Commonly associated with complementary and alternative medicine, aromatherapy-a word originally introduced in 1928 by a French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, to describe the therapeutic action of the plants’ aroma-is generally used today to boost a person’s physiological or psychological state. Since the ancient Chinese civilization, as far back as 4,500BC, the Greek alchemists and the Egyptians practitioners, some centuries later, or contemporary aromatherapy fans, essential oils have been distilled by boiling and steaming from the plants, to be added to cosmetic products, medicine and food. These essential oils (EOs), which today are mostly extracted in labs from a variety of plants with special chemical treatments, are used by contemporary massage therapy practitioners or the vast public. Researchers have found that aromatherapy products increase the positive outcomes one may experience after inhaling and exhaling the released aromatic essences as these EOs are dissolved in water or are applied directly over skin.
Most people have been introduced to aromatherapy, as part of their massage therapy, or as a “luxury” process they are experiencing once in a while when treating themselves during a relaxing bath. The main branches of aromatherapy include, home aromatherapy, which takes place when one is self treated with the aid of perfumes and cosmetic products, clinical aromatherapy, which is an essential part of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy, ad finally, aromachology, which is a distinct term for the study of the effects of odors on one’s mind and psychological state. But, regardless of the frequency one selects to perform an aromatherapy act, the fact still remains that the art of aromatherapy harnesses the potent pure essences of aromatic plants, flowers and resins to work on two powerful of human senses-smell and touch-to restore the balance between body and mind.
Aromatherapy has to be experienced a holistic type of therapy that works on a person if the “patient” is open to receive its unique characteristics. Used in treatments against stress, or to reduce minor ailments and negative emotional states, aromatherapy should not be considered as a substitute of conventional medical treatment, but rather a complementary method one has to attain a positive result for his or her health in less time. For instance, if somebody suffers from back aches traditional medical treatment should not be avoided just because an aromatherapy session has been scheduled. Especially for serious medical conditions, such as cancer, heart conditions, asthma, high blood pressure, neural disorders, and post-operative states, aromatherapy cannot be applied as the sole method of treatment to help a patient recover or fight the health situation. Nevertheless, an aromatherapy massage can go a long way.
Due to their high concentration levels, aromatic essential oils are measured in drops and used in a variety of ways. Scented candles, body and facial creams, or house-keeping products like room sprays, disperse their fragrance in the air and help people feel better. Whether one wishes to feel more relaxed or increase his or her energy levels, experiencing an aromatherapy massage through the use of essential oils is a therapeutic treatment for both mind and body that can work miracles on a person’s nervous system. Improving a person’s immune system and balancing emotions, essential oils penetrate the body via the skin and have a tremendously welcomed feeling of comfort. Thus, experience aromatherapy and let your body reach your type of “nirvana”-internal balance and peace.