• Libbi Clarke

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that uses natural oils extracted from plants to enhance a persons psychological and physical well-being.

Those oils are called essential oils and are used to assist the body’s own natural defences in a variety of ways, including boosting the natural healing process.

Essential oils have been used in home remedies for centuries to relieve pain, enhance your mood or stimulate brain functions.

Aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application. Inhalation: Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits. Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system (your sense of smell) As the molecules reach the brain, they affect limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.

Topical applications: massage oils, and bath and skin care products are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can boost circulation and increase absorption. Essential oils are never applied directly to the skin. They must always be diluted with a carrier oil. Usually, a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil is the concentration. Most common carrier oils are sweet almond, coconut or olive oil.

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

  • Nausea

  • Anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression

  • Fatigue and insomnia

  • Muscular aches

  • Headaches

  • Circulatory problems

  • Menstrual problems

  • Menopausal problems

We will be exploring the different properties of essential oils over the next few weeks. Follow me directly on the website by signing up or like our facebook page.

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