There’s something to be said about the rejuvenating, refreshing, relaxing sensation you get when you inhale the aroma of the pure essential oils in whatever they are in – 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 was used to treat anything from aches and pains to serious health disorders. Aromatherapy was an important healing practice that was used in our age old Ayurvedic cures.
Today aromatherapy is primarily associated with the beauty and spa industries, although it has been known to provide supportive care for many health issues. You can use aromatherapy to manage wellness problems associated with our lifestyle like stress, fatigue, aches and pains, sleepless etc.
How aromatherapy works
Aromatherapy is the art and science of restoring physical and mental balance and wellness using natural essences or oils extracted from plants, trees, herbs, flowers, roots and bark. The essences are used as standalones or blends to promote body’s natural healing process. The pure essences or the oils 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 a variety of wellness conditions. Research shows that few drops of essential aroma oils can influence moods and induce feelings of wellness, while relaxing and reducing stress.
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. Interestingly you can use aromatherapy along with your regular treatment to manage simple colds, constipation, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders and fatigue. The aroma oils are excellent for treating skin problems like dryness, acne, sensitivity and hair issues like hair fall, dandruff, itchy scalp etc.
How to use aromatherapy oils at home
It is really simple to use aroma oils in your daily life to keep your skin, hair and health in good shape. 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. You can blend few drops of these essential oils into your body oil, hair oil, shampoo, body lotion and moisturiser to reap their benefits. For instance, you can blend a few drops of lavender oil in your shampoo to manage itchy, dry scalp. If your skin is prone to acne flareups then mix a drop or two of tea tree oil or peppermint oil to your moisturiser to keep your skin balanced and excess oil under control.
If you select the right combination of essential oils for your needs, you will find the benefits will stand you in good stead.