By Ustunner —
Have you considered alternative relaxation and stress relief methods? Take some time for yourself and try aromatherapy this weekend. If you want to improve your sleep quality, manage stress, and get rid of anxiety – aromatherapy might be something that you should consider.
What Exactly Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an alternative form of holistic treatment that uses essential oils and aroma compounds to improve your physical and mental well-being. For over 5,000 years, it has been a trusted practice amongst various cultures. Essential oils used in this therapy are extracted from various medicinal herbs, plants, flowers, roots, and trees. Each of them has their own specific characteristics.
There are 2 main ways aromatherapy is used: inhalation and topical application.
There are many different methods of inhalation. A very effective method is to place a few drops of essential oil on your pillowcase before bedtime. Another method is a steam inhalation.
It is done by placing a few drops into a bowl filled with boiling water and breathing deeply through your nose above the bowl. The last but not least method is aerial diffusion. By using a diffuser, you will also fill your rooms with pleasant fragrances of aromatherapy oils.
As you breathe in the aromas of essential oils, aromatic molecules travel from the top of your nose and come in contact with your nerve cells. It activates certain parts of your brain. Breathing in essential oils may trigger an emotional response.
Ways of Using Aromatherapy
Another way of using aromatherapy is through topical application. Aromatherapy massage is a special method that combines Swedish massage techniques with essential oils. During this kind of massage, essential oils are mixed with carrier oils like sweet almond, coconut, grapeseed or others. The molecules in the essential oils are small enough to penetrate through the skin.
These molecules travel through the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) to the dermis (a deeper layer of the skin) and into the blood vessels allowing them to circulate through your body. Another way to use essential oils is to put a few drops of oil into your bath and it will do wonders to help you soothe and relax.
Don’t forget that essential oils are highly concentrated and you need a specialist to apply them to your skin properly. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage and book a professional massage specialist to help you relax!
Essential Oils Benefits
Lavender oil is best known for its calming and soothing properties. It is famous for its sleeping inducing properties. Studies found that lavender oil increased slow wave (deep) sleep, particularly in women, and relieve anxiety.
Peppermint oil helps to open respiratory channels. Energizing and refreshing, peppermint works as a circulatory and cognitive stimulant. Some of the highlights include cold and flu prevention as well as relief of joint and muscle pain, alleviating headaches and clearing up skin conditions. Use peppermint essential oil to improve digestion and relieve nausea.
Rose oil is one of the most popular oils for relieving anxiety and depression, helping with panic attacks. Moreover, this oil can destroy harmful bacteria that cause acne and leave you with clearer and smoother skin. Rose essential oil also possesses antioxidant properties, it has an anti-aging effect on the skin.
Bergamot oil is known for its mood balancing and skin healing properties. This oil is excellent for tension headaches and migraines because of its ability to reduce anxiety. For this, apply a few drops on the forehead and behind the ears.
Rosemary oil is widely used in hair care. It promotes healthy hair growth and helps to prevent hair loss. It is also often used for curing indigestion, relieving stomach cramps, and bloating. It has certain anti-inflammatory qualities as well, which makes it very good for relieving the pain from sprains and joint aches.