What is aromatherapy?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 14, 2017
Research shows that anyone with the following health conditions can likely benefit from aromatherapy:
- Chronic stress or anxiety
- Insomnia and trouble sleeping
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Respiratory infections
- Digestive upset
- PMS or menopause symptoms
- Skin problems or disorders, including bites, rashes, bruising, cellulite or acne.
- Blood sugar fluctuations
Aromatherapy oils can have both sedative and stimulant effects, plus positive effects on the immune system and central nervous system. Recent studies have shown that fragrant aromatherapy oils have the limbic system, which helps control both emotional responses and behaviours.
Proven Benefits of Aromatherapy
Lavender, chamomile and many other oils can help people who feel stressed or anxious to relax. The scent of lavender is believed to have a practically universal calming effect that lowers activation of the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the fight or flight response and physical symptoms, such as sweaty palms or a racing heart. The study showed that patients who received aromatherapy reported significantly greater improvement in their mood and perceived levels of anxiety and felt anxious and more positive immediately following the therapy.
Helps Improve Sleep Quality
Those with insomnia, anxiety, or even restless leg syndrome and hot flashes that strike during the night can benefit from sleep-inducing essential oils, including lavender oil, chamomile, rose, and ylang-ylang.
An hour or so prior to going to sleep, try diffusing essential oils in your bedroom using either an aromatherapy candle, electronic diffuser or oil burner. Diffusing aromatherapy oil works by releasing very tiny particles into the air that can be directly inhaled through the nostrils, where they travel to the brain and are able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Treats Respiratory Issues
Certain aromatherapy oils have antiseptic properties that can cleanse the air of bacteria, fungus, and mold that can contribute to respiratory problems, such as congestion, coughing or sneezing. Citrus oil in aromatherapy practices can help improve overall immune function and reduce fatigue associated with depressive states.
Essential oils that can help you overcome sinus infections, allergies, colds, the flu or coughs, and fatigue include eucalyptus, peppermint, frankincense, rosemary, myrrh, lemon, oregano and tea tree.
Improve Skin Health
Diluted essential oils can be spritzed onto the skin or scalp to reduce acne, dandruff, cellulite, toe fungus, itching, and inflammation from bites, rashes or to improve wound healing. Tea tree oil is one of the most popular oils for treating skin problems since it has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and other cleansing qualities.
Other aromatherapy oils for skin include lavender, clary sage, juniper berry, lemon, orange, helichrysum, and frankincense.
Can help manage symptoms or Side Effects of Cancer
It is used by patients with cancer primarily supportive care during treatment, for stress reduction or pain management, or simply for general well-being.
Soothes Pain and Inflammation
It is used to soothe tight or tense muscles, achy joints, inflamed tissue injuries, or pain from headaches, a combination of different aromatherapy oils can be inhaled or applied to the trouble area. Essential oils for arthritis include ginger, myrrh, turmeric, and orange.
Improves digestion and lowers Nausea
Aromatherapy oils, such as ginger, turmeric, grapefruit, peppermint, lemon, chamomile, and eucalyptus, can help curb acid reflux, ulcers, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness or stomach aches due to PMS.
Popular aromatherapy oils for improving hormonal balance, “feminine power” and sexual health include clary sage, sandalwood, rosemary, geranium, ylang ylgang and neroli.