The Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and essential oil therapy carry many health benefits for those who enjoy the use of essential oils in varying ways. Many people have received a massage or similar hands-on treatment which incorporated the of use essential oils to relax and refresh muscles. Others might have use essential oils through inhalation or application in a medium such as a cream, oil or lotion.
The use of essential oils can improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which improves skin tone and enhances the cleansing of body tissues. Certain essential oils can increase metabolism, calm the nervous system, and reduce stress, tension and anxiety while promoting a sense of relaxation and renewed energy. Essential oils are often used to assist with pain management, increase mental clarity and focus, induce deep relaxation and relieve insomnia, and relieve mental and physical fatigue.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Essential oils enter the body through inhalation and absorption via the pores of the skin. They affect the system in three ways: pharmacologically, physiologically and psychologically. Once inhaled, aromatic signals are sent to the limbic system of the brain where they exert a direct effect on the mind and emotions.
The chemical constituents of the essential oils are carried in the blood and lymph to all areas of the body where they react with the body’s chemistry in a way similar to pharmacological drugs, which is what allows them to treat such a wide range of possible ailments. Some essential oils also have an affinity with specific areas of the body giving their properties a balancing, sedating or stimulating effect on body systems.
International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy
Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists
International Journal of Aromatherapy
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Alliance of International Aromatherapists
The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists