The Benefits of Aromatherapy

The benefits of aromatherapy

There are a slew of treatment options available today, but few are as non-intrusive as aromatherapy. Fragrances released by essential oils are used to treat various conditions. Aromatherapy can be applied by either inhalation through the nose or by application of the oils to the skin.

benefits of aromatherapy

Relieves anxiety, battles depression and stress
Essential oils such as orange, rose, bergamot, sandalwood, lemon, and lavender are all helpful in alleviating tension, relaxing the body and helping battle stress. All of these also make it helpful for those dealing with depression. Peppermint, jasmine, lavender, and chamomile, are especially good as a complementary treatment for depression. A blend of essential oils is also sometimes employed to evoke positive emotions in the brain by stimulating positive feelings and memories. Lemon oil, peppermint, ylang ylang also help cope with stress.

Improves sleep
Lavender oil is known to help with sleep-related disorders, especially if you are undergoing a lot of anxiety. It can help balance your sleep patterns enabling better sleep at night, and offering a more peaceful state of mind.

Eases childbirth
Peppermint oil if inhaled during labour is said to reduce nausea and the need to vomit. Others like lavender, frankincense and rose could even help reduce the sensation of pain.

Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Certain oils like tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and bergamot, to name a few, have antibacterial, antifungal as well as antiviral properties making them a great option to build immunity and fight off infections. However, the manner in which they are administered may vary greatly, some may need to be blended into a base oil and inhaled, others may be used in creams and so on.

Managing pain
Some essential oils like Lavender oil can help make dialysis needle jabs more tolerable. Little children undergoing tonsillectomy may also feel less pain by the use of such oils during aromatherapy.

Treating hair loss
Anyone with alopecia or hair loss can benefit from the use of a deep conditioning treatment employing some essential oils. A mix of thyme, lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary, with carriers like grapeseed and jojoba is one such blend.

Do away with headaches
There is a whole bunch of aromatherapy treatments for headaches. A therapist may recommend any of these oils on their own or in combination, depending on the underlying causes of your headache. Commonly used essential oils are basil, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, thyme, ylang ylang, and marjoram.

Dealing with indigestion and constipation
People with digestion problems often find aromatherapy beneficial in easing some of their symptoms. Citrus essential oils are particularly good. Essential oils of lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, orange, peppermint, ginger, fennel, anise, basil, thyme, rosemary and sandalwood, each have their unique benefits.

As with any alternative therapy, the measure of success you experience form undergoing aromatherapy hinges on how much faith you have in the treatment. Even more because the oils sometimes rely on evoking certain memories or feelings through the sense of smell, to treat problems. Whatever your reasons for using aromatherapy be, remember to always consult a trained aromatherapy specialist before you begin a course of treatment.