What Is The Use Of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant, concentrated oils from parts of plants, such as their flowers, fruit, stalks, roots, and bark, for the purpose of improving a person's health and well-being.
Intended Use For Essential Oils
Although its name suggests that it is primarily a form of aroma or smell therapy, the essential oils are, in fact, intended mainly to be absorbed into the body via the skin, through massage, and the lungs, through inhalation for aromatherapy to work.
Branch Of Herbal Medicine Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine
that uses the essential oils found in plants for their healing or medicinal properties. There are several things to be concerned about when using essential oils, in addition to the purity of the oils themselves. Some individuals experience a skin reaction (dermatitis) to certain oils when they are applied, whereas others suffer skin irritation from overuse. More serious are instances in which oils are incorrectly taken internally for aromatherapy.
Mind And The Body
As a holistic therapy, aromatherapy is believed to benefit both the mind and the body.
As far back as the time of the Egyptians, fragrant oils were recommended for bathing and massage, and plant fragrances were used against the plague in both ancient and medieval times. However, not until the 1930s was aromatherapy formalized by its advocates as a specialized branch of herbal medicine.
Aromatherapists select particular oils for certain conditions, using a plant's essential oils or aromatic essences, which are the concentrated substances produced by plants for specific purposes such as repelling insects or enemies, storing energy, or attracting pollinating insects. Aromatherapy has Each oil, which has its own scent, as well as its own claimed healing characteristics.
Inhalation And Absorption
These oils enter the body through inhalation and absorption. Inhalation can be as simple as putting a drop of oil on a handkerchief (to promote relaxation) for aromatherapy. Massage is the most common form of absorbing the oils directly into the body through the skin, and is considered the most effective method. A visit to an aroma therapist could last as long as one and a half hours.
After the therapist gains an understanding of the patient's concerns and needs, whether for stress relief or a physical condition, the therapist will select a blend of oils and mix them in a neutral carrier like vegetable oil. After the patient undresses and lies on a massage table covered by a towel, the therapist begins the massage.
Aromatherapy proponents argue that it works on the mind as well as the body. The body is affected directly, since the tiny molecular structure of the oils allows them to penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the bloodstream. Then, depending on the particular "healing properties" of the specific oil, the oil produces an internal effect that can be diuretic, anti-inflammatory. The mind is affected by aromatherapy via the sense of smell. Whether inhaled directly or as a result of the fragrance emitted by an oil massage.
Aroma Enters Through Nose
First, the aroma enters the nose and is received by the cilia or fine hairs that are linked to the olfactory nerve, which then transmits its converted, electrical message to the brain itself. This message is received in the limbic system, the more primitive part of the brain, which has been called the "emotional switchboard of the brain." Stimulation of the brain's limbic system is considered a direct pathway to influencing an individual's mood, emotions, and overall alertness.
Aromatherapy Can Be Dangerous
Aromatherapy can be dangerous if Essential oils can be dangerously toxic if taken internally. Oils applied externally also can have a powerful, unintended effect, such as producing uterine contractions in a pregnant woman. In general, it is important not to overestimate the healing properties of oils. A physician should be consulted if a critical situation occurs. Certain scents are known to soothe and relax the body and mind. Aromatherapists claim regular relief for patients with physical conditions like headaches and emotional situations like anxiety and irritability.
Note: Image(s) the courtesy of http://www.ifaroma.org