Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine that uses the medicinal properties of the essential oils of plants and herbs. The use of plant essential oils dates back to the ancient times in Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, and China. French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy in 1937, when he witnessed first-hand the healing power of lavender oil on healing skin burns. Today, aromatherapy is widely practiced in North America and Europe. It is often integrated into holistic treatments and is used in spa treatments and products such as candles, massage oils etc.
Essential oils are highly potent substances that contain the aromatic compounds of a plant. These used in aromatherapy are plant volatile oils from the flowers, leaves, stems, buds, branches or roots. They have been extracted using water and steam distillation or cold-pressing.
Essential oils can affect almost every organ system in the body. Each essential oil has a unique pharmacological effect, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing and adrenal stimulating.
The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
When an essential oil is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavity and stimulate the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is a region that influences emotions and memories and is directly linked to the adrenals, pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, the parts of the body that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, stress, memory, hormone balance, and breathing. This makes the effects of essential oils immediate in bringing about emotional and physiological balance.
Aromatherapy can be used for a variety of health conditions, such as allergies, stress, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, bruises, sprains, burns, insect bites, headache, earache, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, poor digestion, nausea, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, flu, muscle and joint pain, arthritis etc.
Lavender essential oil has been found to help relieve anxiety, depression, headache caused by stress, mental exhaustion, insomnia, tension. Ceases anger attacks, aggressive behavior, promotes tranquility and peace. It is highly recommended in relaxing massage.
Due to its antiseptic properties, lavender oil protects from viruses, flue, cold, cough, fungal infections, acne and eczema. Soothes and restores skin sunburn, skin irritations and insect bites. Stimulates blood circulation and in this way regenerates, rejuvenats and balances the skin.
It boosts the immune system and enhances wound healing. Relieves muscle soreness and cramps, reduces arthritis inflammation.
It lowers the blood pressure and relieves the symptoms of headache, palpitations, dizziness and nausea.
Lavender oil purifies the air and neutralises odours at the same time is a powerful means for combating insects
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which creates a cooling sensation. It soothes irritated skin nourishes and improves its texture.It is a perfect remedy to any sunburn and insect bites.
Its toning effect stimulates blood circulation and oxygenation of the brain which increase metabolism. It is a good immune stimulator.
The presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil helps remove pain from affected areas. It is known as a natural painkiller, calms the nervous system and lowers the blood pressure.
Due to its refreshing nature it can help relieve tension, stress, depression, anxiety and mental exhaustion. Stimulates mental activity, clears the mind, increases focus on cognitive tasks and relieve headache.
In case of injury, wound or healing process it reduce swelling and lowers the chance of uncomfortable inflammation.
Orange oil for aromatherapy is recommended to reduce anxiety and depression. Inhaling it reminds you of happy moments and brings pleasant thoughts to mind. It creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter, perfect for people who suffer from depression or anxiety. At the same time creates a sense of euphoria and increased libido. Its warming scent brings love, happiness and peace of the soul.
Other benefits of using orange essential oil are: hydrates and makes the skin smooth and soft again; restores capricious, chapped, rough and dry skin; improves elasticity, promotes regeneration of the cells and it does wonders for ageing skin. Its use eliminates cellulite and prevents stretch marks and scars.It can help people avoid septic or fungal infections as it inhibits microbial growth and disinfects the wounds.
Orange oil helps to relieve symptoms of colds and flu, headaches, dizziness and high blood pressure.
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