There’s something to be said about the rejuvenating, refreshing, relaxing sensation you get when you inhale the pure essential oils in whatever form they may be – as your body oil, a scented candle, soothing bath water, or incense stick. That’s aromatherapy for you. It is one of the oldest forms of holistic healing techniques that were used to treat anything from aches and pains to serious health disorders.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of restoring physical and mental balance using natural essences or oils extracted from plants, trees, herbs, flowers, roots and bark. The essences are used as standalone or blends to promote body’s natural healing process. Aromatherapy was an important healing practice that was used in a big way in our age old Ayurvedic cures.
How it works
According to Dr Blossom Kochhar, leading aromatherapist, and founder of the brand Aroma Magic, the pure essences have aromatic molecules that get easily absorbed by the body when you apply on the skin or inhale them. These aroma molecules get into the blood stream and stimulate the immune system which in turn helps in healing various ailments.
Massages with aroma oils also relaxes the mind and body, and as you feel stress drain away from your body, natural healing process can take over and cure your physiological issues. Research shows that few drops of essential aroma oils can influence moods and induce feelings of wellness, while relaxing and reducing stress.
Today aromatherapy is primarily associated with the beauty and spa industries, although it has been known to provide supportive care for many serious ailments as it reduces stress and energises the mind. In fact in countries like Japan and France, aromatherapy is often used in medical treatment for conditions such as seizures, diabetes, serious skin and hair problems.
In fact, many healthcare practitioners today are trying out holistic healing with aromatherapy in the treating simple colds and flu, easing stress and anxiety, sleep disorders. Many are using this to treat constipation, severe hair fall, eczema and reduce post-operative nausea.
Aromatherapy at home
It’s not always easy to rush to a spa to get your dose of aromatherapy. You can create your own in few easy steps. If you select the right combination of essential oils for your needs, you will find the benefits will stand you in good stead.
Do not ever use an essential oil directly on your skin and hair. Blend the essential oil of your choice with a career oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil etc. You need to put just few drops into the career oil to experience the benefits. Another great way to do a simple aromatherapy at home is to put few drops in your bath water and take a bath.