The Aromatherapy Health Connection
If you listen to some of the experts on the subject, there is a strong aromatherapy health connection. Using essential oils and other plant extracts, aromatherapy is used for the purpose of improving health, increasing productivity, enhancing mood and a great deal more. The major basis behind aromatherapy is that scent has a powerful effect on certain areas of the brain. Pure aromatherapy usually involves essential oils and can be used in a variety of ways. For example, the aroma can be infused into the air, wafted under the nose or used in a massage and/or bath oil.
Essential aromatherapy is easy to experiment with, all you need are essential oils and a method of inhaling their scent. The only word of caution is to avoid applying undiluted essential oils to the skin as this may cause some degree of irritation. You can use essential oils on the skin, however, they must be well diluted in one of the carrier oils like olive, jojoba, grapeseed or apricot to name several. The carrier oil you need depends on your skin type. For example, jojoba is light enough for oily skin while olive oil is ideal for dry skin. Before dropping money on essential oils, research their uses and choose the ones that are suited to your needs.
While there are books devoted to the subject of aromatherapy, there are some popular oils you may want to consider. For example, eucalyptus is ideal for opening the sinus passages. Lavender is a very calming scent. Lemon essential oil is thought to be a mood elevator and a stress reliever. If you’re looking to put together a love potion, the essential oils of rose, ylang-ylang and sandalwood are said to be an aphrodisiac. Jasmine and peppermint are recommended scents for increasing worker productivity. There are just some of the oils available and their traditional aromatherapeutic uses.
As always, before experimenting with aromatherapy health remedies, do check with your doctor. As an example of caution, some scents, like basil, should not be used by pregnant women. Also if you are using a topical application for a particular medical purpose it is wise to get checked out by your physician for diagnosis and treatment. Aromatherapy can be the sole remedy for some conditions like increasing cognitive awareness or boosting a lagging libido, but for other conditions like joint pain or influenza, for instance, it should be used in conjunction with professional medical treatment received from your doctor.