17 Dec Aromatherapy 101 – How it Works and The Benefits
Health nerds and wellness gurus alike know that aromatherapy offers a variety of benefits through the use of essential oils. Not only can these oils help to promote physical health, but they also revitalize the mind and spirit.
Essential oils are nothing new and have been used for thousands of years, but have just recently started to gain traction in the science and medical fields. In fact, it wasn’t until in the early 1900’s that the term ‘aromatherapy’ was coined after French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the healing power of lavender when treating burns.
Today, aromatherapy products can be purchased in a number of different forms, including face masks, body oils, creams, lotions, bathing salts, inhalers, aromatic spritzers, diffusers, hot/cold compresses, and many others.
So, How Does It Work?
Aromatherapy uses natural scents to benefit the mind, body, and spirit in two different ways — through skin absorption and through sense of smell. You can use these oils in any combination you choose, ideally, following directions on the label of your preferred product.
Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory qualities and can be applied directly to the skin as a topical — a very popular method used in massage therapy for creating a more elaborate experience for the guest — to offer a vast amount of therapeutic benefits. On the other hand, your sense of smell plays a major role in aromatherapy. Linked directly to the brain, it’s no wonder we react so strongly to certain scents when in the presence of essential oils. By utilizing aromas that promotes a positive mood and uplifting attitude, essential oils can allow you to kick back and relax after that 2-mile run or 8-hour shift.
How Can Aromatherapy Benefit You?
Aromatherapy is the subject of many studies and research in the medical sector — and for good reason too. Many studies contribute aromatherapy and the use of essential oils to possess great therapeutic potential for promoting wellness and an overall optimal health. Below are just some of the incredible benefits that aromatherapy could provide by incorporating it into your self-care routine:
- Boosts immunity.
- Improves your quality of sleep so you can catch more z’s.
- Relieves and manage pain like a pro.
- Helps relieve migraines and headaches.
- Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and the “blues” during the season change.
- Relieves sore joints and other aches and pains in the body.
- Fights off bacteria and viruses.
- Enhances your digestion.
Aromatherapy is also thought to be beneficial in addressing a number of health issues including asthma, insomnia, arthritis, bouts of depression, fatigue, and even pesky menstrual cramps. What’s more is the wide variety of different essential oils that you can choose from, with each offering you a different set of benefits. Some of the more popular essential oils used in aromatherapy include ginger, lavender, eucalyptus, cypress, clary sage, geranium, fennel, neroli, and lemon.
With a wide range of products available in-store and online, aromatherapy continues to grow in popularity within the health and wellness industry, including the self-care movement. If you’re looking to get started on your holistic journey with essential oils, it’s very easy to find and extremely easy to use. To further enhance your experience, ask your massage therapist, manicurist, or pedicurist to use essential oils with your future appointments — and hey, they can even be used in steam rooms and saunas too!