Aromatherapy is a method of extracting essential oils from plants and using them for therapeutic purposes. Therapeutic benefits include reducing anxiety or stress, easing depression, inducing sleep, soothing pain, and more. Using aromatherapy in these cases have been practiced since the 11th century and are still extremely popular in the world today.
The essential oils that are extracted from plants are distilled and diluted with a carrier oil to make them less potent. Combining essential oils can lead to a countless range of possibilities but it is important to always consult a trained aromatherapist to avoid possible allergies or toxic combinations. Aromatherapy is used by stimulating smell receptors that send messages to travel through the nervous system until it reaches the part of the brain that controls emotions. There are many ways to use aromatherapy and obtain the benefits that are released from the oils.
The most popular ways to use aromatherapy include massages, breathing it in, and using it in a bath. During a massage the oils are rubbed onto the skin and allowed to soak in. The aroma is breathed in during the massage and the desired calming results are achieved. Aromatherapy diffusers can be purchased to disperse the vapors into the room and release their healing properties. Another popular type of diffuser are reed diffusers, which are pleasant to look at as well as smell. Similar to the way that the oils are absorbed into the skin during a massage, oils added to baths are a great way to pamper yourself and benefit from essential oil.
The most popular scents used in aromatherapy include lavender, peppermint, lemon, chamomile, jasmine, and eucalyptus. The most common categories the scents are separated into is stress relief, sleep aid, easing depression, boosting energy, healing, and boosting the immune system. Blending oils is a way to create a more powerful effect when done carefully and with the right training.
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