Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
It is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Other stated uses include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching.
While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven.
However, some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.
This is a pure and unadulterated natural remedy to many aches, stress and dull moods etc. The essential oils that are used in this therapy are concentrated extracts which are derived from the roots, leaves and blossoms of herbs.
Essential oils are very powerful in their concentrated form. This is the reason they are not directly applied onto the skin.
They are first diluted with carrier oils like vegetable oil, apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil. When two different essential oils are mixed with carrier oil, the result is always more effective in soothing the pain and calming the mind.
But only professionals with experience know the formulations and this is the reason why aromatherapy is mostly practised in spas and parlours.
As the weekend is approaching, take a break and give a trial to this natural therapy, which will make you feel rejuvenated.
Here are 5 major benefits of Aromatherapy: