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Tapping Your Smelling Sense To Provide Healing With Aromatherapy

Updated on December 27, 2015

Healing With Aromatherapy

The aromatic essences released by the natural essential oils is the heart of providing relief for various treatment using various aromatherapy application. If you're wondering how a seemingly trivial matter as vapor or scent would be enough to alter or reverse symptoms of a particular condition, then read further below to learn more about how this is made possible.

Essential Oils and the Senses

One of the reasons why essential oils are quite effective in providing relief from various ailments is that it acts on the body's sensory system. There are several sensory systems in the body, which are all responsible for various perceptions that the body has to undergo depending on the trigger.

Absorbing Essential Oils Into the Body

In order to acquire the benefits of using essential oil, you need to find the most appropriate method that will allow the absorption of its essential qualities into the body and the organs affected by various ailments.

The most common application is through the skin, either as a rub or massage. Oral ingestion of the oil is a bit rare and must require recommendation only by an expert aromatherapist. Lastly, inhalation is one of the most common and effective method of application used in aromatherapy since it caters to the faster absorption of the oil into the body for faster healing.


Entering the Limbic System of the Brain

The aromatic essences and scent released by the essential oil is just one half of its healing component. As soon as you inhale that natural scent, it readily creates an impact on your overall system, such as soothing your nerves and making you feel relaxed. But you are able to gain a deeper sense of relaxation and calmness as the essential properties of the oil has reached your brain's limbic system. This is the central control system for your moods, emotion, and mental capacity.

And by introducing the oil properties into your nervous system, it readily alters your perception and gives your mental health a boost.

Chemical Action Inside the Body

The immediate relief and relaxation that one experiences when using essential oils is just the external action of this natural healing wonder. Once it enters your body and reaches the limbic center of the brain, that is when the natural chemical compounds present in the oil perform the healing action. Reducing the oil into vapor or steam is known to be the most effective method of treatment with essential oil because they turn into molecular sizes that are easily transported into your bloodstream. As blood is pumped all throughout your body, it targets various organs and provides overall relief and regaining normal function in the body.

The effect it has on your body largely depends on the type of essential oil you use, since they contain different chemical and therapeutic properties. So, make sure to consult an expert aromatherapist for the best oils to use for a given condition to ensure that you produce the desired results.

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How To Inhale Essential Oils

The inhalation method is considered by expert aromatherapists to be one of the most effective methods for using essential oils. In its vapor form, the properties of the essential oil turn into tiny molecules that easily penetrate through your respiratory tract and enter your bloodstream much sooner as compared to applying it on your skin or massaging it. The faster it is able to enter your internal system, the quicker one is able to experience relief from whatever condition is plaguing them.

Currently, you have two general options for the inhalation method. There is the steam inhalation and dry inhalation. Decide on what is most convenient for you and the dry inhalation process is recommended for children to reduce the danger of handling hot water.

Steam Inhalation Method

The steam inhalation method is very ideal in treating respiratory problems. With the introduction of hot water, it enables the essential oils to quickly release all of its therapeutic components in the form of steam or vapor, which can be easily absorbed by your body as you inhale.

To get started, boil water and place it on a basin or bowl with a wide mouth. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil into the steaming water. You will instantly smell the aroma of the oil being released into the air. To ensure that you capture all of those aromatic essences, drape your head with a towel mimicking a tent. Your objective is to contain all of the aromatic essences and ensuring that you inhale them instead of being released into the air and vanishing like vapor.

Perform deep breathing to allow all of the beneficial properties of the oil to be absorbed completely in your system. Wait for a few minutes before completing this process. Stop when you are starting to feel uncomfortable.

Dry Inhalation Method

This method still involves inhaling the aromatic essences emitted by the natural oils but without the use of hot water to release that steam. Instead, it will utilize the natural aromatics of the oil and make it convenient for you to inhale even when on the go. It is just as effective as using the steam inhalation method and is considered by many due to the ease of this method.

The only materials you will be needing for the dry inhalation method is the essential oil and a piece of cloth, or your handkerchief. Simply add a few drops of the oil into the cloth but make sure not to add too much as it can be dangerous to sniff into. Once you have enough, gently sniff through your nose onto the cloth for immediate relief. For those with insomnia, they use an alternative to this method wherein they add a few drops into the pillow so they could smell the aroma of the essential oil while sleeping.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Diffusers are a common type of aromatherapy accessory. This is a convenient way to inhale the aromas of the essential oil and there are lots of diffuser types to choose from, such as electric diffuser, fan diffuser, clay pot diffuser, lamp rings, and many others. Whichever type you choose, each one are intended to use heat to release the aroma of the oil and fan it to fill up your entire room. Hence, it should be easy for you to feel relaxed and de-stress once you inhale the healing properties of the oil.

Aromatherapy Diffuser


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