Aromatherapy was practiced by Egyptians 5000 years before alternative medicine was officially invented. The oil extracted from aromatic plants by infusion was used for cosmetics, medicinal purposes, embalming, and other purposes. This knowledge was passed to the Greeks, which led to more discoveries such as the relaxing and stimulating effects of certain flowers’ fragrances. Further back, the dependence of ancient man on his environment for all his basic survival and needs led him to discover natural methods of food preservation and treatment of different conditions with herbs and aromatics.
1. Eastern Roots
Shen Nung, a 2700 BC Chinese herbal book that details the use of aromatics, also shows this. It contains specific information on over 300 plants and their applications. Many of their modern counterparts continue to practice the ancient Chinese tradition of lighting incense and burning wood, which is still a part of many of their religious practices. Acupressure, massage, and aromatherapy were all part of the Chinese tradition.
2. Modern Health Treatment
Many people place a high value on their health and well-being. Many people are turning to alternative medicine, such as aromatherapy or essential oils therapy, due to the high cost of conventional or traditional medicine like surgery and medicare.
– Natural means facilitate a healthy balance of mental, physical and spiritual health
These alternative treatments can sometimes be considered strong and effective additions to regular medicine in certain cases.
Essential oils are the main component of aromatherapy.
– Essential oils are concentrated essences that have healing properties.
4. Essential Oils
These oils are extracted from flowers, such as roses; leaves (basil is one example); twigs; bark; fruit and other parts of the plant. Experts warn that extracting oil can be tedious, complicated and time-consuming. It also requires patience. Recognizing and accepting these factors is crucial. Extracting 5 teaspoons of oil can require more than 220 pounds rose petals. Pure essential oils are expensive because of this process. However, they can still be effective as a treatment that only requires a few drops to achieve the desired effect. The less expensive synthetic oils are an option, but they don’t have the same healing properties as their natural counterparts.
5. How it works
The olfactory and limbic systems are stimulated by essential oils. These body systems and parts are stimulated by the oils’ fragrances, properties and effects. These oils are inhaled by the body during a massage. They penetrate the skin and reach the organs and systems. Experts recommend that you avoid bathing or showering immediately following a massage, as this can reduce the amount of oil absorption.
6. The effects last for days, not hours
A fragrance’s longevity can vary from 3-24 hours to 2-3 day to 2 days to about a week. Peppermint, Eucalyptus
Thyme, bergamot, and sandalwood are oils that have a very short-lasting scent. The scents of balm, hyssop and lavender last for 2-3 days. Some oils, such as cedarwood, sandalwood and ginger, can take up to a week to evaporate completely.
7. Get a Sense of Calm
A balanced perfume is essential for achieving a person’s desired health balance. This can be created using any combination of three oils that are long-lasting. You can mix these aromatherapy blends into warm baths to calm and relax, relieve stress, depression, and energize the body and any aching parts. Essential oils can enhance the healing and calming effects of a massage. To prevent skin irritations or other adverse reactions, essential oils must be used in carrier oils. Avocado oil, olive oil sunflower oil, hazelnut oil, soybean oil, almond oil and soya oil are some of the carrier oils that help to dilute essential oils.