What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine. It uses volatile plant materials known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds to help alter someones mood, thinking or health. While evidence for the efficacy of aromatherapy in treating medical conditions is not well established, there is some evidence supporting the therapeutic potential. The term aromatherapy was first used in 1937 in a French book on the subject.

The use of essential oils for healing purposes has been around for a very long time. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to treat or prevent disease. It is also used for anxiety reduction, short term memory improvement, relaxation, enhancing energy, preventing hair loss, and reducing eczema-induced itching.

Aromatherapy can affect the brain and limbic system through the olfactory system. Another affect is caused by the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. Aromatherapy doesnt heal, but allows the body to find a natural way to cure itself while helping improve immune responses.

Some popular uses of aromatherapy include using lemon oil as an anti-depressant. Lemon oil can help enhance ones mood and aid relaxation. Peppermint oil can deter ants when you apply a few drops on their trail. Lavender and tea tree oil are often used as antiseptics, and can be found in lotions or soaps.

Lavender oil is used to help heal wounds and burns. Essential oils have also been found effective when used in dental mouthwash. Essential oils are very concentrated and can irritate the skin, so they are usually used in a carrier oil before topical application.
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