Fragrance is all around, everywhere and everyday. Aromatherapy uses aroma to heal and it helps the human body on many levels. It is a holistic treatment, utilizing essential oils to create balance and harmony to both the body and mind. It can treat emotional as well as physical problems, helps to think better and improve your performance. The use of essential oils in aromatherapy is very popular.
Essential Oils in Aromatherapy
Essential oils are naturally derived aromatic components which have amazing properties. When used externally, they are easily absorbed through skin and transported throughout the body.
Overall, essential oils exhibit three different ways in action: pharmacological, physiological and psychological.
The psychological effect responds to its smell if it is inhaled.
The pharmacological effect occurs when an essential oil enters into blood cells and reacts with blood hormones.
The physiological mode affects the systems of the body, sedated or stimulated.
Ways to Use Essential Oils in Aromatherapy
The best ways to enjoy their aromatic uses:
1. Basic Inhalation
Add a few drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale. Initially, use one drop to ensure that you do not have any reaction to the oil.
2. Inhalation of Steam
Steam inhalation is effective for colds and chest-related ailments. Boil 1 cup of water and add few drops of oil. Lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply. If you notice any irritation, stop immediately.
3. Candle Diffuser
This method utilizes a tea light or candle to gently heat the essential oil to promote diffusion into a room. A candle diffuser is usually ceramic, glass or metal.
Electric diffusers are alike fan diffusers. These heat diffusers use heat and a fan to gently heat the oil and evenly disperse the aroma into a room. This helps the essential oil to spread the amazing smell to the whole room.
5. Room Scent
Use the steam method, with few drops of the oil or blend to a cup of water and place the bowl in your room.
6. Household Freshening
Add a few drops of oil to your rubbish bin, laundry wash, drain, vacuum bag filter, or on a tissue for placement in your drawers.
7. Insect Repellent
Many essential oils including lemon, lavender, and peppermint act as a natural insect repellent. Use a diluted oil and massage onto skin. Or add an essential oil blended with water in a spray bottle and spray onto skin like insect spray. Be careful when you apply the essential oil directly on delicate areas.
8. Massage Oil
Add a dew drops of essential oil to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil. Massage this oil all over the body. Keep away from eyes and sensitive areas. Do not apply essential Oils to the skin without first diluting.
9. Bath Oil
Add a few drops essential oil to a carrier oil. Add the oil mixture to bath tub. Or you can also add the oil to running water.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
1. Immune system
All essential oils have anti-bacterial properties hence promoting the production of white blood cells, they can also help prevent and treat illness. For instance the antibacterial and antiviral agents in lavender, tea tree provides protection against colds and flu. The febrifuge agents in peppermint, lemon and tea tree reduces fever.
Nose, throat and lung infections respond well to treatment with essential oils. Inhalation is a very effective way of utilizing their properties. They cause an increased bronchial secretion hence beneficial for many respiratory ailments. By inhalation essential oils are absorbed directly into the blood.
3. Skin Health
Diluted essential oils can be spritzed onto the skin and scalp to enjoy its benefits. It reduces acne, dandruff, cellulite, fungus, itching, inflammation, rashes and also helps in wound healing. Some citrus essential oils also helps in improving the skin complexion due to its lightening properties.
Aromatic oils have been used for their power to influence the emotions and states of mind. Though it is already known that two olfactory nerve tracts run right into the limbic system, which means that scents can evoke an immediate and powerful response which defies rational analysis. The oils including lavender and peppermint can help people who feel stressed to relax. You can either apply it or use it in a diffuser or use it in a bath.
5. Sound Sleep
For the treatment of nervous conditions, insomnia, aromatherapy is both useful and effective. The oils helps people unwind and feel less stressed, hence helps to sleep better. Some of the best effective oils include lavender, peppermint, lemon, orange, sandalwood and frankincense.
6. Muscles and Joints
Essential oils are easily absorbed through skin. Oils with a warming effect not only cause a better blood circulation, but also influence the inner organs. They bring a warmth and glow to the surface
of the skin and can provide considerable pain relief through analgesic or numbing effect.
7. Pain and Inflammation
To help soothe muscles, joints, injuries, or headaches, aromatherapy oils can be inhaled or directly applied to the affected area . You can use oils for headaches, such as peppermint, rosemary and frankincense. You can also apply them in diluted form with a carrier oil and use it on the affected area. But if irritation is felt with a particular oil, then try other oils.
8. Reduce Fatigue
In case of depressed moods and mental fatigue, aromatherapy also help to improve positively on alertness and overall mood. It also helps increase alertness and helps to concentrate more well. It makes the fragrance a part of religious and ritualistic purposes.
Aromatherapy oils can help curb acid reflex, ulcers, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness and also pain due to PMS. Massage the essential oil on your belly to calm down the pain or aiding digestion.