Benefits of Aromatherapy

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Health benefits of aromatherapy includes reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, enhance cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine involving the use of volatile plant materials known as essential oils  inhaled by patients for a wide variety of health conditions. It is often used to improve mood & change cognitive states and can be utilized as a supplemental medicine.

Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years but it wasn’t until the 11th century that steam distillation first made it possible to properly remove essential oils from plant materials. Since then, cultures around the world have utilized aromatherapy for a wide range of functions. India, France, England, and the US are among the best known countries for aromatherapy which is quite complex, as involving carrier oils, absolutes, herbal distillates, vaporizer oils, and phytoncides.

Important element of aromatherapy is synergy, the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative/supplemental medicine practionners, since the range of possibilities is almost endless. However it is important to always do your consultation with trained aromatherapists as some essential oils can trigger allergies and be toxic if mixed improperly. Furthermore, most essential oils aromatherapy treatments are diluted in a carrier oil to make the effects slightly less potent. Using too strong an essential oils concentration in aromatherapy, can result in negative side effects.

An infinite number of combinations have been tested and used around the world, not all of them approved or recommended by main stream doctors which doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate or effective. Pay close attention to your body’s reactions whenever you use aromatherapy as a therapeutic solution for a medical condition.          Some of the most common health benefits of aromatherapy are explained in details below.

Stress Relief is the most widespread and popular use of aromatherapy. Aromatic compounds from many different essential oils known as relaxants help to soothe your mind and eliminate anxiety. That’s why most people use it at home for, since the mixtures are very simple and research on this aspect of aromatherapy is very well-known and widely studied. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang ylang essential oils. Studies have also shown that lemon oil improve mood and reduce outbursts of anger.

Antidepressant Capacity: Second to stress relief, aromatherapy is very commonly used to eliminate feelings of depression, and due to the very complicated side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants, this is a very important function of aromatherapy. While this is useful as a complementary treatment, psychological help or counseling should be sought out if depression continues or worsens. In terms of the best essential oils to use for reducing depression, most specialists suggest peppermint, chamomile, lavender and jasmine.

Memory: One of the most frightening and widespread diseases affecting older people is memory loss and the inability to form short term memories. While Alzheimer’s is still considered an incurable disease, aromatherapy is often used to reduce or slow down the progression of the condition & as alternative or supplemental treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also shown the efficacy of aromatherapy on younger patients in terms of boosting their memory capacity for a certain amount of time after the treatment. This refreshing burst for the brain can be useful in all walks of life, no matter what’s your age. Sage oil is the most commonly recommended for this sort of memory-enhancing effect.

Boost Energy: We all benefit from more energy to get through the hectic daily tasks of busy lifestyles. Stimulants like coffee, cigarettes, energy pills, or illegal substances can have very damaging effects on the body. While diet and exercise also help, many people turn to aromatherapy to put more pep in their step. Many essential oils are known to increase circulation, raise energy levels, and generally stimulate the body and mind, without the dangerous side effects of other stimulating substances. The best essential oils for giving yourself an energy boost include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, and sage.

Healing and Recovery: Essential oils help increase our body’s healing process by stimulating oxygen and blood flow to wounds or following internal surgery or illness. Anti-microbial properties of certain essential oils also keep our body protected during healing periods. Essential oils for speeding up our healing process include lavender, calendula, rosehip, everlasting and buckthorn. These oils do more than heal wounds; they also reduce the severity and discomfort from skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Headaches: Most peoples have headaches from time to time and the bad ones stop us dead. Rather than relying on pharmaceuticals, aromatherapy is often a better alternative that not only help eliminate an existing headache, reduce stress, anxiety, or medical origin of our headaches preventing them in the future.Essential oils reducing headaches and migraines are peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and rosemary. Best mixing these with a carrier oil and gently massage into our skin, scalp, neck, and temples. Best carrier oils for headaches are almond, avocado, coconut, apricot kernel, and sesame.

Sleeping disorders: Lack of sleep exacerbate or cause a wide range of medical conditions that leaves us feeling unproductive and devoid of energy. Fortunately, aromatherapy assist us to a more balanced sleep schedule and realign our Circadian rhythms so our body naturally gets tired at the appropriate time, sleeps restfully through the night, and is energized in the morning for the new day. Best essential oils for managing your sleeping habits and having a healthy, sedative effect on the body are lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and ylang ylang.

Immune System: Better is to prevent than treat as medical professionals recommend, and aromatherapy can help strenghten to your immune system if used properly. It’s anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antibacterial effects protect you from a number of illnesses and infections that could otherwise damage your immune system. This area of aromatherapy is very popular and widely studied. Most effective essential oils to increase the efficacy of your immune system are oregano, frankincense, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.

Pain Relief: Analgesics often have detrimental side effect on the human body, even though they may relieve pain. Considering pain relief is one of the most useful applications of aromatherapy, why not take advantage of it as a natural hence usually safer alternative? Essential oils for professional and personal use are  lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint.

Digestion:  Not the most widely researched area of aromatherapy as yet, digestive problems can nonetheless be treated by natural essential oils to ease constipation, indigestion, bloating and speed up our metabolism. Citrus essential oils are normally best for treating digestive conditions, including lemon and orange. Studies have also cited ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender as being effective as well.

Whatever your condition however or whichever essential oils you choose to use, always consult your doctor before embarking on a new treatment. Be sure to only use essential oils from certified sources and don’t attempt to mix and apply oils unless you are under supervision from a professional aromatherapist. Edited from


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