Benefits of Aromatherapy
While there has been a number of advancements in the field of wellness, one of its pillars has always been the use of natural fragrances. This practice of “aromatherapy” has been around since ancient China. Founded on the usage of plants and other natural substances as a holistic remedy to many common ailments, aromatherapy is proven to stimulate greater overall health in a variety of ways. Whereas at one point, burning of the plants was initially the fundamental means of aromatherapy treatment, the process of extracting oils from the raw material was developed to optimize the benefits of aromatherapy treatments. These oils are now the basis of aromatherapy treatments,
When discussing the benefits of aromatherapy oils, often referred to as “essential oils,” it’s important to recognize that there are an abundance of different fragrances to choose from. Though each oil are specifically used to cure a certain ailment, many tend to have multiple benefits which include but are not limited to the following:
Reducing Stress & Anxiety:
Certain aromatherapy fragrances act as relaxants and are used to help reduce tension. This is used as a holistic means to bring a greater serenity to a person’s mind and spirit. Essential oils commonly used for this purpose include lavender, peppermint, and lemon oil.
Enhancing Focus, Memory & Creativity:
Whether it is due to stress, lack of sleep, or any other reason that causes reduced cognitive function aromatherapy oils are capable of restoring a person’s ability to focus and sharpen their clarity of thought. These aromatherapy oils can allow for a person to perform better in high pressure conditions, boost alertness and allow for a clear mind. Certain aromatherapy oils are even used to help combat the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Oils such as coconut, rosemary and sage oil are commonly used for this purpose.
Producing Happiness or Euphoria: Aromatherapy fragrances can also work to counteract this by improving one’s mood. These oils work to trigger neurons which assist in creating a sensation of happiness and bliss. Essential oils commonly used for this purpose include lavender, vanilla, peppermint, and jasmine.
Reducing blood pressure and increasing metabolic functions ( heart rate, breathing, immune system, ect): Various aromatherapy oils also are used to assist with physical ailments. Many are used to improve metabolic functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulmonary efficiency, and strengthing one’s immune system. These oils can be extremely beneficial to those that struggle with conditions such as heart ailments, high blood pressure, emphysema, or bronchitis, particularly with elderly users. Essential oils commonly used for this purpose include eucalyptus, lavender, ylang ylang, and mandarin.
Reenergizing the body in general: Aromatherapy treatment also assists the body in reducing and warding off fatigue. These oils are used after extended periods of strenuous physical exertion or injury. Using these fragrances help stimulate the body’s natural recovery process, and serve as a catalyst for renewed physical vigor and accelerated healing. Essential oils commonly used for this purpose include eucalyptus, cardamom, clove, and jasmine.
As a sleep aid: Aromatherapy can also benefit those experiencing difficulties sleeping such as those suffering from insomnia. Aromatherapy creates a synergy of both of mind and body leading to tranquility for those dealing with this difficulty. Essential oils commonly used for this purpose include peppermint, sandalwood, lavender and marjoram.
Aromatherapy is often a much simpler and less costly alternative to dealing with a myriad of health issues and in the process provides a very pleasurable experience while doing so. Ultimately, it is no surprise why aromatherapy has such appeal; it is safe, cost effective, and provides both physical and mental enhancement to the user.