Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to achieve physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual health and balance.
These highly concentrated essential oils are extracted from various herbs and
produced by steam distillation or cold pressing from a plant's flowers, leaves,
branches, bark, rind or roots.
The oils are then mixed with a 'carrier' usually a vegetable oil such
as soy, evening primrose, almond or diluted in alcohol before being applied
to the skin, sprayed in the air or inhaled.
Aromatherapists assign specific properties to each essence for example,
lavender is reputed to heal burns and relieve depression, inflammation, headaches,
respiratory allergies, muscle aches and nausea, while peppermint is said to
alleviate digestive problems; clean wounds, decongest the chest and relieve
headache and muscle pain.
can aromatherapy treat?
Whether aromatherapy has any significant effect on specific health disorders
or not remains a matter for debate. However, aromatherapy can improve general
well being. Our bodys response to the scented oils can help reduce stress,
enhance relaxation and relieve anxiety.
Aromatherapy can help to relieve insomnia and alleviate the symptoms of cold
and flu. There have also been claims that aromatherapy can treat impotence and
ease the pain of arthritis.
happens during an aromatherapy session?
The aromatherapist will work with you to develop a blend of essential oils
(known as a 'synergy') that suits your needs.
The essential oils chosen will work well together aesthetically as well as
addressing a particular complaint. If you complain of muscle ache, the aromatherapist
may create a blend of oils to relieve muscle tension, as well as stimulate mental
and emotional response to address the root causes.
The aromatherapist may massage the oils into the skin or use hot or cold compresses.
You can also use essential oils at home oil-containing compounds can
be sprayed into the air, added to your bath or heated in an oil burner.
many treatments will be necessary?
If the aromatherapy treatments seem to help, they can generally be continued
as long as needed. However, if you sought aromatherapy for a specific health
complaint and the symptoms continue, you should consult your doctor. Equally,
if you develop an allergy to any of the products you are using, you should stop
treatment immediately and seek medical advice.
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