About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been used throughout history for many years without a specifically designated name,. In 1937 French perfumer and chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse who coined the term ‘aromatherapie’. He also published a book on the therapy and the use of essential oils to treat medical conditions and ailments. Over the years the practice has developed as much more than just essential oils, it has adopted a more compressive holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit.

The practice is primarily the use of using natural oils extracted from flowers, barks, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance both the psychological and physical wellbeing of a person.

Inhaling the aroma from essential oils can stimulate brain functions and help to alleviate any tension and pressure on the brain also. In addition to inhaling the oils they can be absorbed through the skin of a person, this allows them to travel through the bloodstream, helping to promote whole body healing.

Seen as an alternative practice of medicine, aromatherapy has gained massive momentum and popularity as a treatment people choose to use. The therapy can be used to help in treating several conditions such as providing pain relief, mood enhancement or increased cognitive functions. With many different essential oils to choose from, each of them with their own unique healing properties.

What Aromatherapy Can Be Used to Treat

Used for many years the therapy can be used to treat several physical and mental conditions, which it has been proven successful in treating many ailments and conditions. Although used by many people in the home to simply create a relaxing and aromatic atmosphere it can be used as a therapy in treatment centres and clinics to help with a number of conditions.

The oils used during the therapy each have their own unique healing properties, with many being used to help alleviate and relieve stress; the oils can help remove the tension you may be feeling by creating a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. When used by aromatherapists the oils can also be effective in helping to treat burns and infections, it can used either in conjunction with other medical treatments or as an alternative therapy.

The oils used during the therapy are also great in helping to treat depression, insomnia and high blood pressure. When undertaking the therapy to treat these types of conditions it is important to have them carried out in a setting that uses a trained aromatherapist.

What Happens During an Aromatic Session

Starting a session will begin with a relaxing and friendly chat, allowing the aromatherapist to gain a better understanding of the customer and their needs for an aromatherapy session. People need the sessions for several reasons from gaining more energy, the de-stressing or alleviating pain. This allows the aromatherapist to choose or blend the essential oils needed for a person’s specific problem, allowing the customer to smell the oils can also help them relax into the session making it more comfortable for them. When undertaking a session the oils can be applied in a number of ways.

How the Oils Can Be Applied

There are several ways that oils can be applied. We have outlined a few of these below.

Baths

Adding essential oils to a bath, is one of the easiest ways to get the most out of their range of unique healing benefits. By simply adding a few drops into the water, they can blend together to create a relaxing and aromatic atmosphere. The aroma released will trigger your full range of senses; helping to enhance the circulation in your body and bringing about mental and physical balance to your body.

Massage

This is the most common and popular way to enjoy a session with an aromatherapist, by blending drops of the oils together with a carrier lotions such as cocoa butter. A massage can affect your body both psychologically and physically depending on the oils chosen. With peppermint and lavender being a popular option to allow relaxation and a range of other oils being used to absorb into the body to produce healing effects.

Vapor

The simplest technique to enjoy the therapy and a popular choice for beginners is to simply breath them in. Promoting relaxation of the body and mind they can also be used to help with medical ailments such as sinus problems or respiratory problems.

Lotions and Compression

Mixing together essential oils with lotions can help with pain and relaxation, generally used during the massage practice. Compression is another way to enjoy aromatherapy, a few drops can be added to water with a cloth being soaked and then compressed onto part of the body. Doing this can help with pain relief, muscle problems, forehead relief and stomach issues.

Who Carries Out the Sessions

Aromatherapy sessions are carried out by aromatherapists, with the therapy being carried out usually at a specific treatment centre or clinic. The aromatherapist will talk you through the commentary therapy and the range of benefits it can have for the problems you may be suffering from. The therapy can be used alongside any existing medical treatment or as an alternative when other options have been exhausted, it can also be used a relaxation therapy.

The aromatherapist will gain an understanding of you by asking questions about your medical history, lifestyle, diet and health problems; during this process, it is important to remember you can also ask questions back. Once the therapist understands your condition, they will be able to choose the best essential oils used to treat it, this may be one oil or a number blended together. Depending on the reason you undertake a therapy session you may need anywhere from one to ten sessions.

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