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Essential Oils: How Aromatherapy Encourages Relaxation

Elements Massage Ken Caryl Aug 26, 2014

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-based essential oils to encourage one’s health and wellness. When it comes to the art of relaxation and rejuvenation, at Elements Massage Ken Caryl studio, we are all about exploring new ways to enable you to let go of life’s daily stresses. Here is the 411 on how essential oils work and what you can do at home to help melt away that bad day.

There are two different ways that aromatherapy works the first is through inhalation. When an essential oil is inhaled through the nose, the olfactory nerves located along the inside of your nostrils that run up to your brain and end at your limbic system are stimulated with the aromatic molecules of the oil’s scent. This limbic system sends signals to both your endocrine system and your automatic nervous system. The endocrine system is in charge of the glands that secrete hormones to your body and the automatic nervous system aids in the connection and awareness of between your brain, spinal cord, limbs, and organs. It’s also in charge of sending cues regulating your heart and respiration rates, salivation, perspiration, and digestion.

The second way that aromatherapy works is through a topical application. When an essential oil is applied directly to the surface of your skin, it is absorbed right into your blood stream and carried to both the endocrine system and your automatic nervous system.

Either application produces similar relaxing results that cause changes in your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The most popular oils and what they address are as follows:

  • Jasmine
    Aids in post-partum depression
  • Chamomile
    Treats muscle aches, headaches, and provides relief from menstrual cramps
  • Lavender
    Provides stress relief, can help alleviate insomnia
  • Peppermint
    Promotes digestion
  • Rosemary
    Relieves muscle aches and pains, promotes circulation
  • Eucalyptus
    Can help sooth sore throats, colds, and coughs
  • Sandalwood
    Reduces stress and eases anxieties

The next time you are shopping, check out the essential oils to give one a try. At home, you can simply dab a few drop on the back of your neck, rub onto a part of your body, or waft the scent below your nose to get started on the psychological and physical benefits of aromatherapy. You can also request that essential oils be a part of your next massage session!

 

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