Aromatherapy has really taken off in the last few years. A quick walk down the aisle in any whole foods store will reveal dozens upon dozens of essential oils you can purchase. Yet many people don’t really understand aromatherapy. In this article, we’ll give a brief overview of aromatherapy, its approach and its uses.
An Overview of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a method of healing based on stimulating different parts of your brain using scents and smells. Both scientific and anecdotal evidence shows that breathing in scents has a real effect on a person’s health and well being. Aromatherapy is the art that’s been developed from those findings.
To sum it up, aromatherapy is the art of healing through smells.
Aromatherapy is considered by many to be a great alternative to more intrusive traditional medicines. It’s a great way to cure psycho-somatic diseases (physical diseases caused by mental or emotional issues.)
The Natural Healing Approach of Aromatherapy
One key thing about aromatherapy is its completely natural approach. One reason people turn to aromatherapy is because they want to avoid taking harmful medicines or altering their body with chemicals in order to cure their ailments.
Instead they choose aromatherapy, an approach with no outside chemicals apart from what’s produced in plants. A good essential oil or aromatherapy product will have no outside chemicals in it.
Although there are many companies taking advantage of the aromatherapy arena by producing synthetic oils in labs, a good aromatherapist will know how to choose only the best oils to ensure the best results.
Uses of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can be used to cure a wide range of ailments. Many of the essential oils used in aromatherapy can serve to cure multiple ailments simultaneously. In aromatherapy the sessions are usually done using scent, but can also involve physical application of essential oils as well.
Some uses of common essential oils include:
Tea tree can be used to help relieve blisters on one’s feet as well as relieve athlete’s foot. Lavender can help with healing burns or scalds as well as accelerate the healing of bruises.
If you have a cough, Pine or Eucalyptus can help bring relief quickly. If you’re trying to quit smoking, Black Pepper can help reduce the addictive symptoms of nicotine.
Peppermint has the rare property of being able to help reduce jetlag.
Chamomile, lavender and rosemary can all help reduce anxiety. They all have a very calming effect. Jasmine and lavender can help you relax emotionally and physically and reduce stress.
The list of uses goes on and on. There are at least 90 different kinds of essential oils that have been used to create a variety of different effects. Each essential oil has a wide range of curative properties.
The best way to get started is to choose a good aromatherapist and try out a session. You can find an aromatherapist through online review websites or through friends who’ve experienced aromatherapy before. If you try it out once, you may find yourself amazed by the results.