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How Can Aromatherapy Improve your Health

Updated on August 24, 2015
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Aromatherapy: Medicine of the Scent

Throughout the years, human beings have been long at work with separate branches of sciences and medicine to better improve our overall progress and well being. Naturally, the improvements and modifications to each of these areas have been vast, expanding greatly time and time again, exceeding any and all expectations. If we were to pick out the area which has the most expansion and research put into it, it would have to be medicine.

Countless hours of a superfluous amount of doctors investigating and working on all the diseases known to mankind and trying to figure out how to fight them are what have made medicine and the career to study and enforce it what they are today. If it were not for the constant diligence and increased output of the doctors we have saving lives all over earth, we would not be where we are today. Many advancements and procedures done by these doctors can even be applied in other areas, therefore excelling the human race forwards furthermore.

However, there is one alternate branch of medicine we really do not see much about. Aromatherapy is almost invisible to the populace despite it having many significant attributes and appliances that we could all benefit from greatly. See, aromatherapy, a term and study created by Rene-Maurice Gattefose in 1937, is the study and practice of utilizing essential oils to aid in the homeostasis of all areas of this body. This means that the aroma or scents of specific things are used to assist in our health and general improvement in our fight against any disease. It is also widely known to having a great impact in the spiritual world since many who have taken part in this study have found themselves to be more at peace with the world and themselves.

This is mostly recognized as a therapy because its motive is to fully relax the patient so the body may welcome progress and better health easier, working perfectly and in union with everything that forms it. Nevertheless, the qualities that it brings to the table when comparing patients who only had drugs and normal treatment after surgery or severe disease with those who also experienced with aromatherapy, the results and differences are very notable.

The biggest issue when it comes to this area is that it works differently for every person. Many are still not open to the idea that smelling different things could help them heal. Yet the science and explanation is there, making this practice a real valuable one.

As a natural practice, the inhaling really has no negative impacts on whoever is utilizing it. The only smells that could bother you are of drugs and cigarettes because the body realizes they could be harmful and say no to it subconsciously by letting you know it has a terrible scent and could therefore produce terrible side effects. There are certain cases where the body does not react negatively to any smells or to the essential oils utilized in aromatherapy. It really is all different for every person.

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Essential Oils: What They Do for Your Body

The primary materials used in this therapy are oils which are extracted from diverse, natural sources that have specific characteristics, all which aid different things. The sources are usually leaves, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds.

These are prepared by specialists so that the person performing the therapy with you may let their smell propagate in the room. Some therapists just do it themselves as well. The extracts are known for their usage in treatment for physical and emotional ailments. It is no lie that a nice smell always makes people feel nice and makes them immediately search for more. Although the applications on how it helps people heal is not quite explained, the results are visible and amazing.

Sessions with an aroma therapist will include questions on your medical background and what kind of scents you want to try or like, massages if selected or requested, and many inhalations from different kind of ventilators or cloths filled with the scent.

Aromatherapy is a fantastic way of achieving physical, emotional and spiritual balance that you should try.

The general idea is to fully relax you and make you feel a totally different increment and boost in your body like you have never felt before. The whole body breathes in the aromas and starts propagating feel-good hormones and continually asking for more, or at least that is what is thought to be occurring when in a session. There are many known afflictions that have been cured or solved by aromatherapy, some of these being:

  • Psoriasis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Body Pain
  • Restlessness

These are the most common things people wish to solve by aromatherapy since any problem that decreases their health and well being drastically should be treated by a doctor with medicine and treatment that has been prepared for those sorts of things.

People should never avoid this treatment despite their other treatments or conditions. The only scenarios where you should be careful or probably leave it aside for a while is if you are known to have an allergic reaction to certain smells, if you are pregnant, have cancer and are receiving chemotherapy or have any issues with high blood pressure. There are many ways to make sure that any involvement with aromatherapy is safe by asking your doctor and answering the questions to their fullest extent after visiting an aroma therapist.

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Aromatherapy can greatly improve your mood and general brain activity and health if it is practiced correctly and with caution. There is no need to feel concerned since many aromas are not harmful to the body anyways but it is always good to check the background of any practitioner before visiting them and asking your doctor if they think it would be a good idea to go for a session.

An important detail to remember is that some of the therapists will offer to administrate oil so that you may drink them. This could have a positive effect in your body but it is recommended you do not try this since some oils could be toxic when consumed and that area of the practice is still not fully understood or verified as safe. Other than that, try things out and see if you can find anyone who your friends recommend or what not.

If you do not want to visit a specialist, you could always just go outside and smell some beautiful flowers and get some fresh air. Yeah it might not have the same results or relax you as much but it still helps and it never hurts to do so. Remember that flowers and roots with amazing scents can go a long way.

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    • Gibape profile imageAUTHOR

      Milady Gonz├ílez 

      3 years ago

      Hi Thelma, thank you so much for your comment.

      Those sound like really nice practices, I love the Cinnamon, lemon and coconut scent. We also have a tree of Night jessamine that its flowers smell so delicious that we wait for it to bloom to sit out in the porch and enjoy it. It is really relaxing.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      I use 100% lavender essential oil for my massage especially in going to sleep while I put a few drops of peppermint essential oil with water on a lighted diffuser in the living room when I have colds. It helps very well to clear my nose.

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