The Science Of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is widely used to promote emotional and physical ailments. Find out why.
It is said that aromatherapy can balance and heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Aromatherapy has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, but the public has just recently become aware of it.
Aromatherapy is the use of “essential oils” derived from plants. The oils are either applied to the body or inhaled. Common ways are by adding oils to bath water, through massage, or by a diffuser, which can fill a room with aroma.
The human nervous system will react to scents. Some smells produce a sedated relaxed effect, while others may revive or excite. Some oils have antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral properties. This explains why they are also used to treat physical ailments.
Below are some examples of oils and their uses:
As with any type of therapy, caution should be used before trying aromatherapy. It is important to educate yourself about the proper uses, doses and applications of the oils. If you have any doubts consult an aromatherapist.
- For bronchitis, inhale eucalyptus or frankincense
- Add a drop of lavender or tea tree on cuts
- To combat fatigue, fill the room with the smell of mint or rosemary
- Treat a migraine with chamomile or clary-sage
The effects of aromatherapy have been scientifically proven. If you would like to test it out yourself, think of how you feel when you smell your favorite smell. Does the smell of an evergreen make you feel holiday cheer? Does the scent of peppermint make you feel alert? Or perhaps the odor of cedar makes you remember that cozy log cabin that relaxes you. Experiment with some of your favorite scents and have fun. There is a whole world of smells awaiting you.