Aromatherapy has become fashionable in recent years and you may know what an essential oil is, but do you really know its benefits? In this blog we show you a basic guide to aromatherapy. Keep reading this blog to discover all its health benefits!
Let’s start first with a bit of history… Ancient civilisations (Egypt, Greece, China, Middle East, Native Americans) used aromatherapy in many ways, in baths, in medicine, in massages or even for embalming bodies and then it was introduced in Europe by the Romans.
Today, what we know as modern aromatherapy dates back to 17th and 19th century France and was coined by the chemist and perfumer Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. It uses the healing powers of essential oils through studies in chemistry and pharmacology.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils that have physical and psychological benefits on our health. It is focused on improving well-being, helping to rejuvenate, relieve stress and regenerate the human body. Aromatherapy acts on the olfactory sense and also through absorption into the bloodstream.
Essential oils come from natural flowers, plants, bark and herbs. We remind you that we have another blog where we talk more about essential oils in case you want to know more about them.
Aromatherapy has many therapeutic applications, and has beneficial effects on ailments or illnesses of the body and mind such as:
Aromatherapy is an alternative or complementary medicine technique that promotes physical and psychological well-being. You can find essential oils with antibiotic, analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, astringent, anti-infective (antiviral and antibacterial), anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, diuretic and sedative properties.
Aromatherapy also boosts the immune system and acts as an antihistamine, helps to prevent cell ageing (thanks to the antioxidant properties of plants), is stimulating and sometimes even aphrodisiac.
Every time we smell, olfactory nerves are stimulated and send chemical signals to the brain, the limbic system and the hypothalamus. The limbic system is responsible for the modulation of basic emotions, so there is a direct relationship between the smells we perceive through our nose and our mood.
Emotional aromatherapy or psychoaromatherapy is a cure for body and mind without side effects. Smell is a powerful activator of emotions.
Aromatherapy can be applied in different ways. Here is how:
This is done by diluting the essence in a vegetable oil (avocado, olive oil or wheat germ oil) or lotion. These massages combat everything from headaches, muscle aches and pains to sciatica.
Dilute a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser or bowl of hot water. This reduces sore throats, helps with colds and controls tension.
Mix a few drops of essential oil with a body cream.
This consists of taking a bath with warm water (not too hot so that the oil does not evaporate!) and essential oils. This technique produces a total relaxation effect, works very well for circulatory problems, menstrual problems, colds and headaches.
Some essential oils can be added to herbal teas or water, but you should first consult a doctor because they can be harmful to your health. Taken orally, it can help prevent indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, cystitis, colds, colds, etc.
In the world of conventional cosmetics, synthetic fragrances are often used, but not in natural cosmetics, where essential oils are used. The most popular essential oils in natural cosmetics are the following:
In this category we could include lavender essential oil, orange essential oil, mandarin essential oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, neroli essential oil, jasmine essential oil, chamomile essential oil and frankincense and myrrh essential oil.
In this category we include common essential oils such as eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil. They are well known for their antiseptic properties.
In this last category we include lemon essential oil (the one we use in our eye and lip cream), rosemary essential oil, geranium essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, grapefruit seed essential oil and juniper essential oil.
Remember that aromatherapy does not cure serious illnesses such as cancer and is not a substitute for conventional medicine, but it can relieve the psychological stress of people suffering from these illnesses. To treat each ailment you should first seek professional advice from aromatherapists who have mastered the technique.
Get yourself an aromatic diffuser or essential oil diffuser which is perfect for spreading these healing aromas, a good aromatherapy kit and enjoy the fascinating and wonderful world of aromatherapy! You will be able to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at the same time that you set the atmosphere in your space, you will make it more personal, pleasant, cosy, you will achieve harmony in your private space and you will have positive sensations as soon as you walk in the door. Experience sensations and results following professional advice and become a true alchemist!
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