What is Aromatherapy?
There are no words to describe the wonderful feeling when you walkinto the room that is infused with a sense of peace and harmony.
The wonderful aroma of healing herbs, plants and incense is the mind and soul of aromatherapy. Many a time, aromatherapy is used to address a physical or mental problem. But the healing properties are in the belief that the aroma and mood brought about by aromatherapy brings the illness out of the body or situation.
The Uses of Aromatherapy
The actual uses of aromatherapy as an herbal treatment is well over a thousand years. For example, Marinus oil is an essential oil that has been used in aromatherapy for years to treat depression, infections, to heal cuts and burns, reducenausea and is used to fight psychosis.
However, there is some controversy about the use of essential oils such as Marinus Oil. In alternative therapy, it is often used to relieve the symptoms of infections such as itching, stings and bites. Although, it can also be used to relieve anxiety by making you feel calmer and ultimately is helpful in treating depression. However, it is not scientifically known whether these essential oils and its aroma is actually capable of healing infection.
What are Essential Oils?
Studies have found that essential oils have properties that reinforce each other, creating a complex network of molecules, or a fragrance, that can communicate with the body and affect its health.
The Uses of Essential Oils
What they found is that the molecules in a particular essential oil can activate receptors in the body that meditate and cleanse the mind, helping to relax and strengthen the immune system. Additionally, because essential oils are nature’s Arthritis Remedy, they are also capable of healing Arthritis conditions.
Furthermore, the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation, along with the application of a few drops of essential oil, has been used successfully to prevent and treat colds, dandruff, diarrhea, a sore throat, muscular weakness and stomach upsets or gastrointestinal disturbances. Although scientific studies are not complete, it is believed that essential oil treatment can be an effective treatment for asthma, cystic fibrosis, sore eyes, depression and other ailments.
The immune system, and the way it attacks pathogens, is thought to be influenced by the oxygen environment. Essential oils are believed to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial abilities; extracts of essential oils can circulate through the body and attack germs and viruses in the same way.
It is believed that essential oils can regulate immune system activity, affect the central nervous system and reduce pain and inflammation. It is also believed that essential oil treatment can help defend the body from the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
The Benefits of Aromatherapy
There are many benefits of aromatherapy. We use our sense of smell with one of our other senses to help us relax and let go of negative emotions. Many of us at times of emotional stress, or in those moments of no communication whatsoever can greatly benefit from aromatherapy.
Here is a list of the most well known benefits of aromatherapy:
- Aromatherapy relaxes your body, mind, and spirit
- It can help those that struggle to sleep, promoting better sleep by relaxing your muscles
- It can alleviate symptoms of depression and promote the feeling of calmness
- Relieves the pain of rheumatism
- Prevents chronic unavoidable illnesses
- Prevents or relieves symptoms of infectious diseases
- It can guard against sunstroke, stress or tension
- Supports your general health and immune system
- An effective remedy for colds and arthritis
- Provides relief from euphoria and increases positive energy and happiness levels
- It shifts negative energy from the heart to the throat
- It can provide a relief from smoking and help you to quit or relieve the effects of smoking
So why not try it! As you explore and discover the holistically beneficial uses of aromatherapy, you will inevitably find yourself in a better state of wellbeing. It is worth paying attention to the various essential oils available as each one will bring different aromatic effects.
Author: Venessa Whitford
Vanessa is a freelancing online copywriter for Technical Writers. Outside of copywriting, she dedicates her free time to life coaching and attending Holistic Health events. She has a passion for spiritual remedies such as crystal healing, aromatherapy and tarot readings. She even acquired a first class degree in Psychology.