Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from different plant parts such as flowers, barks, stems, roots, and leaves to improve the emotional, physical, spiritual and mental well-being of a person. It contains a lot of benefits for the body and can be applied in many ways like: massaging, reed diffuser, scented candles, oil burners, immersion or topical application. It is a form of alternative medicine that has been growing its popularity over the years.
Here are some of the benefits that aromatherapy can offer you as it is an alternative way of healing.
Helps fight depression
Some of the essential oils used in aromatherapy like: citrus, frankincense and other oils that have vibrant aromas can actually help in fighting depression. So if you are feeling a little bit on the down side, try to go for a massage with the use of these oils and you will have a smile on your face in no time.
Helps in reducing muscle pains
Eucalyptus oil, one of the essential oils used in aromatherapy actually helps in reducing muscle pains and giving you a cool feeling. Say goodbye to those sore muscles and all those clog sinuses because this wonderful oil is sure to give you a solution.
Helps in reducing stress
Aromatherapy is actually relaxing and with the use of certain oils like lavender, chamomile, and grapefruit, you are on the right track to reducing your stress. It also helps in removing the fatigue you get from all day spent working behind the desk. Nowadays, Airlines infuse smells to calm down passengers during flights.
Helps in improving blood pressure
Since essential oils help in relaxing the body, people with hypertension actually have improved blood pressure after they have gone through an aromatherapy session. Essential oils lower blood pressure by dilating arteries, acting as antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress and by decreasing emotional stress. The most effective essential oils for blood pressure are lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage and frankincense. So if you have high blood pressure, you might want to try this and reduce the risk of an attack.
Helps in managing menstrual pain
Menstrual pain like muscle cramps, headache, dysmenorrhea can be reduced by aromatherapy. Clary sage is the best known natural scent to help in reducing the pain. A few drops of clary sage oil to hot compress then apply this hot compress on tummy to reduce the pain. oils can be applied differently as well to get the desired effect that you need.
The benefits mentioned in this article are just the common ones that you can get from aromatherapy. So keep on trying out the different types of oils until you find the right one for you.
So if you are having one of those stressful days, why not light some scented candle, soak yourself in a bath salt sprinkled bubbly bath and pour a glass of red wine to relax your senses.
REMEMBER : It is necessary to read labels first if you are using essential oils for the first time. Most essential oils should be diluted first in a carrier oil such avocado, macadamia or jojoba oil. Pregnant women should also consult physician first before applying essential oils.