What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a therapy which involves the use of aromatic plant oils and other essential oils to soothe the senses. It involves the infusion of the aroma into the senses to calm them down and give them a holistic sense of relief. These days, people suffer from a lot of stress; hence, they should unwind sometimes to maintain good health. Aroma therapy provides that sense of relaxation, not only to the body but to the mind as well.
How does Aromatherapy Work?
Aromatherapy works by stimulating the senses. The essential oils which are an integral part of aromatherapy are used topically. After topical application, the oil diffuses into the skin, and into the body fluids of the person. The essential oils also enhance the immune system of the body by successfully eliminating virus and decreasing chances of further attack. The application of essential oils also helps remove body toxins. Each essential oil has a distinct character and effect on the body. All essential oils aid new cell growth and enable the body to heal on its own. Inhaling the aroma of essential oils is one of the best ways to enjoy its effects. Aromatherapy has a considerable effect on the limbic system which is the seat of emotion and hence acts as a mood lifter. It also leads to sexual arousal and boosts memory.
Does Aromatherapy Work for Anxiety?
Anxiety can result from both physical and mental illness. A prolonged state of physical illness can make a person anxious and depressed. The immune system, already weakened by physical illness, gets further affected by the emotional downfall. Stress causes immense anxiety in the person. A continuous exposure to stress will result in excessive production of the hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are produced as a part of ‘fight or flight’ response of the body, which happens in extreme anxious states. If this state continues for a long time, it breaks down the immune system considerably. It inhibits the production of natural killer cells and an extreme imbalance in emotional well being is produced.
Aromatherapy works on the immune system to successfully eliminate anxiety. Since it affects the limbic system, the seat of emotion, it can do wonders in restoring emotional balance. The essential oils like YlangYlang, Sweet Marjoram, Frankincense, Lavender and sandalwood have a positive effect on the neuro-chemical called serotonin. Serotonin mainly helps a person to sleep and therefore relax. Therefore, the essential oils help a person to relax, thus removing anxiety. A massage with essential oils will soothe the senses of the person and remove anxiety.
Does Aromatherapy Really Work?
The roots of aromatherapy can be traced back to around 3500 years before Christ. The fact that it is used till date extensively is enough proof of its benefits. It works effectively to heal a person’s mind and soul. It is established as a form of alternative or complementary medicine catering to the needs of people since ages. It has often worked wonders where conventional medicine has failed. As we say, prevention is better than cure, aromatherapy excels as a preventive medicine. Regular massage with essential oils helps strengthen the immune system thus rendering the human body fit to fight diseases.
How Does Aromatherapy Work Scientifically?
Though, scientific explanations regarding aroma therapy reducing pains and quickening healing, are scarce, the effect of aroma in uplifting mood has enough scientific basis. Scents like orange oil and lemon oil have been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety in people. When a scent is inhaled it goes directly to the amygdala, which is involved with memory and emotion, it has a positive effect on emotions. This however has no power to decrease heart rate, blood pressure or other such parameters. Hence, it can be said that emotional healing with aromatherapy is more scientifically grounded than physical healing.
So, if you have not yet tried your hand at aromatherapy, you can definitely give it a try. It will help relieve your anxiety and stress and make your immune system stronger. So, get ready to inhale all good aromas and rejuvenate your senses!