Why use aromatherapy?
Posted on 28 March 2017
Benefits of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plant sources, for example flowers, leaves, trees and fruits. We use aromatherapy in our every day lives, mostly in synthetic form in perfumes, soaps, deodorants, cleaning products, room fragrances etc.
You can enhance your standard massage treatment by choosing beautiful essential oils to create a scent which can help you to relax and switch off or energise. A smell is an important sense for most of us and it can transport us in space and time. Aromatherapy can be very powerful, especially from psychological point of view, triggering memories, feeling and emotions.
Aromatherapy can support your massage treatment as the oils also have many physiological benefits. You can choose essential oils which are good for different problems, like aches, anxiety or lack of sleep. There are some scents that are stimulating (for example spicy oils) and some more relaxing (lavender, flower oils). There are oils that are energising (citrus oils) and some that are more meditative and calming for the mind (resin and wooden oils), some are even natural painkillers (for example birch which is natural aspirin). Your aromatherapist is be able to blend oils to suit your needs for your massage treatment.
Aromatherapy can be used in many other ways in addition to massage. The oils are fantastic in skincare and body products. You can easily make your personalised scent for soaps, bath products or use the essential oils on their own in a diffusers or burners. You may find them helpful when studying or working to enhance your focus and memory (rosemary is best known for this). Or you can use them on pillow to aid your sleep and relaxation (lavender). You can even use aromatherapy in your cleaning products. They are great insect repellents as well (citronella most commonly known) and peppermint works wonders when tackling ants in your house.
Make sure you read the labels for safe use if you are making your blends yourself or seek professional advice if unsure. Remember essential oils are pure plant essences, so should be used in small quantities. A few drops goes a long way.
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