Aromatherapy goes back a long way. Ancient civilisations, for instance, believed that the oils of certain herbs and plants had powerful health benefits. Even Hippocrates, often known as the Father of Medicine, studied herbs, and he documented how to use them as medical treatments.
Today, we use aromatherapy oils to treat the mind and the body, incorporating aromatherapy into healthy skincare.
How does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy is the method of introducing concentrated essential oils to the body by inhalation or by topical application to the skin (but not direct application). When you apply aromatherapy oils directly to your skin, the molecules are absorbed quickly, bringing positive effects to our immune system, mood, and brain chemicals.
Inhalation of aromatherapy oils stimulates the olfactory system, and transfers the minute molecules around the body via the lungs. This form of absorption can be heightened when you use a diffuser, or add the oils to your bathwater.
Why does smelling aromas make us feel good?
Our sense of smell is closely linked to our emotional responses, memories and mood. When we breathe in those aromatherapy molecules, they stimulate the olfactory nerve cells at the top of the nose. Olfactory cells recognise specific aromas, and communicate with the limbic system in your brain to decipher what that smell means to you.
Inhaling aromatherapy for health
Adding essential oils to a diffuser, steamer, or to your bathwater is another soothing and comforting way to achieve the benefits of aromatherapy. This method is a great way to keep your respiratory system healthy using antibacterial and antiviral essential oils.
It’s an all-natural way to tackle sinus problems, infections, or allergies.
How does absorbing aromatherapy work?
The molecules in essential oils are so small that they can penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the bloodstream. Never apply directly to the skin. Instead, add drops to a warm bath or diffuser to feel the benefits in a relaxed setting. From here, they reach your organs, muscles, and internal tissue. Aromatherapy oils can help prevent cell damage, reducing the signs of ageing, and helping prevent a build-up of waste in skin cells.
Once they are in the bloodstream, some oils have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-inflammatory properties too.
Helping your body and mind work together
Aromatherapy has always been used to keep the body healthier, less stressed, and more relaxed.
No two oils are the same. Each different aromatherapy oil has its own use, helping the body heal or get stronger. Many essential oils stimulate the body’s immune system, supporting your natural ability to stay healthy.
Emotion and mindset can have a strong effect on how your body copes with illness, meaning that aromatherapy can have a dual-effect, both strengthening your immune system and helping you to cope with stress.
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