The Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Among the most effective and popular ways of unwinding mentally and physically, harnessing the power of plants through aromatherapy and essential oils can really put you in the right place to feel at peace, experience relief from pain and relax the body.

Aromatherapy and using plants to heal, heighten the senses and more goes back to ancient times and different cultures have uncovered a great many ways to use the essential oils and parts of plants to achieve this.

So what is it? 

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that utilises natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being; it’s sometimes referred to as essential oil therapy. By using aromatic essential oils in a medicinal way, it improves the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances physical and emotional health as well as smelling amazing and being a real rush for the senses.

Thought of as both an art and a science, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in recent years in the fields of science and medicine.

Where does it come from?

The human race has used the benefits of aromatherapy for millennia. As far back as Ancient Egypt and historically in China and India, aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils have been used medicinally. Also used for religious purposes, they were shown and believed to contain components that offer physical and psychological benefits.

Distillation of essential oils goes back to Persians in the 10th Century. However, it is believed that oils have been in use for a long time prior to this. 

Medical doctors became more established in the 19th century and focused on using chemical drugs. However, the French and German doctors still recognised the role of natural botanicals in treating illness. 

The term “aromatherapy” itself was first coined by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. The book discusses the use of essential oils in treating medical conditions; Gattefossé himself used lavender to treat burns and found it to be soothing and beneficial. 

What benefits are there?

Aromatherapy has so many benefits. It can help with the following:

  • Ease and manage pain
  • Build and improve sleep quality
  • Ease discomfort as a result of labour
  • Reduce agitation, irritability, stress and anxiety
  • Soothe and relieve sore joints
  • Treat tension and stress headaches and associated migraines
  • Help to fight against viruses, bacteria or fungus
  • Alleviate or soothe the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy
  • Add to the calming effects needed in hospice and palliative care
  • Aid and improve digestion
  • Can help boost immunity

If you’d like to know more and which essential oils are beneficial to your condition, just get in touch. We can provide advice to start you on your aromatherapy journey and recommend the right oils to try.


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