Everything You Need to Know About Aromatherapy
The olfactory system or the sense of smell is a very important part of the human sensory system. The sense of smell has since long helped humans be alert of danger, find food, taste food and even in mating.
The fact that deodorants and similar products are selling like hotcakes is a simple example depicting the importance of this concept.
Why the Sense of Smell is Important?
Health: There are certain smells that warn us of danger such as that of fire or gas leakage or rotten food.
Memory: Smell is closely linked with memory. There are high chances that you remember a place, a person or a memory by its smell
Taste: Smell is very important for the taste sense. This is the reason why food doesn’t taste good if we have a fever or blocked nose.
Spirit: Smell nurtures us by improving our mood and enhancing positive emotions. You can surely recall the last time youfelt a flow of energy when you smelt something wonderful.
What is meant by Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses extracts from plants and essential oils which are inhaled or applied on the body (such as massage) for healing, therapy or for cosmetic purposes. In simple words, it is the therapy that makes use of aroma as the medium.
The term “aromatherapie” was coined by the French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. He is regarded as the father of aromatherapy.
He coined the word to differentiate the medicinal applications of aroma from the perfumery applications.
Aromatherapists use combinations of essential oils, absolutes, aroma lamps, carrier oils, infusions and vaporizers for the improvement of physical, mental and psychological wellbeing.
Types of Aromatherapy
This can be direct inhalation or aerial diffusion where the environment is fragranced. The oils evaporate into the air by the use of diffusers, sprays or can be directly inhaled by a steam bath. In addition to providing a pleasant smell, they also have calming effects on our body and also provide psychological benefits.
This method includes application of the essential oils by using massages, or baths. Massaging the area of application of the essential oils is said to improve the blood circulation in the area as well as improve the absorption.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is helpful in treating for a range of conditions, including:
- Body pain
- Anxiety, stress
- Circulatory problems
Precautions to be taken
Even though there are several benefits of aromatherapy there are some conditions where you have to be cautious in using aromatherapy:
- In case of Allergies of any kind
- In case of asthma
- In case of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
DIY Ways to Practice Aromatherapy
There are several ways you can improve your wellbeing by using aromatherapy. You can take small steps such as using natural air fresheners at home, using essential oils, using incense sticks and the like. To obtain the maximum benefit of aromatherapy it is advised to visit a qualified aromatherapist.