WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY
Written by: Akhilesh Dev | Posted: June 4, 2019 at 4:38 am | Total Comments: 11
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.”
Aromatherapy applications include massage, topical applications, and inhalation. The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
However, users should be aware that “natural” products are also chemicals, and they can be hazardous if used in the wrong way. It is important to follow the advice of a trained professional when using essential oils.
Inhalation: the oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser container, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in, for example, in a steam bath.
Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.
Topical applications: massage oils, and bath and skin care products are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can boost circulation and increase absorption. Some argue that areas that are richer in sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head or the palms of the hand, may absorb the oils more effectively.
Essential oils are never applied directly to the skin. They must always be diluted with a carrier oil. Usually, a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil is the concentration. To achieve a 0.5 to 1 percent dilution, use 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. For a 5 percent dilution, add 30 drops to one ounce of carrier. Most common carrier oils are sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil.
Always do an allergy test before trying a new essential oil. Some people report developing allergies to essential oils after using them many times before. If a new allergic response appears, the individual should stop using it immediately and avoid its smell.
What do essential oils do?
There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties. There are more than 400 essential oils.
I use lavender, rosemary, lemon and peppermint for my massage therapies!
– Lavender essential oil: is used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns and to enhance relaxation and sleep. It is said to relieve headache and migraine symptoms.
– Rosemary essential oil: may promote hair growth, boost memory, prevent muscle spasms, and support the circulatory and nervous systems.
– Lemon essential oil: is said to improve mood, and to help relieve the symptoms of stress and depression.
– Peppermint essential oil: is a natural antidepressant and muscle relaxant. Acts as a stimulant in the bloodstream which promotes a healthy circulation.
Using essential oils yourself at home:
Speak to a qualified aromatherapist before using any oils at home. Some oils can cause skin irritation.
Some people add a few drops of specific essential oils to:
– water in an oil burner to enjoy the pleasant and relaxing smells
– a handkerchief or boiling water to help relieve breathing problems and a blocked nose
– a warm bath to help with anxiety or sleeping problems
Essential oils are generally safe if you use them in the right way.
Some oils can cause the following:
– a skin reaction or allergic reaction
– some oils may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight if applied before sun exposure
– the smell of certain oils might remind you of something unpleasant, and you might dislike it
Why people with cancer use it?
People with cancer use aromatherapy because it makes them feel good. Many say that it can help lift their mood and improve their well being. It helps them feel like they are helping themselves. Research has suggested that at least for the short-term, massage therapy for cancer patients may reduce pain.
Research into aromatherapy and cancer:
There is no scientific evidence that aromatherapy can cure or prevent cancer. Most studies seem to suggest it might help as a complementary therapy. That is for some symptoms in people with cancer. Many studies have been small. We need more research to learn how aromatherapy can help. And we need to compare it to other accepted treatments. For hospitals that offer complementary therapies, aromatherapy is often one of the popular treatments.