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Aromatherapy: How Does It Work?


     Aromatherapy. What does this word really mean? Does it mean thatyou can light a pumpkin spice candle, sit in your room and feel relaxed? Well, sort of, but not exactly.  Aromatherapy  is a type of alternative medicine that uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds which are mainly used for improving a person’s health or mood. Many consider this type of treatment unscientific and just a form of wishful thinking. However, scientific evidence of its effectiveness is growing. It is a form of complementary therapy designed to treat the your entire body and not just the symptoms of an existing illness or state of mind. Aromatherapy helps assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.

     Think of aromatherapy as an alternative form of medicine, which uses essential oils and plant extracts to help heal many illnesses. Aromatherapy has become a new “alternative form of medicine.” Aromatherapy has recently started to gain ground because it uses only natural extracts in order to heal various conditions or to improve a person’s mood. Don’t give up on your yearly trips to the doctors office just yet! Aromatherapy does not “cure” major illnesses but it alleviates the discomforts associated with them.

     According to an article on aromatherapypoint.com, the essential oils are absorbed into the body in two ways, inhalation and absorption by skin. When an essential oil is inhaled through the nose or mouth, it activates the nerve cells in the nasal cavity which sends impulses that stimulate the brain and produce positive feelings and emotions. However, the substances of the essential oils can also be absorbed into the blood stream and drawn into the lungs. After they are absorbed into the blood stream they provide endless physical therapeutic benefits.

Aromatherapy consists of three main branches, all with their own characteristics:

  1. The first one is home aromatherapy, which is a treatment people can make on their own, using aromatherapy products with different features.
  2. The second branch is clinical aromatherapy, which is a treatment using pharmacological products and it occurs in a clinical environment, which is controlled by specialists in order to monitor the healing process. This is usually done by doctors or a professional aromatherapist.
  3. Another important aromatherapy branch is Aromachology, which is more of a science. It studies odors and the effects various scents may have on a person’s mood. 

Essential oils are the heart of aromatherapy. Without them aromatherapy would not be as effective. They are used to..

-Heal wounds

-Improve skin tone

-Relax muscles

-Decrease congestion

-Relieve menstrual cramps

-Kill fungal & bacterial infections

-Energize

-Aid digestion

     Aromatherapy helps combat various conditions and promotes emotional well-being. Aromatherapy employs all natural methods to help treat a number of conditions, both mental and physical. It can be used to treat skin infections or to provide a mental boost when you’re feeling down!

    Some essential oils can be expensive, but you can easily make your own remedies at home. Light your favorite scented candle, close your eyes and enjoy the bliss of aromatherapy.

 

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