What Is Aromatherapy and How Can It Change Your Life?
I’ve gotten really specific over the last few weeks on how to use certain essential oils for particular health problems, but this week, we’re taking it back to basic, and rediscovering what aromatherapy is and some of it’s many benefits.
At this point, there are very few people who haven’t heard of aromatherapy, these amazing essential oils have been used for centuries, by the Romans, Egyptians and even others before their time.Now it’s more typical to use them at the yoga studio, in your home, office, bedroom, or spa.
While people use essential oils just for their amazing scent, they bring so many more benefits to your body than just a pleasant smell. Just a few drops of essential oils can have a huge positive influence over the body. To get the best results, lets take a closer look into aromatherapy, how to use it and what it can do for you.
What Is Aromatherapy?
Also known as essential oils therapy, aromatherapy implies the use of naturally extracted essences from various medicinal flowers, plants, and herbs that have a positive effect on the body and the mind.
The fact that aromatherapy is considered an alternative medicine practice is not new. It has proven its amazing power to improve health after being inhaled or applied to the skin, thanks to the beneficial chemicals contained by the plants. The essential oils have a very concentrated formula and contain active ingredients obtained from the plants through distillation.
How Can Aromatherapy Be Used?
There are various ways in which you can use essential oils. Aromatherapy using oil diffusers has proven to be one of the most popular and you can use a single type of oil or a combination of them. Also, massage therapy using oils is very effective, especially when it’s done in the areas where there is a medical problem.
The human body has a few pressure points that can influence the entire well-being of a person and by applying some diluted essential oils on them, you can improve your health.
Also, don’t be afraid to apply a few drops of essential oil on your clothing or pillow if you’re looking to have a good night’s sleep.
How Can You Benefit from Aromatherapy?
There are many ways in which aromatherapy can improve your life and lots of fun ways to discover your favorite aroma, blend, and application method. You can also work backwards, by seeing what health problem you’re suffering from, and pick the corresponding blend to help you with:
- weight loss
- so much more
Did you know aromatherapy can also improve health conditions such as chronic stress, depression, or insomnia. For these, you can use a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil.
Moreover, a muscle or joint pain can be reduced if you add a few drops of rosemary, ginger or basil essential oil to the massage lotion.
Other health issues that can be improved with the help of aromatherapy are related to respiratory infections. Tea tree or peppermint essential oil can make a difference and reduce the healing time if they are used correctly.
Aromatherapy can improve your overall health with continuous use, without the need for traditional medication (unless we’re talking about serious diseases). It is important to remember that essential oils are naturally extracted from plants, making them the best solution when it comes to natural mild medical help.
With an important role in healing, essential oils also have the power of preventing health issues for people of all ages and even for children. There is no reason why you shouldn’t try aromatherapy and feel the benefits for yourself.
If you’re itching to find out more, take a look our recommended list of oils to make your own starter kit with and the best diffuser or humidifier to use them with.