Aromatherapy: What It Is and How To Use It
Erin McInerney Mar 15, 2017
What is aromatherapy?
Whenever a plant has a smell, whether it is the scent of a flower or a leaf, the scent is coming from the essential oil. There are various biological purposes for plants to release these aromas. For example, they attract pollinators and protect against pests. Aromatherapy uses these essential oils to help heal the body, mind and soul. According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, aromatherapy is, “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit”(National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy).
What can aromatherapy be used for?
In addition to providing wonderful scents, aromatherapy is used in alternative medicine to help numerous ailments. “Some of the benefits of using aromatherapy are; reducing anxiety, easing depression, speeding up the healing process for wounds and injuries, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive function, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation”(10 Amazing Benefits of Aromatherapy).
How can aromatherapy be applied?
There are several different ways to apply essential oils. However, putting essential oils directly on the skin may be harmful. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy advises against direct application. Other ways essential oils can be applied are: essential oils can be diluted by putting them in a carrier oil; essential oils can be released into the air using a diffuser; putting a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton swab and inhaling.
Aromatherapy and Massage
Aromatherapy can be used to enhance the effects of massage. The method of application could either be by putting drops of essential oil into a carrier oil or lotion that is used to massage with, or by diffusing the essential oil in the room during a massage. A massage with lavender essential oil could enhance the relaxing and balancing effects of massage. Lavender could even help promote more restful sleep helping one to feel more rested upon waking. A massage with eucalyptus oil could assist in pain relief, help one feel more awake and stimulated, and could possibly help clear sinuses and congestion. When certain essential oils are blended together, forming a synergy, the effects of the essential oils can be enhanced. Our radiance synergy blend could leave one feeling uplifted, energized, and clear minded. Our vitality synergy blend could leave one feeling relaxed, calm, relieved, and focused. Ask about incorporating aromatherapy into your massage on your next visit!
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National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.