What is Aromatherapy ?
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
The sense of smell developed in humans to detect food, a sense of danger, and how to attract a mate. The sense of smell directly affects the olfactory nerve (cranial nerve number one). The olfactory nerve information is directly processed by the limbic system. This area of the brain initiates mood and memory. Therefore, smells directly affect our mood and memory. Modern day aromatherapy was first used in France by Dr. Marguerite Maury in health and beauty. Oils, were inhaled, ingested, and massaged into the body. However, the aroma is the most significant component of the treatment.
How does Aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as:
body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application
hot and cold compresses
Aromatherapy has a variety of benefits. It’s said to: manage pain, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, anxiety, treat headaches, improve digestion, and even boost immunity. Essential oils can make a positive impact on your health and well-being provided you use them in a safe way. Before use of any essential oil be sure to check for any contraindications.