What is Aromatherapy and how does it work?
Have you ever seen the Gain commercials? The people just inhale the pleasant scents coming from the freshly washed fabrics. Imagine coming home after a long stressful day and falling asleep with ease because your blankets smell so amazing. The pleasant scent coming from your freshly washed sheets can give you a sense of relaxation, cleanliness, and can sooth you into a good night’s rest! In a sense, this is how Aromatherapy works.
Aromatherapy is the use of soothing aromas and oils to help in the improvement of both your physical and emotional health, as well as alleviating stress and anxiety.
It is seen as more of a holistic treatment because of the absence of traditional medicine, instead includes the use of plant extracts and natural ingredients. The plant extracts are used to make essential oils, which can then be applied by inhaling through the nose or applying directly on the skin.
Flowers, herbs, tree bark, and petals are what creates the essential oils.
What makes essentials oils all natural is that they are not mixed with other chemicals or artificial fragrances. The process creating these oils is done so in a way that does not alter the natural chemistry of the plants.
So how does Aromatherapy work? Well, I’m glad you asked!
Like everything else in your body, your five senses send signals to your brain. Your brain then translates those signals and releases chemicals that make you feel good, like serotonin.
When you inhale the essential oils, you are activating your limbic system, which is responsible for your emotions. If the scents you experience are pleasant, then your overall mood will shift to a pleasant one and vice versa. When rubbing the oils onto your skin, for example your joints, you are activating a response in your skin cells that could help relieve pain or tension.
Aromatherapy is helpful when searching for alternatives away from medicinal treatment, however, you shouldn’t replace your medical treatments if you’re already on them.
Aromatherapy can help your health in an overall way. It alters the chemicals in your brain and focuses on alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression.
It gives you a boost in relaxation, it helps you sleep easier, and can also help people with dementia and other brain illnesses. When applied to the skin, the oils help fight off bacteria and, in some cases, for those that have cancer, can help weaken the feeling of nausea and certain pains.
Are you convinced yet?
I’m going to assume, YES! Now all you need to so is find an aroma that is pleasant to your nose. Some commonly used oils are lavender, ginger, lemon, peppermint, rose, tea tree, eucalyptus, and mandarin. You don’t always need to use them in their organic essence. Mix a comfortable amount into your lotions, facial toners, shampoos, or even soak them up into a nice bubble bath. Or even book a massage appointment. Then have a professional use an essential oil of your preference to rub all your stress and anxiety away. Well, at least for the moment. Doesn’t that sound relaxing?