What is Aromatherapy and its Benefits?

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Aromatherapy, also known as essential therapy, is a form of treatment, which uses different plant extracts and essential oils. The aroma of plant extracts or essential oils enhances an individual’s physical health and mental well-being. The use of Aromatherapy has been popular since ancient times. Earlier during the ancient period, plant extracts were used as medicines and used for religious purposes. Recently, Aromatherapy has gained popularity amongst many people.

How does Aromatherapy work?

The aromatic product comes in many forms, usually sensed through smell or used as a body product. 

Aromatic products available in the market include:

  • Diffusers
  • Scented candles
  • Bath salts
  • Face masks

The most common type of aromatic product is essential oils. There are various types of essential oils now available in the market, all in unique flavours. Some of the most popular flavours of the essential oil include:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Orange oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil

Lavender oil helps in relaxation and sleep, also is an excellent antiseptic for minor cuts. It also helps in relieving migraine and their symptoms.

Lemon oil helps with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Rosemary oil is beneficial for boosting memory, promoting hair growth and the circulatory system. Tea tree oil is usually found in hair and skincare products. Tea tree contains antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It is ideal for treating acne.

What are some benefits of Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of therapy, which works as a support to any other treatment; it does not cure any illness. Aromatherapy is famous for its refreshing effects on the body, and it works as a type of relaxation for the mind and body. A relaxed body and mind are always better functioning.

Following are some conditions, which reduce through Aromatherapy:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Alopecia

Essential oils are usually safe to use but should never be used directly on the skin or consumed. Using essential oils directly on the skin can irritate. Therefore, it is always advised to use the essential oils after they get diluted. It is always better to take advice from a medical expert before using any product of the essential oils on the skin or hair or take a patch test of the different types of oils to see if a particular kind causes any irritation/allergy or not. Diffusers used for Aromatherapy do not have any harmful properties. However, some people may not like a specific flavour, and it might make them feel uncomfortable. Therefore, it is better to use a small sample before buying a larger quantity diffuser. Also, it is essential to choose brands, which are trustworthy because artificial essential oils can cause severe side effects to the skin, hair or overall health.