Aromatherapy and The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
What is Aromatherapy? Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
The most useful procedure in aromatherapy is massage with the application of essential oils; it combines therapeutic effects of a medical touch and beneficial characteristics of oils.
Massage has always been considered to be the most simple and effective method to achieve physical and mental relaxation. It is not a secret that many diseases, body and mental illnesses, start with the clamps in the body. And by relaxing specific areas of body masseur relieves tension, helps tired body to regain health and spiritual comfort.
Aroma therapists are using different massage methods. The important thing is not what type of method is used, but the fact that masseur senses his client as an integrated personality and cares about his benefits for body, mind and soul. The main thing is participation and a sincere desire to help the patient.
During the massage variety of touches are used (stroking, patting, pushing and etc.) to reduce pain, relax tense and frigid muscles, improve circulation and bring benefit for the physical body. Masseur touches the outer muscles under the skin, but the effect also spreads on more deeply located muscles and organs.
Some forms of massage are aimed at improving the physical condition of the body, but during the procedure people will feel relaxation and comfort. The purpose of massage is to achieve full relaxation. As a result, after the massage the person feels a burst of energy.
Usually, within a few hours after the massage people will feel themselves relaxed and happy, periodical massage helps to increase the length of the pleasant feeling. Massage does not only relax the muscles, but also helps your body to feel better. People tend to stretch their muscles at the moments of mental concentration and physical stress over time starts to cause mental stress. This habit unconsciously creates a vicious circle. Massage – is one of the solutions on breaking this vicious circle. Particularly is useful massage with essential oils, which has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and soul.
Some modern systems of massage based on the close relationship between body and soul. Exemption from the physical stress often leads to burst of emotions, even those which were hidden in a person for a very long time. Such a catharsis may occur if the client and the masseur established a trustful relationship. In the application of modern technology, intuitive massage gently removes superficial physical stress and gradually it helps to remove internal conflicts.
Massage has a great role in aromatherapy, mainly because of its ability to introduce and apply essential oils to the body. During the massage of the body essential oils can get into the bloodstream very quickly. For massage essential oil is always dissolved in the basis-oil, usually in concentrations of 3-5%. If for some reason it is impossible to make a whole body massage, you can make a back massage. This is enough to ensure that the body gets as much oil as necessary to ensure the therapeutic effect.
In some cases, massage is not recommended – if a person has infectious diseases of skin, dermatitis and dermatosis (embrocating may provoke itching), rashes, inflamed acne and varicose veins.
Rose Essential Oil for Aromatherapy
The Greeks and Romans highly valued rose, making an “artificial rain” from its petals. They were adding fragrant, refreshing rose water into the fountains, decorated statues with roses, praised her in legends and myths. Ancient Greeks used rose in religious ceremonies.
According to a Greek legend, the Earth, seeing the beauty of the Aphrodite, who was emerged from the sea foam, decided to create something as beautiful and created a rose, the same snow-white foam that enveloped the body of the goddess also turned into the rose.
Avicenna wrote: “rose oil increases mind possibilities and increases the speed of thought.” Rose became known in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was cultivated for medicinal purposes in the monastery gardens. In The Salernitan Rule of Health (Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum) that was written in XIV century by a philosopher and physician Arnold, healing properties of rose are listed: “It has plenty of useful healing qualities. If it is applied the “sacred fire” (erysipelas) will die away “.”Rule of Health” recommends using rose to treat stomach ailments, mouth, teeth, head and cold.
Rose essential oil since ancient times was considered to be noble and royal. It is produced from “Damask” and “May” rose petals. Major centers for the cultivation of roses in the industry – are Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey and Crimea. Rose oil is one of the most expensive, so it is used for the production of the elite perfumes and cosmetics only.
Today, to obtain 1kg of rose essential oil 5000 kilograms of petals should be collected during the night time.
It has antiseptic, antirheumatic, bactericidal and wound healing properties and at the same time has low toxicity. Therefore, it can be used even for infant skin care. This oil is ideal for pregnant women, because it can be used during childbirth. Rose essential oil – a powerful regenerative tool, increases skin elasticity and firmness. Normalizes the secretory functions of the skin and eliminates hypersensitivity. Eliminates inflammatory rash of bacterial and viral origin, is also effective during eczematous, allergic dermatitis and neurodermatitis. Eliminates visible vascular pattern, puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Rose oil has a general rejuvenating effect. Prevents nausea, weakness, migraine, headaches and dizziness. Normalizes the work of the endocrine glands. Normalizes the digestive process and has moderate cholagogue properties. Normalizes the work of the endocrine glands.
Rose essential oil has a harmonizing and antidepressant effect (calms during overexcitation and gives energy). Helps to focus. Is an aphrodisiac.
It is astringent, blood purifying oil. Normalizes the heart rate. Stimulates menstruation, relieves from spasm of blood vessels. Helps to stop coughing. Heals wounds and stops the bleeding. Rose essential oil of rose is used for depression, asthenia, neurosis, insomnia, absentmindedness, memory reduction, apathy, heightened anxiety, headache (helps with brain vessels spasms) and conjunctivitis.
It is believed to be women’s oil, because it helps to cope with Premenstrual syndrome, lower abdominal pain, normalize the allocation during menses, gently avoids vaginitis and thrush. Normalizes mood during PMS.
In cosmetology helps with dry skin, eczema and burns. Rejuvenates, regenerates, smoothness, improves elasticity and firmness of the skin, normalizes the work of the sebaceous glands and helps to remove scars, makes skin smoother and gives a beautiful color. Removes irritation, inflammation and peeling.
Essential rose oil is good for mixing with oils of jasmine, cassia, mimosa, neroli, geranium, bergamot, lavender, Muscat sage, sandalwood, lignum vitae, patchouli, benzoin, chamomile, Myroxylon, carnations and palm rose.
Fir Essential Oil
Fir in Russia – is one of the most common conifers from the pine family. It also grows in many areas of the world with a temperate climate, often in mountainous areas of Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France. Medical qualities of fir are known since XVII century and linked to the name of the Siberian Cossack Malfina, who obtained oil from fir using decoction and used it as a means to treat radiculitis, frostbite and for healing of wounds.
The plant belongs to the category of herbs; it lives up to 300 years. Many people thought that fir is a sacred tree. Its aroma encourages and increases patience.
The most popular product produced from fir – camphor, camphor oil. Many experienced a sense of lightness and cheerfulness during their stay in a fir forest. These feelings are related to a particular air in pine forests, which is rich with aromatic oils and purified from the microbes. The special properties of the essential oil of fir are connected to the high bactericidal, antiviral and fungicidal activity. Fir actively suppresses staphylococcus, bacilliform microorganisms, including tubercle (Koch’s bacillus) and various drip infections. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. During bronchopulmonary pathology assists purification of trachea and bronchi, the opposite effect of the inflammatory process and reduces toxic organisms. Prophylactic inhalation reduces the incidence of acute respiratory infections and flu in an average of 30%.
In addition to anti-inflammatory effect fir essential oil has a general effect on the body. Has an anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, radioprotective and adaptogenic effect. This allows you to successfully add aromatherapy and inhalation of fir oil in the general treatment and rehabilitation of patients that experienced prolonged disease and irradiation. Oil is used, if necessary, for fast adaptation and acclimatization to the new conditions. Optimizes the functions of the cardiovascular system, especially for physical activities, improves the conductivity processes in the myocardium. Normalize the glucose quantity in the blood serum.
If you have rheumatism, gout, blood circulation disorders it is recommended to take baths with fir oil. During stress, anxiety, nervousness and nervous exhaustion fir oil is a classical and natural relaxant. It helps to remove internal nerve and muscle tension, calm down and relax. At the same time, oil has a tonic effect. Increases blood pressure during hypotension. Prevents swelling, inflammation and pain during osteochondrosis, neuritis and neuralgia. Normalizes vision when eyes are exhausted. Essential oil of fir is the strongest cleaner; it has a similar affect of frankincense, lavender and eucalyptus.
The use for inhalation and aromatherapy: in the treatment of cold diseases, sore throat, tracheitis, bronchitis and to restore the body after stress.
Fir Essential Oil in Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy refers to the category of energy therapies. Aromas affect on the body has three levels: emotional, mental and physical. Smell consists of volatile molecules that exist in the ambient air. The molecules of essential oil through the olfactory receptors affect the limbic system, which is responsible for emotions, memory and perception of information. Using scents can positively influence the mental state, improve mood, relax and if necessary to increase attention.
Limbic system regulates the activities of the hypothalamus, producing serotonin and endorphin (hormones of happiness).
When applied to the skin, tiny molecules of essential oils easily penetrate into the bloodstream and lymphatic system where they destroy toxins. All, without exception, essential oils have bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. With blood stream and lymph, they enter all organs and make a positive impact on their condition.
