are used correctly. For example, one must not ingest the oils that are meant for topical application. Further, people who are vulnerable to asthma must be careful about the oils they use. Also, if you are taking any long-term medications, it is better to discuss with your doctor before seeking aromatherapy.