Aromatherapy is actually a form of alternative medicinal therapy, wherein plant oils, inclusive of essential oils are used for providing both physical and psychological wellness to patients. Even though, the origin of this therapy is not known, it is believed that Egyptians were the first to invest the oil extraction techniques. But, the Chinese were known to have used this therapy for mood enhancement in patients.
In addition to the usage of essential oils, this technique uses different complementary materials like mud, sugar, milk, hydrosols, herb extracts and vegetable oils for providing relief from different ailments to patients. Generally, this method involves three application methods and they are aerial diffusion, topical application and direct inhalation. Here are some details about these three application techniques:
• Aerial diffusion: This method is generally used for making the air and surroundings infection free.
• Topical application: Used as a massage in therapeutic skin care.
• Direct inhalation: This method is used for patients with respiratory issues and for infections. This method is known to bring many psychological benefits to patients.
Unaltered form of essential oils is used:
In this technique, essential oils and soothing fragrances are used without any alteration. These oils have the potential to heal the body, apart from providing excellent relaxation to mind and soul as well by bringing down aches and stress. The essential oils used in this method are pure and natural as they are directly extracted from the flowers, leaves and roots of herbal plants and trees. The healing capacity of a particular oil is identified with the help of different active ingredients present in it. As these essential oils are highly powerful, experts state that they should not be applied directly to the body in concentrated form and this is why for diluting the essential oil, almond, kernel and vegetable oils are used and then the combo is used for providing treatment to patients. These additional oils are jointly called as carrier oils.
Mixing of oils:
Mixing of different oils to the essential oils is actually a complex process and it needs proper knowledge. This is why, this technique is still limited to the spas and parlors. Experts state that this technique brings a direct effect on the brain through the olfactory system. These oils can help to relieve pain, cold, itching, hair loss and short-term memory loss. Even though, this technique does not actually cure any diseases, it strengthens the immune system of the body. So, the benefits of this technique is innumerable and it is used as a tonic, antibacterial, analgesic, astringent, antiseptic, sedative, expectorant and anti-fungal remedy.
This alternative therapy has proven itself as one of the effective methods as it can bring a wide range of therapeutic benefits without causing any side-effect when done by an expert. This technique can bring a positive impact not only to the body of patients, but their soul and mind as well. In short, it can relieve stress and can help patients lead a peaceful life.