Essential oil therapy, or Aromatherapy is an art of using natural aromatic extracts of plants and herbs that unify physiological, psychological and spiritual well-being of a human being. It is a natural and non-invasive methodology that helps to assist the body’s natural ability to balance , heal and regulate. An active method and a preventive approach that has been observed to be succeeded even during acute and chronic stages of illness or disease.
It can be applied in three ways – Aerial diffusion, Direct Inhalation and Topical Applications. Under Aerial diffusion air is disinfected with specific fragrance with the help of essential oil diffusers that evaporate oil into air. Under direct inhalation method, a person directly breaths the vapours of essential oils . Essential oils are applied over skin via massage and bath under Tropical applications.
Over the years, aromatherapy has come up as an effective treatment for the common syndromes like Anxiety, Headache, Insomnia etc. Following are the 10 proven health benefits of to deriven from Aromatherapy with no side-effects.
Aromatherapy is considered as an effective natural means of anxiety reduction. A research conducted in 2014 by American College of Healthcare Sciences proved that a aromatherapy hand massage reported a considerable less amount of anxiety as compared to massage with a regular oil. Essential Oils Like Lavender has a very calming effect that restores the nervous system with inner peace and sleep while Rose Oil helps in relieving panic attacks and shocks. Vetiver oil loaded with reassuring energy decreases jitteriness and hypersensitivity while Bergamot Oil induces relaxation and reduces agitation.
Researches also proved that a head massage with 1.5 percent dilution of essential oil with sweet almond oil is more effective for pain and Depression management as compared to a regular oil massage. Chamoline Vapours loaded with soothing qualities is a natural remedy for Depression. Essential oil like Ylang Ylang has positive effects on your moods thus curbs depression. Oils like Lavender and Bergamot are equally effective in eradicating depression syndrome.
Boosts Energy Level
Till Now Coffee has been considered as an instant energy booster but higher consumption of Coffee surely comes up with some side-effects. So Aromatherapy is a way out which will not only make you feel more energetic and productive but is free from any side-effects as well. Essential Oils like Lemon Oil improves your concentration levels while Orange Oil makes you more focused and productive. Eucalyptus Oil stimulates your brain and thus improve the energy levels while Cinnamon Oil increases the blood flow to your brain resulting in energy level stimulation.
Speeds up the healing process
Aromatherapy is equally effective in healing wounds or diseases. Antimicrobial properties of essential oils like lavender, Calendula, Rosehip, Everlasting, and Buckthorn not only keeps your body protected during the healing phase, it also increases the inflow of oxygen and blood circulation to wounds leading to accelerated recovery of such wounds.
Be it a Headache or a severe Migrain, Aromatherapy is always a safer and effective alternative over painkillers that come with host of side-effects .Essential oils like Eucalyptus eases Headaches associated with sinus as it contains both anti-inflammatory and expectorant qualities. Another powerful anti-inflammatory Helichrysum and Lavender are equally effective in alleviating Headaches. Chamomile Oil with sedative properties and Peppermint Oil with menthol properties eases the Headaches and muscular pains.
Boosts Cognitive Performance
Aromas of essential oils like Peppermint increases alertness and Ylang-Ylang increases calmness. It has a significant and idiosyncratic effects on human behavior. Peppermint oil is effective in enhancing the focus and concentration and boosting memory. Add few drops of Peppermint essential oil with one cup of water in spray mister or grow mint indoors to boost your cognitive performance.
Lifestyle today has induced the problem of Insomnia to a great extent. Great work pressures and unbalanced diet increases the levels of sleeplessness. Aromatherapy is an effective measure to induce sleep and thus relives you from such problems. Diffuse 2-3 drops of Bergamot Oil, 30-60 minutes before your bedtime or rub it around your nose and inhale deeply to experience a sound sleep. Essential oils like Valerian, Valor and Roman Chamomile also helps you to sleep better.
Strengthens The Immune System
A stronger immune system makes you less vulnerable to illness and vice-verse. Diffusion of essential oils like Bay laurel, Cinnamon leaf, Eucalyptus Globulus, Frankincense, Oregano and Sage is a first line of defense that boosts your immune system and makes you less prone to diseases and illness. Oils like Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine needle, Sandalwood stimulates the production of White Blood cells in your body and help your body build up its immune system.
Pains like muscle pain and spasms, low back pain, headaches can be alleviated with the use of Chamomile Oil under Aromatherapy while Eucalyptus is effective in reliving nerve pain. The analgesic and antispasmodic properties of Rosemary Oil is effective in eradicating joint pain, muscle pain and back pain as well as headaches. If you suffer from muscle tension or spasm, you can try Clary Sage Oil to get a considerable relief.
Aromatherapy not just relives your muscles but it also aids to your digestion. Simply sniffing the aromatherapy oils like Ginger, Basil, Coriander and Black pepper kick starts the process where brain gets signals via our sensory receptors and alert the digestive juices to be released thus improves the digestion. Organ-detoxifying stomach massages with essential oils aids digestion as well.
Aromatherapy is always beneficial when it comes to health and distress. It is 100% safe treatment for any health related issue.