Aromatherapy has been practiced for countless generations. There was substantial evidence linking aromatherapy to numerous ancient traditions. In spite of the fact that aromatic oils have been used to treat and cure a variety of maladies and disorders for generations, serious research on their qualities did not begin until 1928.
Aromatherapy is, in its simplest form, the therapeutic use of essential plant oils. Typically, they are used to alleviate stress and a variety of stress-related disorders. They are also utilized to promote an individual's general health and to stimulate the body and mind.
Aromatherapy is effective because aromatic oils stimulate the olfactory nerve cells, which then relay the message to the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is the portion of the brain responsible for memory and emotion regulation.
Aromatherapy is concerned with both the physical and emotional functioning of the individual being treated. Aromatherapy aids in the relief of specific illnesses by stimulating the neurological, immunological, and circulatory systems. In emotions, they may elicit pleasant recollections and upbeat dispositions.
Although the medical profession is divided on whether aromatherapy in and of itself aids in the healing of various medical ailments, the concept of aromatherapy-based healing is universally acknowledged.
Essential oils are produced by distilling plant components such as leaves, roots, flowers, stems, and bark. They have a high concentration of the actual essence of the plants from which they originated. Even though they are referred to as oils, essential oils typically lack the true qualities of oil. Some essential oils are yellow, such those of lemongrass and orange, whereas the majority are transparent.
These oils are utilized in a variety of ways, including inhalation, addition to bathwater, and application of diluted oil to the body.
Use of oil in aromatherapy is confined to only those with pure properties. Only the purest essential oils have medicinal properties.
Following is a list of the most often employed essential oils in aromatherapy. Some of these substances are employed as carrier oils (also known as vegetable oils or base oils):
Evening – Sweet Almond – Apricot Kernel – Avocado – Borage – Cocoa Butter Primrose, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, Jojoba, Kukui, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Peanut, Pecan, Rose Hip, Sesame, Shea Butter, and Sunflower.
Below is a list of essential oils that are not recommended for use in aromatherapy, particularly without expert supervision.
- Ajowan - Bitter Almond - Arnica - Sweet Birch - Boldo Leaf - Spanish Broom - Calamus - Camphor - Deer Tongue - Garlic - Horseradish - Jaborandi - Melilotus - Mugwort - Mustard - Onion - Pennyroyal - Rue - Sassafras - Thuja - Wintergreen - Worm
Aromatherapists practice aromatherapy in a variety of settings, such as: – private practice – mobile visiting practice – natural health clinics – beauty therapy clinics – health clubs – hospitals – hospices – and – nursing homes.
Despite the dearth of formal research on aromatherapy, therapists and European physicians frequently prescribe particular aromatic oils for a variety of ailments, including colds and flu, sleeplessness, sinusitis, migraines, digestive issues, and muscle pains. However, it must be understood that aromatic oils should never be ingested and should be tested first to assess the degree of skin sensitivity to certain oils.