Effects of fir essential oil:
- Fir volatile oil is a natural supplier of vitamins and phytoncides that are needed for the body. Rejuvenates, smoothens the skin. Restores the immune system. Fir eliminates swelling, pain during osteochondrosis, arthritis, neuritis and neuralgia
- Fir oil has a positive effect on the lung tissues and bronchial tubes
- Fir oil enhances visual acuity when the eyes are exhausted
- Fir volatile oil is a good deodorant: a few drops will give a fresh aroma to your footwear
- Raises spirit in saunas or hot tub
Indications for use:
Fir volatile oil encourages, increases patience; raises spirit in saunas and hot tubs, helps to get rid of depression and anxiety.
Has an anti-inflammatory effect on the lung tissues and bronchial tubes; restores immunity (influenza, acute respiratory infections, tonsillitis, bronchitis, rhinitis and whooping-cough).
Eliminates pain and swellings during osteochondrosis, neuritis, neuralgia, arthrosis, arthritis, myositis and sciatica.
Colitis, enterocolitis, toothache and liver disease.
Smoothens and rejuvenates the skin, herpes, dermatitis, eczema, furuncle, felon, psoriasis.
Enhances visual acuity and heals pinkeye.
Lavender Pure Essential Oil
Lavender pure essential oil has pure and fresh fine scent that impregnates air with a pleasant, stimulating and at the same time relaxing aroma.
The ancient Greeks and Romans appreciated lavender oil for its aromatic and cleansing properties. They added to baths to remove tiredness, hence its name (lavare from Lat. “wash”). Lavender and products made out of it were used in the fight against contagious diseases. The patricians rubbed with lavender oil, protecting themselves from epidemics, they fumigated air with lavender.
For many ages lavender essential oil was used as a medicinal preparation in muscle pains and toothache treatment. The tradition to aromatize bed-linen with lavender derives from the remote past. Pure lavender essential oil is the recognized as a queen of aromatherapy. It is a universal remedy, ideal for a medicine chest. It is cultivated in France, Italy, Spain, Algeria, Yugoslavia, Caucasus and Crimea. The oil is produced from the above part of the plant in the flowering period. Due to its fine scent is widely used in perfumery.
Lavender pure essential oil influence on human bioenergetics
Promotes self-cognition, meditation, quick revival.
Counter indications for lavender pure essential oil
Do not use in the background of preparations containing iodine and iron, in the case of individual intolerance.
Lavender pure essential oil is light tingling when applied to skin. The reaction is natural. Lavender oil refers to the oils of general therapeutic action. It is ideal for combination with many other essential oils, as for instance, rosemary oil, mint oil, lemon oil, etc.
Aromatic baths with these oils promote the purification of the organism from slags, alleviate painful conditions, connected with the menstrual period.
Baths for feet with lavender oil remove tiredness, preventing the appearance of unpleasant odour and perspiration.
Applications of Lavender pure essential oil
Removes overexcitement, insomnia, tearfulness, hysteric reactions. Helps with stress, depression. Improves the concentration of attention.
Lavender pure essential oil and cosmetics
Used to treat inflammation, redness and peeling; fits any skin type.
Lavender pure essential oil and dermatology
As a universal antiseptic, it is used for the treatment of skin diseases – psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, seborrhoea, blackheads, fungus diseases, removes fragility of hair, regenerates skin after burns.
Lavender pure essential oil has analgesic action against migraines, brain vessel constrictions, headaches, lessens manifestations of atherosclerosis and apoplectic stroke.
Health benefits of pure lavender oil
It normalizes the work of the liver and the gall bladder, has bile-expelling action. Raises the productivity of blood supply of the cardiac muscle. Normalizes the cardiac rhythm in arrhythmias, tachycardia, normalizes arterial tension of the hypertensives. Stimulates blood and lymph circulation, regenerative processes. Has diuretic and anti-inflammatory action. Effective against respiratory and urogenital infections, kills the pain of myositis, radiculitis, rheumatism, neuralgia. Has antihelminthic effect.
Lavender is a precious component in inhalant mixtures against cold, soar throat, nasal catarrh, cough, influenza, bronchitis. Beneficially influences the digestive tract.
Stimulates immunity. Strengthens the resistance of the organism to over-strain and infectious diseases. Lavender oil is also used as a repellent.
Baths with lavender oil are recommended for women in the period of pregnancy and menopause to remove hormonal disorders.