During an Aromatherapy Products massage, the stress relieving effects of massage are enhanced by the relaxing properties of essential oils.
What are the basic of Aromatherapy Products?
Aromatherapy Products are based on the principle that the essential oils of certain plants have healing properties. These oils can enter the blood stream by inhalation or absorption through the skin by massage or bathing.
The term aromatherapy was first used by a French chemist, Professor Rene Maurice Gattefosse. He discovered during the First World War that the severely infected wounds of soldiers responded well to these oils, particularly to lavender.
The sense of smell triggers responses directly in the brain. Unpleasant odors can provoke nausea, even vomit. Pleasant smells can give a sense of well-being.
This premise, combined with the proven antiseptic properties of many essential oils, provides the basis for healing by aromatherapy.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated and need to be diluted in a bland ‘carrier oil’ before they can be applied or inhaled.
What Conditions Can Aromatherapy Products Treat?
Like other alternative therapies, Aromatherapy products does not claim to treat those conditions for which there is a particular traditional remedy; for example, it cannot provide an alternative to insulin for the treatment of diabetes.
It is also a ‘holistic’ therapy, in that treatment is not aimed at a particular condition in isolation, but seeks to improve overall health by attention to lifestyle and causative factors.
Aromatherapy can help in situations where there is no definite ‘cure, critical’ but symptomatic critical, such as muscle and joint pains, colds, and flu, premenstrual tension, headaches, and stress and anxiety.
Skin that is too dry or greasy can be improved by using the right oils, and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can also benefit.
What Does Aromatherapy Products Involve?
A visit to an aromatherapist would require a detailed discussion of your condition, after which the oils most appropriate to your needs would be selected and administered by a message, or by steam inhalation.
The skin can be excellent at absorbing oils, which may reach the bloodstream in as little as 20 minutes, and have an effect lasting up to 12 hours.
The pleasant smell acts instantly. You can, of course, practice aromatherapy at home. Soaking in a fragrant bath is one of the best ways to relieve stress and muscle aches, and choosing the most appropriate oil enhances the therapeutic effect.
How Can I Practice Aromatherapy Products?
Before you start, you should always check with your doctor that the condition you want to treat is not something that requires regular medical attention.
Aromatherapy oils can be bought as a ready-to-use a mixture aimed at a particular situation, and this is a good way to start. Experience and personal taste may lead to you mixing your therapeutic blends.
Essential oils can be obtained from specialist suppliers, and need to be diluted in an appropriate ‘carrier’ oil before they are used. More than one essential oil can be utilized.
For example, a blend for treating muscular aches and pains could include six drops each of the essential oils of bergamot, coriander, eucalyptus and rosemary in 50m1 of hazelnut oil as a carrier.
Acquiring a knowledge of the properties of the only oils will enable you to mix them to your personal specifications and requirements. Apart from being massaged into the skin, essential oils can be used in other ways.
Oils such as lavender, thyme, eucalyptus, and peppermint have antiseptic properties and can be used to purify the air in a sick room. Peppermint, basil, and fennel are all effective against nausea, and a few drops on a tissue placed in the car can help travel sickness.
The addition of essential oil to a hot or cold compress improves the soothing effect, and a popular oil used to scent a room will soon lift the spirits.
If symptoms worsen or do not improve, seek medical help at once. Essential oils taken by mouth can be lethal.
Is aromatherapy dangerous?
Generally, no. However it will not treat severe medical conditions, and its use should not prevent you from seeking professional medical help when ill.
The essential oils themselves are extremely potent and can be dangerous if taken by mouth. Some people find that certain oils are an irritant to the skin, in which case their use should be discontinued.