Everyday, I’ve been getting more and more questions about essential oils and how they can be of benefit to our daily lives.
Essential oils are usually used in the practice of Aromatherapy. As uncomplicated as it may seem, this natural practice could be more intricate than how it appears. Just think for example how essential oils, the core of aromatherapy, connect nature to humans with the clear effects of essential oils to the mind and body.
Here are five interesting things about aromatherapy you should know:
1. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice.
This first distillation machines that extract oils from cedar plants was used by the Egyptians. They used essential oils to embalm the dead. However, the practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer is credited to China.
The actual term “aromatherapy” was coined in 1937 by a French chemist who sparked interest in the healing powers of essential oils after realizing how lavender oil helped cure an accidental burn. After this incident, France started using essential oils to help heal soldier wounds during the World War II, advancing the popularity of the medical benefits of aromatherapy.
2. Aromatherapy affects the mind and body in incredible ways.
Fundamentally, aromatherapy works through the olfactory sense. Odor molecules affects the body and brain by acting through the nerves, influencing the mood and state of mind.
Aside from the sense of smell, essential oils may also be absorbed through the skin.
Some oils have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties than work better when used topically.
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3. Essential oils work differently on everyone.
While most articles will say that certain essential oils work great for certain purposes, it still does not guarantee that specific oils will give the same experience for everyone. Essential oils trigger neurochemicals and endorphins that can stimulate, sedate, relax, and generally, affect one’s mood and state of mind. However, the effects of essential oils in humans vary through different factors such as memory, emotions, hormones, sexuality, and health.
It may not be the same for everyone, but some essential oils have been popularized for a specific purpose for its consistent influence. A great example is lavender for relaxation. Plenty of cosmetic products in the market that promises calming and soothing sensation uses lavender oil as its key ingredient.
4. Essential oils must be used with precaution.
Essential oils have extremely good benefits for the health. However, when used inappropriately, these oils can also bring trouble.
Essential oils are incredibly potent and concentrated. This is why essential oils alone should never be applied directly into skin. There are many ways to safely maximize the benefits of essential oils, so it is a must to read and learn how to use essential oils to guarantee a safe and pleasant experience.
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5. Your body will tell you if an essential oil is not for you.
Our body communicates with us in such incredible ways. In general, most people are repulsed by the scent of a specific essential oil because their body does not need it or will not benefit from it. When practicing aromatherapy, it is important to pay close attention to your body and observe the initial reaction you have to an aroma. If it doesn’t seem pleasant to you, it is best not to use it.
Thinking of starting your aromatherapy journey?