Aromatherapy is a multifaceted healing art which uses the essential oils of aromatic plants and trees to promote health of body and serenity of mind.
Essential oils, or essences, are highly concentrated substances which contain active substances extracted from petals, leaves, stems, bark and wood of many plants and trees.
These oils are often confused with herbal oils or floral oils but they are in fact very different. Although herbal oils have various cosmetic uses and are good for massage, they lack the ethereal and concentrated nature of essential oils and cannot substitute them.
Synthetic oils, even if chemically similar, will lack all the natural elements, and that vital life-force, that make essential oils so valuable therapeutically. Another reason why synthetic oils are not acceptable is that the minor constituents are never identical. The addition of synthetic chemicals is not normally disclosed in the essential oil business, so unless there is a declaration that the oils are natural, pure and unadulterated, assume otherwise.
Effectiveness of Aromatherapy
There are many benefits of massaging with essential oil. Some of them are listed below:
- Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and therefore helps in the elimination of tissue wastes such as lactic and carbonic acids which build up in the muscle fibres causing aches, pains and stiffness
- Aids digestion and helps to prevent constipation
- Helps prevent and alleviate headaches
- Encourages deep sleep and helps prevent insomnia
- Helps to reduce high blood pressure
- Encourages deeper breathing and is therefore helpful for respiratory ailments. Deep breathing also brings about a feeling of letting-go, thus reducing stress levels
- Triggers the release of mood-altering brain chemicals which have the ability to reduce pain and provide a sense of well-being
- Feelings of well-being also stimulate the immune system, and thus help in strengthening our resistance to disease
- Relaxes muscles, releases pent-up emotions and gives rise to a feeling of renewed vitality and helps prevent the formation of fibrosis
- Urine flow and sweat are increased which helps in the removal of toxins
Certain oils like bergamot and lavender have a balancing effect and stimulate people who feel lethargic and they lower anxiety levels in people who are nervy.
Other oils like rosemary and black pepper, produce beta brainwaves and make people alert.
If, however, an aroma is disliked its effect will be completely blocked.
Breathing in the aromas of nature make us feel more beautiful and tranquil and help us engage our inner strength to transform the worries of the day.
Together, Aromatherapy and massage have many benefits enabling us to live with ourselves and with the society in peace and harmony.