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Aromatherapy,

by Syed Raza 4 days ago in skincare

A Natural and Holistic Healing Treatment Carried Out for Generations

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Aromatherapy is a holistic healing medication to promote health aliment, it’s also known as the essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy includes the use of aromatic essential oils therapeutically to improve the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. It augments both physical and psychological health. There is range of essential oils that have been found to have varied degree of antimicrobial activities, they are believed to have antiviral, anti-fungal, nematocidal, anti-toxic and insecticidal properties. In the recent years, aromatherapy has been acknowledged from both fields of science and medicine. Aromatherapy applications include reflexology, topical applications and inhalation. But one must be cautious in application, if proper procedures are not followed it might not give an expected outcome.

How Long Has Aromatherapy Being Practiced

The art of using essential oils to treat diseases is used for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese, Indian, Egyptian and other great civilizations of the past incorporated aromatic plant components in mastics, ointments and oils. These natural elements were used for both medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and spiritual benefits. Though the essential oil concentration is credited to the Persians of the 10th century, but the practice has been in custom for a long time preceding to that. Information about essential oil distillation was published as an effective healing treatment in the 16th century by the Germans.

A century later the French physicians also acknowledged the healing potential of essential oils. The term “aromatherapy” was devised by a French perfumer and pharmacist René-Maurice Gattefossé in his book on the on same subject, which was published in 1937. Earlier he had discovered the healing potential of lavender in medicating scorches. The book highlights the practice of essential oils in treating medical conditions.

Owing to the scientific boom in the 19th century, medical doctors became more focused on chemical drugs. However, in the recent years aromatherapy has gained popularity, due to its effective results and being non-chemical in nature.

Why Choose Aromatherapy

The use of essential oils is multi-purposed, many intend to manage physical pain, while some use it to improve sleep quality, reduce stress, agitation and anxiety. Aromatherapy is known to calm-down sore joints, effective against headaches and migraines, ease work distresses and fight off bacteria, viruses or fungus. Experts suggests the use of aromatherapy to recover from digestive issues, its also advised for hospice patients or those who need palliative care. Many patients agree to aromatherapy because its natural, this decreases the side effects of the process. Researches shows that body adapts quickly to natural oil mixtures as they are a product of little to no chemical reactions. That’s a reason why many scientific claims prove that aromatherapy also boosts immunity.

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Due to the holistic nature of essential oil treatment, that it cures physical and mental aliments; it was considered divine by ancient Egyptians. No doubt that its holistic nature attracts more patients, even today. Due to the less use of chemical processing and chemical drugs the treatment is very cost effective, not only are the essential oils a bit cheaper, but a single treatment produces excellent outcome.

Components

Aromatherapy includes the mixture of essential oils, carrier oil or other basis, floral water or hydrosols and absolutes. Carrier oils are edible oils, mostly extracted from vegetables. Carrier oils

are good solvents for essential and absolute oils. Essential oils are comprised of many constituents, some of the major elements of essential oils include: monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes alcohols, ethers, ketones, lactones and oxides.

After a lot of research and development of the beneficial components in essential oils and raw botanicals, chemists began isolating these constituents for use in modern medicines, and then started to derive ways to cheaply synthesize these constituents.

Because of science's capability to isolate and synthesize specific constituents, we must be careful within the practice of aromatherapy to ensure that the essential oils that we use haven't been tainted with isolated or artificial compounds.

Application

You can apply essential oils in many numerous ways. For example, complement them to body lotions or carrier oils and then apply them on body surface. Try adding them on facial toner, shampoo, or conditioner. You can incorporate them into liquid soap and toothpaste. You can also diffuse the oils throughout a room or dispense them into a bath.

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As of whole, official aromatherapy application is categorized into 3 main headings, topical application, inhalation or professional aromatherapy massage.

Bottom Line

If you do intend to try out the essential oils then I recommend checking out the details of raw ingredients carefully, maybe a specific oil can be allergic to your skin. Always consult your doctor before initiating any aromatherapy treatment.

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