Aromatherapy, just as the name suggest, is a holistic treatment method which uses the stimulation of the sense of smell in a positive, sensually pleasing manner in order to induce a state of relaxation. Aromatherapy originates from the oriental countries (just as many other holistic methods that are being used in modern times).
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plaint oils, essential oils and aroma compounds in order to stimulate the sense of smell to promote a positive stimulation that positively effects the mood, cognitive capabilities and general psychological and physical wellbeing of the individual who is practicing this method of holistic treatment.
Aromatherapy does not fall under standard medicine, it is considered alternative medicine or a holistic method of healing and is usually used as a complementary treatment.
Aromatherapy can be applied in multiple ways such as massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate the desired response from the individual on whom this treatment method is being applied.
Benefits Of Aromatherapy
As a complementary form of medicine, the main benefits of aromatherapy include reduction of stress, mood improvement at people who have symptoms of depression, boosts energy levels, eliminates headaches, boosts cognitive performance, helps with insomnia, functions such as adaptogen (strengthens the immune system, especially for people who are sensitive to climate change), reduces pain, improves digestion and so forth.
There are no documents that support the idea that aromatherapy physically cures diseases besides the fact that it's appliance helps with previously mentioned bodily dysfunctions, but it is believed that the relaxation which the treatment induces to the psychological mental state of the individual indirectly affects the wellbeing of the body due to the improvement of mood and physical relaxation which the treatment can bring.
Aromatherapy can be applied mainly in three ways
-Topical applications (such as massage baths, therapeutic skin care and so forth).
We already mentioned that it mainly focuses on stimulating the sense of smell in a positive way in order to produce a positive experience. The nostrils are attached to the part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormone balance.
How To Use Aromatherapy
It is fairly well known that people, after a stressful day at work want take a bath with bathing salts to help them relax, go to a sauna and have a massage or simply light a nice smelling candle to relieve stress.
Aromatherapy takes these relaxation methods a little bit further and makes them legitimate methods of healing. It deconstructs the pattern in which these relaxation methods induce a state of wellbeing, improves them as much as possible and converts them into a legitimate healing regime.
If a simple bath with bathing salts or a sauna with a massage can help you after a stressful day, Imagine how impactful the effect of fully applied aromatherapy can be, if applied correctly by a professional using nothing but the best ingredients to produce the best possible result.
Aromatherapy is a great form of alternative medicine method for people who are living hectic lives, suffer from anxiety or depression or simply want to relax after enduring stress for various reasons weather that being a hard day at school, tough assignment at work or even after an exercise session at the gym.
I would advise anyone who is looking to improve their overall wellbeing, physically, emotionally and mentally to try this form of treatment so they can improve their quality of life significantly on all the parameters mentioned previously. And last but not least, aromatherapy shouldn't be looked as an appointment to the doctor but as a hobby and something you do to feel better and have fun
Article by Sam Socorro, a guest writer from Steam And Shower UK. Sam is a specialist writer and has extensive knowledge in everything related to steam showers, saunas and hydrotherapy benefits.