To be clear, aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that utilizes essential oils and other plant compounds in order to improve a person’s mood or health. Some think that this kind of treatment is unimportant but research has shown that it is quite effective in keeping a person well.
Keep in mind; others think that aromatherapy is effective because it stimulates part of the brain that is connected to smell. When the brain acknowledges certain smells like aromatherapy, it causes chemicals to be released which makes a person feel calm and relaxed. In addition, if massage is included with aromatherapy, it causes additional relaxation.
It is important to note that in some countries like France aromatherapy is included in medicine as an antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic; a great deal more than in Canada or the United States.
Aromatherapy is applied one of three ways: direct inhalation, aerial diffusion or by topical application. Keep in mind; aromatherapy can be used various ways to treat the following health conditions such as: stress, anxiety, insomnia, body aches, muscular aches, headaches, circulation problems, menstrual problems, menopausal problems, digestive problems and depression.
Some may not know it but there are many popular aromatherapy products such as Basil, Citronella oil, Clove oil, Jasmin, Lavender oil, Lemon Oil and Thyme oil, which are used to treat various health concerns.
Aromatherapy can be beneficial in many ways; however, there are risks such as if a person has an allergy, if he or she suffers from asthma, if a woman is breastfeeding or pregnant or if a person suffers from epilepsy. There are few side effects with this kind of therapy such as headaches, nausea or allergic reactions.
Most importantly, there are definite health benefits of aromatherapy but the most popular benefit is finding relief from stress. Essential oils are well known to relax and soothe the mind. There are certain essential oils that are used to reduce stress and they are: lavender, peppermint and bergamot. Some studies have also shown that lemon oil is particularly effective in reducing outbursts of anger and improving a person’s mood.
This kind of therapy is also used to eliminate depressive thoughts. Of course counseling should also be considered if depression lingers or worsens. Aromatherapy is also being used to help with memory loss and is being used as a supplement or alternative when treating Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, aromatherapy also boosts a person’s energy levels and increases the rate of healing throughout the body.
It is important to note that aromatherapy is also used to treat headaches. Not only can it lessen headaches, this therapy may also reduce the anxiety and stress that causes headaches. Interestingly, aromatherapy can also help a person get better sleep. It can provide a more balanced sleep schedule and provide a more restful sleep. Many are not aware that this type of therapy can also give a good boost to your immune system.
Giving relief to pain is another benefit of aromatherapy. Lavender and chamomile are just two examples of aromatherapy that can provide relief from pain. In addition, some are not aware that aromatherapy can also treat certain digestive issues. It can calm down indigestion, bloating and speed up a person’s metabolism so that food is digested faster.
To conclude, aromatherapy offers many health benefits; however, before beginning an aromatherapy plan, talk with your doctor first.