What Is Aromatherapy ?

Aromatherapy means "Treatment using scents". It is a holistic treatment of caring for the body with smelling botanical oils such as Rose, Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. The essential oils are added to the bathor massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room. Aromatherapy is used for relief of pain, care for the skin, alleviate tension, fatigue & invigorate the entire body. Essential Oils can affect the mood, alleviate fatigue, reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. When inhaled they work on the brain and nervous system through stimulaion of the olfactory nerves. Aromatherapy is the alternative therapy, which makes effective use of essential oils extracted from Flowers, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

Aromatherapy allows us to beneft from the therapeutic properties of these natural essences, working in harmony with mind and body. When properly administered the effects of essential oil can be stimmulating and relaxing , depending on the oils selected. They can soothe and refresh the mind, beautify the skin and body, stimulate the senses or induce feeling of calmness. The Idea behind aromatherapy is first, to select the aroma unique for each individual that evoke positive sensory feelings and emotions; and then to make effective use of those aromas into our everyday life to enhance well - being.

How Does Aromatherapy Work ?

Aromatherapy works best when it works on the mind and body simultaneously. Essential oils stimulate the powerful sense of smell. It is known that odors we smell have a significant on how we feel. It is believed that smells enter through cilia (the fine hairs lining the nose) to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls our moods, emotions, memory and learning. Studies with brain wave frequency have shown that smelling lavender increases alpha waves in the back of the head, which are associated with relaxation. Fragrance of Jasmine increases beta waves in the front of the head, which are associated with a more alert state. Each essential oil contains as much as 100 active components, which together exert a strong effect on the whole person. Depending on which component is predominating in oil, the oils act differently. For example, some oils are relaxing, some soothes you down, some relieves your pain, etc.

Aromatherapy works mainly in two ways :

1.Through skin application ( i.e. massage, ointments, creams, lotions, compresses, etc). When applied on skin, a certain amount of the essential oils is absorbed through the skin. The power of penetration is good; the time of absorption may be between 20 to 70 minutes.

2.Through inhalation ( i.e. diffuser, bath, steam inhaltion, vaporization, perfumes, room spray, etc ). The fragnance of essential oils, like any other smell, affects our sense of smell - which positively affects emotional response and mood change.