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Benefits and Uses of Aromatherapy

3/5/2012 4:07:24 PM | by Anonymous


Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils or other aromatic natural botanical oils for psychological and physical well being. The essential oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. These oils are believed to bring therapeutic effects when inhaled or applied to the skin.


Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, lemon, rosemary, orange blossom and jasmine are just a few of many types of essential oil. Each has its own health giving properties. Eucalyptus or peppermint are said to make you feel energized. On the other hand, lavender and chamomile, gives a relaxing and sleepy feeling. Lemon and rosemary can make provide vitality when you’ are feeling tired. An active ingredient from orange blossom oil is thought to be calming while the aroma of jasmine oil has a pleasing, uplifting effect on mind and helps fight depression.


Aromatherapy works by either inhaling or applying the essential oils to the skin. We can feel the effect brought by these oils once the inhaled scent reaches the part of the brain that influences the physical, mental and emotional health. Also, applying essential oils on the skin can make it feel soft. A perfect way to achieve both effects is through therapy massage. The oil is absorbed by the skin while being massaged and at the same time can breath in the aroma.


It is now easy to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Essential oils can be found in lotions, gels, inhalants, candles, bath salts, room sprays, vaporizers and perfumes. But be careful in buying products that claim they contain essential oils. Some contains artificial ingredients that hinder it in giving full therapeutic effect. Expect that some essential oils cost higher depending on its quality. Good quality aromatherapy oils come in colored bottle to protect it from damaging caused by sunlight. To experience the full effect of aromatherapy, it is best not to settle to second rate essential oils.

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