What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts. It helps to promote health and well-being. It uses atomic essential oils medically to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. Aromatherapy helps to enhance both physical and mental health.
Aromatherapy has been around for years. Ancient Egyptians use of aromatic botanicals started with the mummification process of the bodies of the deceased. Embalmers used different botanicals such as cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and juniper. Ancient Egyptians knowledge of essential oils healing power inspired Romans to use them after their invasion of Egypt. Israelites used essential oils to heal wounds and elevate spiritual communion. Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, maintained 2,500 years ago that, “The key to good health rests on having a daily aromatic bath and scented massage.” Aromatic oils were also used in China and India during the same period as ancient Egypt. One of the principle aspects of ayurvedic medicine is massage with aromatic oils. Many of the properties ascribed to herbs and aromatic oils by the ancients are regarded as valid today.
For a more in-depth look into the history of aromatherapy, checkout our article on A Brief History of Aromatherapy.
How Does It Work?
Essential oils can be enjoyed a number of ways. The main way of practicing is through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as:
- creams, oils, or lotions for massage or topical application
- facial steamers
- atomic spritzer/sprays
- bath salts
You can use these alone or in any combination. Each essential oil has an array of unique healing properties, uses, and effects. Try combining essential oils to create a synergistic blend creates even more benefits.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.
It has been shown to reduce:
- pain and body aches
- anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression
- fatigue and insomnia
- circulatory problems
- menstrual problems
- alopecia (hair loss)
- digestive problems
Certain essential oils are more likely to cause irritation than others, even when diluted. If you are pregnant or have pets in the house you should also be sure to take extra caution before practicing.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The contents of this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your medical professional before starting any new regimen or change your prescribed order from your medical doctor.