The great Greek physician, Hippocrates, once said, “The way to good health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage everyday.” And 1000 years later, this remedy known as ‘Aromatherapy’ was used in Europe to treat the plague. Such is the power of this therapeutic treatment. In simple words, aromatherapy is a cure, which involves the use of volatile essential oils usually derived from plants, roots and herbs that are aromatically inhaled or applied to the body. Essential oils have been widely used for medicinal purposes, flavorings’ and fragrances. The effects of Aromatherapy works on an emotional level as it is involved with the sense of smell and the Limbic system, an area of the brain that is related to memory and smell.
There are more than 500 type of oils extracted from plants all over the world. Each essential oil has its own remedial and healing property. Nowadays, Aromatherapy is used worldwide as an alternate or supplementary form of medicine for numerous health benefits that relaxes and stimulates the body and mind. It has become one of the most popular forms of therapies in today’s world. It provides a highly effective cure for diseases and boosts physical and psychological well-being.
Aromatherapy can be implemented in a number of ways like taking an aromatic bath (add a few drops of oil to the water), getting a body massage with the oils blended in the form of cream or carrier oil. You can also use the oils in the forms of lotions and creams, depending on what type of oil is required. Aromatherapy can be conducted by a therapist or at home. Well-qualified professionals at healthcare centres or aromatherapy clinics practice aromatherapy. You can also perform this remedy at home.
Aromatherapy is known to have a lot of health benefits. It is one of the major sources of relieving stress, anxiety and works as a form of antidepressant. The aromatic compounds from essential oils help in the relaxation of the mind and body, thereby reducing levels of anxiety and depression. It triggers positive energy and emotions, which leads to a healthy body and mind. Some of the best essential oils to reduce depression and relieve anxiety are ylang ylang, chamomile, peppermint, lavender, jasmine, lemon and bergamot. Aromatherapy also works wonders when it comes to treating headaches and migraines. It also helps in curing insomnia and boosts energy levels in the body. It helps in improving immunity and digestion and increases blood circulation. Aromatherapy also helps in curbing memory loss. Although it does not entirely cure Dementia or Alzheimer’s, it helps by reducing further growth of the illnesses. It also acts as a pain relief and maintains healthy muscles and joints. Overall, Aromatherapy rejuvenates the body and mind and enhances our cognitive and physical prosperity.