What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy has been around for hundreds of years because of its healing effects, mood-boosting properties, and many other health benefits.

Aromatherapy is the art of using naturally extracted aromatic oils from plants and is often associated with alternative medicine.

It’s why cultures for centuries have used the sense of smell as a pathway to encourage health and healing. They recognized it as a way to help unify the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

Scent has a powerful effect on your life. Just a hint of a particular aroma can conjure memories—both good and bad.  It can also have a physical effect on you, depending on what you associate with that aroma.

Benefits Of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has an array of benefits. Essential oils can be used to:

  • improve sleep quality
  • soothe sore joints
  • fight bacteria, virus, or fungus infections
  • manage pain
  • improve digestion
  • reduce stress, fatigue, agitation, and anxiety
  • treat migraines and headaches
  • boost immunity

How To Use Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption. A simple way of using essential oils is through an oil burner or diffuser. Add three to five drops of essential oil to some water, and enjoy the diffusion for 30–60 minutes. Essential oils are powerful, and are directly absorbed into your body and those around you so don’t diffuse them all day long.”

If you don’t have a diffuser or oil burner at home, you can put some of drops on a tissue, and simply inhale as and when you need.

Also, you can use essential oils as an aromatherapy bath blend. Use six drops of an essential oil of choice in 10ml of a base carrier oil such as jojoba oil or sweet almond and then add it to warm running water. If you add only essential oils to your bath directly, it will stay on top of the water and could irritate your skin when in contact with it.

Other ways to use aromatherapy includes: aromatic spritzers, inhalers, bathing salts, adding to body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application, facial steamers, hot and cold compresses and clay masks.

When To Indulge In Aromatherapy

Essential oils can be used practically anywhere. Aromatherapy is beneficial when you’re feeling overwhelmed or having a particularly stressful day. Use at:

  • Office to stay alert
  • During massage to improve the calming effect on body and mind
  • Before bedtime to increase the quality of your sleep
  • For extra brain power
  • During yoga or meditation

Takeaway

With the variety of essential oils and the benefits they bring into your life, consider practicing aromatherapy. As you explore the uses of essential oils, pay attention to how the different oils and methods of use affect you.

Also, use essential oils with caution if you have; hay fever, asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, eczema and psoriasis. Always talk to your doctor before starting any aromatherapy treatment.