Most of us have heard of Aromatherapy in one way or another – basically, the use of essential oils to alter our health, emotions and overall well-being – but how does it all work?
Essential oils carry biologically active volatile compounds in a highly-concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. These compounds are introduced to the nervous system in a number of different ways:
-Adding them to bath water
-Using them in a hot compress
-Heating them in a diffuser
-Massaging them into the skin
When you inhale the fragrance of an essential oil, the aroma penetrates your bloodstream via your lungs, and this is thought to be one of the mechanisms by which aromatherapy exerts its physiological effects. Essential oils are also easily absorbed through your skin when applied topically.
The fragrance also affects the limbic system in your brain, which controls both memories and emotions. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, and/or antiviral qualities, and contrary to antibiotics, essential oils do not promote resistance
Modern scientists are not only finding compelling links between scents and human behavior, scents can actually influence the biochemistry of your nervous system.
Lavender is perhaps the most beneficial of all essential oils, providing relief to stress, insomnia, anxiety, and pain.
At Elements, clients have the option to add aromatherapy on to any massage, choosing from Lavender and Eucalyptus, and essential oil blends for vitality and radiance.
Check out this article to learn more about the benefits of Aroma Therapy: