Aromatherapy (also known as essential oil therapy) refers to traditional therapy that use essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds. In this blog post we will share our knowledge about what aromatherapy is, where it's from and what you must know.
Where did it started?
Plant extracts have been used for thousands of years for their aromas and natural healing powers.
Aromatherapy has its roots in Egypt, China and Greece. It all began with the Egyptians who developed one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from particulair plants which were used to embalm the dead. The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, however, is thought to have roots in China.
The Greeks also played a role in the history of aromatherapy. Hippocrates is said to have practiced aromatherapy for healing purposes.
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Where does the term ''aromatherapy'' comes from?
The term "aromatherapy" first originated in French in 1937 when chemist Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils.
On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy. The proof of the fact that aromatherapy could heal wounds was only the beginning.
How Aromatherapy Works?
Aromatherapy activates areas in your nose called smell receptors, which send messages through your nervous system to your brain. The oils may activate certain areas of your brain, like your limbic system, which plays a role in your emotions.
They could also have an impact on your hypothalamus, which may respond to the oil by creating feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin.
Aromatherapy is usually used through inhalation or as a topical application.
For inhalation the oils evaporate into the air using an essential oil diffuser, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in.
Benefits of aromatherapy
Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits.
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Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain.
What really happens inside our body?
Molecules of the essential oils enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs, and from there, to other parts of the body. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.
plant oils are rich in botanical activity and antioxidants that encourage radiant and a healthy skin. By harnessing their therapeutic properties, aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Important: essential oils must never applied directly to the skin.
Essential oil must always be diluted with a carrier oil. Only a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil is the concentration. Most common carrier oils are sweet almond oil or olive oil. Always make sure you use 100% natural essential oils.
So back to the main question.
Aromatherapy helps you to take time out for yourself, to be mindful and to reconnect with yourself, even for a moment. Aromatherapy has with essential oils a dynamic effect on the mind and body.
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