Hi dear friend:
If you are reading this article, you are probably considering the benefits of aromatherapy and the best ways to use essential oils for your wellbeing.
Officially, aromatherapy was used or widely spread in the 11th century thanks to the discovery of steam distillation. In the 17th and 18th physicians such as: Hippocrates, Crito and Galen used scents for healing. Aromatherapy has a holistic approach as a method for healing based on the physical and mental needs of the person.
The most primal sense is our smell sense, affecting emotions, moods, behaviours and thoughts. Smells as opposed to other sensations reach regions of the brain such the ones that control emotions and memory, before making it to the thalamus. Hence the power of scents in our feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
For me aromatherapy has been of help in different ways. I have used incense or essential oils to help me focus when studying, to relax during meditation or for insomnia. This practice is used together with other methods in order to help heal in a more natural way.
What is Aromatherapy
It is the practice used in alternative medicine that is based on the use of essential oils. This are extracted from flowers, stems, leaves, roots, barks and other plant parts that have as main aim to help improve a person´s psychological and physical wellbeing.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
The benefits come from the inhalation of the aroma of the essential oils, that stimulates brain function. The part connected to smell, once the signal is sent chemicals are released causing a person to get the effect associated to each aroma.
Essential oils are used widely and in many countries are used as antivirals, antifungals, antiseptics and antifungals.
Application of aromatherapy
Diffusion - The aim here is to disinfect a room or give a special effect on people inside of it once oils evaporate.
Inhale - Breath directly from the evaporating oils to help with respiratory congestion, to relax, to boost mood, among other benefits.
Topical applications - The essential oil is used or applied directly onto the skin, for massages, and skin care. Most common places include bottoms of feet, pulse points, temple and chest.
In this case it is important to know that essential oils should be diluted with what is known as a carrier substance(water or vegetable or nut) in a 3 to 5% concentration.
Baths - Implement aromatherapy and get the benefits while you take a bath. Simply add 5 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce carrier oil, then mix well in the tub prior getting in the water.
How to choose an application method
You will have to choose the essential oil mainly based on the desired effect or condition to be treated. Some essential oils may not be used directly in the skin as they can cause irritation. In case you want to use it for a change in mood the best options are inhalation and topical application. Baths would allow a combination of both, topical application and inhalation.
Uses of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can be used as mood enhancer, for anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, body aches, pain relief, circulation problems, menstrual problems, digestive problems.
Lavender, lemon, peppermint, ylang, ylang
Lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, ylang, ylang
Memory and focus
Peppermint, cinnamon, sage
Sadness or depressed mood
Peppermint, lavender, chamomile
My experience with aromatherapy
As a holistic life coach I find aromatherapy a practice that has many benefits to body and mind. In addition it has great effects by itself and can be perfectly combined with other alternative treatments.
The first aromas I have used include:
Lavender and Ylang ylang: I have used this essential oil in order to relax, start calming down and to sleep better
Chamomille: To help sooth menstrual cramps as an aerial diffusion and massaging the area in pain.
Lemon oil: I have used this to help me face periods of frustation that manifested in anger or mood changes.
In sum, aromatherapy has helped me the past 15 years when I´d needed an extra mood boost or aid to face some life situations.
Important to be careful when using aromatherapy if you have an allergy, suffer from asthma, suffer from hay fever, have skin conditions, suffer from epilepsy, suffer from high blood pressur, have deep vein thrombosis, are breastfeeding or pregnant. This article is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Talk to your doctor.
Best to store or keep your essential oils away from moisture and sunlight.
If you want to learn even more in-depth about the uses of all essential oils for healing body and mind, there are some great books on available Aromatherapy that will allow you to learn more and start using aromatherapy for your wellbeing. Take a look at them, here
Furthermore, if you feel that it is time to reprogram your subconscious mind and stop repeating behaviours that don’t work for you, this is a course worth taking a look at.
I hope these words of my personal experience with the use of aromatherapy will inspire you to use it and that you find this post useful.
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