Aromatherapy and its benefits
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Aromatherapy and its benefits

Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt used aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils

Aromatherapy and its benefits

There are numerous ways to cure pain and illnesses. Aromatherapy one such unique way that is gaining popularity in the field of alternative medicine and medical science. Aromatherapy is an organic, holistic healing treatment that uses natural aromatic plant extracts such as oils are used for the well being of the body, mind and spirit.

Aromatherapy is also sometimes known as essential oil therapy. Research shows that it has been in use for 1000 years. The term "Aromatherapy" was given by French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé. Ancient cultures in China, India and Egypt used aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils.

How does Aromatherapy work?

Aromatherapy works with the sense of smell and skin absorption by using a variety of products such as essential oils, diffusers, inhalers, bathing salts, steamers, clay, hot and cold compressors, body oil or lotion for massage.

These products can be used in combination and alone too. Experts say essential oils used during aromatherapy activates areas in your nose called smell receptors, which sends messages to your nervous system.

When these oils activate a certain part of your brain, you may start feeling good because of the feel-good chemical release. Oils used during therapy on the skin also works to reduce joint pain and enhance body efficiency.

Benefits of aromatherapy

  • Ease the side effects of cancer treatment such as pain and nausea.
  • Reduces the stress and anxiety level
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Ease some particular types of pain like kidney stone pain, knee pain.
  • Fight bacteria on the skin
  • Helps to relax the body
  • Improves the quality of life for people suffering from chronic diseases.
  • Reduces the symptoms of depression.

Are there any side effects of Aromatherapy?

Products used in aromatherapy especially oils are made up of natural things like flowers, herbs, seeds and leaves but it depends on an individual's skin type. Some people can also be allergic to a particular
kind of product. Skin irritation, headache, rashes, redness and nausea are some of the side effects of aromatherapy that can be seen in some people.