What you need to know about Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy also known as essential oil therapy is a process where essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs and different parts of the tree, such as the leaves, fruit, roots and bark, to create a compound for therapeutic purposes. A single bottle is made up of multiple plants, which undergo a steaming and pressing process that doesn’t affect the original plant properties – no chemicals are used.
The essential oil grades
Not all essential oils are created equal. If you use them for their properties make sure you buy a higher grade and quality of the oil.
Therapeutic quality essential oils. Made using only high-quality organic plants and flowers, that is then distilled at the correct temperatures. These pure oils are great for consuming for health benefits, diffusing, inhaling, and more. This top grade is safe to mix with carrier oils and apply to your skin and more.
Food grade. This grade is not pure and can contain synthetics from carrier oils to pesticides.
Perfume style oils. Like grade B, these oils may contain synthetics, carrier oils, and other items. However, they are not to be ingested, instead they are used just for the fragrance aspect. You will find this in body washes, shampoos and more.
It has been scientifically proven that using essential oils for aromatherapy is effective in improving the mind, body, mood, and spirit of users.
The uses of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy offers a plethora of health and wellbeing benefits, including:
- reducing nausea
The active nature of essential oils helps in curing nausea. The oils have relaxing properties that decompress the mind and help you relax. If you’re experiencing frequent nausea due to pregnancy, stomach ache or a gastro-reflux, then the essential oils used in aromatherapy will help you get rid of nausea when they are diluted then rubbed on the hand, belly, or forehead.
- relieving body ache and pain
Oils such as peppermint, marjoram, and helichrysum are able to treat any kind of swelling and body aches. They have anti-inflammatory properties that offer a cooling effect on the area that is hurting and soothe muscle tension as well as any spasms. These oils warm up the body to help with sore muscles and provide quick pain relief.
- reducing menstrual problems
An aromatherapy massage with essential oils such as lavender greatly reduces the pain associated with the monthly menstrual cycle. It helps deal with the discomfort associated with cramps, and the massage itself helps with the blood circulation and flow that reduces abdominal pain and spasms.
- preventing hair loss
Incorporating oil treatments (essential oils mixed with a carrier oils) into your regular hair care routine is a great way of stimulating hair follicles and improving hair growth and thickness. Essential oils improve cellular generation and reduce scalp itching as well. Cedar essential oil, which has anti-bacterial properties, helps with getting rid of dandruff. Moreover, tea tree oil boasts powerful cleansing properties that help unplug hair follicles and improves blood flow allowing nutrients to actually reach the hair follicles. Let us not forget the holy grail that is rosemary essential oil. Rosemary is anti-inflammatory and has the ability to improve circulation and stimulate new hair growth as well as grow longer hair and prevent baldness.
How to enjoy essential oils
Essential oils can be both inhaled or once diluted it can be massaged onto the hair and body.
Psychologically the calm brought on by the soothing fragrances in aromatherapy can take you away from any mood you may be suffering from. This is because when inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.
- reed diffusers
Aromatherapy is usually used through the process of inhalation in which the oils are scattered into the air. The oils can be evaporated into the air by using a reed diffuser that, along with releasing the scent, also helps control the fragrance load. This means that if you want a strong or increased fragrance, you can use more reeds and fewer reeds for a more subtle aroma. Inhaling the oils stimulates the brain, nose, and body to provide respiratory and psychological benefits.
- wax melts
Using essential oil wax melts are delightful and fun. Once the wax is melted, it releases a fragrance that provides a soothing effect and calms down our brains. Wax melts are a preferred choice as they last longer than traditional candles and release the fragrance without heating up or burning. They have a slow evaporation process, so they help improve and reduce anxiety and stress issues.
- Aromatherapy massage
This is the practice of using body oils, lotions and waxes that are infused with essential oils for massage. These massages are for relaxation, pain management and to improve the mood. The essential oil is inhaled and absorbed into the skin.
- Apply topically
Pure essential oils are potent. Diluting them in a carrier oil is the best way to avoid a bad reaction when applying directly onto the skin.
Lastly, please consider that aromatherapy is not for everyone. Be aware of your allergies and note that essential oils may affect your pets. Consult a medical professional before using aromatherapy products.