Aromatherapy, or aromatic medicine, uses extract from leaves, flowers, stems, bark, seeds, and roots for the purpose of improving one’s health and wellbeing. This natural remedy is often combined with other therapies, like massage therapy and acupuncture, or used in any topical application where oils are either absorbed through the skin or inhaled.
The use of essential oils dates back to ancient civilizations. The Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks treasured aromatic oils for their pleasant scents and often used them as medicinal remedies, religious ceremony, and rituals. As early as 2000 BC, the ancient Egyptians—known as the most advanced ancient civilization—were using essential oils for all aspects of their daily lives, including beauty care and spiritual enhancement. In the late 1980s and 1990s, aromatherapy was rediscovered in Western culture as alternative medicine became more widely recognized.
The Science behind Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is based on the concept that there is a direct synergy between aromatic oils and the human body. Breathing in essential oil fragrances stimulates the olfactory system, the portion of the brain linked to smell. Once this occurs, a signal is sent to the limbic system, which is associated with mood, emotions, and motivation. As a result of the direct or indirect contact with the essential oil, the chemicals from the limbic system are released, instituting a state of calm and restoring energy were the individual may be lacking.
Essential oils offer a natural, side-effect-free solution to treating infections, conditions, and diseases. Every essential oil has a unique composition that has a different impact on the body; however, the effect of the oils varies depending on their combinations and applications. Some of the most widely-used oils for health treatment are:
- Frankincense: used to clean minor cuts, bites, and sores; calms stress and headaches, especially when combined with peppermint and lavender; supports immune system function; reduced wrinkles and moisturizes skin; lifts mood and awareness
- Lavender: calms anxiety and soothes emotions; soothes irritated skin and lips; calms reactions to bee stings and bug bites
- Tea Tree: improves skin and removes blemishes and rashes; rejuvenates hair and scalp
- Eucalyptus: soothes respiratory discomfort; promotes clearer breathing
- Peppermint: refreshing mouth rinse; invigorate lungs and increases alertness; calms headaches
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