A Closer Look at Aroma Healing with Essential Oils
Since the ancient times, man has always turned to Mother Nature for a variety of solutions particularly related to health and wellbeing. While man today has turned to a lot of man-made, fully synthetic products supposedly to keep them healthy, nothing can beat the effectiveness and safety profile of Mother Nature’s essential oils. That is why there are now a lot of health and wellness clinics that provide a variety of aroma healing with essential oils.
Known colloquially as aromatherapy, the use of essential oils for a variety of health purposes is actually not new. As was already said, ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks, and even the Mayans used different oils extracted from trees such as cypress, cedar, and frankincense and flowering plants like lavender, rose, jasmine, and ylang ylang for the treatment of many ailments. There are also essential oils that are extracted from the bark of plants like cassia and cinnamon. Leaves of certain plants have also been extracted oils and include basil, eucalyptus, oregano, lemon grass, rosemary, wintergreen, thyme, and spearmint.
These essential oils are extracted through a variety of means. Many are distilled by steaming while others are cold pressed. Other plant materials are also added with solvents like superficial carbon dioxide and hexane to extract the oil.
Now, it should be understood that these essential oils are highly concentrated. As such, they are often diluted first in a carrier oil of which coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil are the most common. About 3 drops of essential oil is diluted with a teaspoon of the chosen carrier oil. For highly sensitive individuals, it is recommended that they dilute it further by using only a drop of the essential oil to a teaspoon of the carrier oil. In some cases, the carrier oil is doubled or even tripled while maintaining the standard 3-drop regimen for the essential oil.
Aroma healing with essential oils makes use of the volatile scents of the oils. These contain active ingredients that may have different properties and health benefits. For example, lavender is highly valued for its calming effects while frankincense is used for the treatment of moles. Many of these essential oils have calming and relaxing effects such that they are often used in many massage clinics as well as health and wellness spas. These are often applied in a dedicated aromatherapy diffuser so that the scent or the aroma of the essential oils permeate every inch of the room. It is therefore very important in the management of stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Aroma healing with essential oils is all about inhaling the active ingredients and allowing these to dissolve in the blood where they are then carried to their respective target organs. Many of these active ingredients regulate the different neurotransmitters of the body so they are able to elicit the desired therapeutic response. For example, some stimulate receptors for either or both dopamine and serotonin. This gives the individual a very pleasurable, happy feeling. Some also stimulate the receptors of the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid leading to relaxation and improved sleep. That’s why a lot of people today love going to spas and wellness clinics just for aroma healing with essential oils.
Getting sick today can be very expensive. The medications and other treatments also have plenty of side effects. These can all be solved with the use of aromatherapy essential oils.