For Centuries cultures around the world have been using Aromatherapy or Essential Oils Therapy.
Essential oils have been used for praying, for healing, for relaxation and token of hospitality.
Not until recent decades, Essential oils have been incorporated and accepted as an alternative therapeutic treatment for ailments, such as ADD, PTSD, obesity, stomach problems, arthritis, muscle relaxation and even cancer.
But What exactly is Aromatherapy?
The inhalation or bodily application (i.e. massage) of fragrant oils for therapeutic purposes (Aromatherapy relies on very concentrated “essential” oils extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, branches, rind or roots of plants with purported healing properties.—Jane E. Brody, The New York Times, 26 Dec. 2000); broadly : the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being (Merriam_Webster Dictionary)
Aromatherapy is the science of treating your body with essential plant extracts. Allowing those extracts to enter the body in a variety of methods including inhalation, (i.e. deep breathing), massage, and in some cases through ingestion.
History of Aromatherapy
Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for over 6000 years. Essential oils were used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic and ritualistic purposes.
In the history of mankind it seems that the Egyptians were the first people to extensively make use of aromatherapy and aromatic herbs and included their use in religion, cosmetics as well as medicinal purposes.
Cleopatra created the very first Spa in history.
Aromatic essence and resins were also extensively used in the embalming process. Although it was thought that most essential oils were produced in Egypt by means of a type of enfleurage extraction method, the Egyptians in actual fact did have access to the distillation method via the Mesopotamians as distillation pots have been found at Tepe Gawra dating back about 3,500 BC. (ref. Esoteric oils)
How does it work
Researchers are not entirely clear how aromatherapy may work. Some experts believe our sense of smell may play a role. The “smell” receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories.
When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work.
Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.
Aromatherapy massage is a popular way of using essential oils because it works in several ways at the same time. Your skin absorbs essential oils and you also breathe them in. Plus, you experience the physical therapy of the massage itself. (ref. University of Maryland Medical Center)
How can we Implement Aromatherapy onto our Daily Life
Theres multiple ways that we can implement aromatherapy to our daily life, some examples, massage therapy, theres massage practitioners whom are certified aromatherapists.
Another way is burning scented candles through out the house while you are resting, adding essential oils to your bath is a great way to allow your body to absorb the molecules from the oils through the pores of your skin while inhaling the vapors through your nose.
Aromatherapy has multiple benefits, is never too late to implement it in your life.
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