Essential oils therapy comprises of traditional or alternative therapies that utilize essential oils and other sweet-smelling plant compounds. Aromatherapy is an age-old health practice in different groups of the population for treatment and wellness purposes. Due to the benefits of aromatherapy, essential oils are continuously popular as a natural, cost-effective and safe option on various health concerns. Aromatherapy is often used by inhaling the scents or application of the balm and poultice to localized areas of the body.
The inhalation process is done via evaporation of oil using a specific device called a diffuser container. It can also be sprayed into the air or through oil droplets. Essential oils have proven positive effects in respiratory disinfection, a source of decongestant, and mental benefits. Inhaling essential oils also arouse the olfactory system. Molecules enter the nose or mouth, passes through the lungs, and then to the different parts of the body. It can affect the limbic system which is associated with emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormonal balance. In topical application, massage oils and skincare products are absorbed through the skin. Massage of the area with the essential oil can encourage circulation and absorption. Remember, essential oils are not applied to the skin directly. It must be diluted with the carrier oil like sweet almond oil or olive oil. It is recommended as well to do an allergy test before trying any essential oil. This is done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil at twice the concentration. Next, rub the mixture into the area size of a quarter on the inside of the forearm. Check the area for the next 24 to 48 hours, and if there is no change, then it is safe to use.
The significant benefits of essential oil are:
Boost immunity and Fight Infections
Research shows that many essentials oils can fight off microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and fungus. It can also provide antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions to increase one’s immune system and aid in fighting off infection. The composition found in these oils are ethers, ketones, esters, phenolics, and terpenes. The recommended oils for strengthening one’s immunity are lemon, ginger, eucalyptus, peppermint, and cinnamon. In one study, aromatherapy successfully curbed infection caused by antibiotic resistance.
An additional benefit of essential oil that is well backed up by studies is relief from gastrointestinal symptoms such a distressed stomach, problems with indigestion, loose bowel movement, diarrhea, abdominal spasms, and even irritable bowel syndrome. These oils work by stimulation of the digestive enzymes, thus, making absorption of important nutrients, protein, and fats. Ginger essential oil is known to promote digestive health by relieving indigestion, constipation, and ulcers. Other oils that were proven to help with digestive problems are peppermint fennel, marjoram, black pepper, and lemongrass.
Improve Energy Levels
Some oils have exhilarating effects and can increase oxygen supply to the brain which will result in feeling revitalized, energized and focused. Peppermint oil is known to increase oxygen concentration in the brain thus improving exercise performance and reducing exhaustion. Other essential oils for energy include grapefruit, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, and rosemary.
Before you try aromatherapy, read more about the subject and ensure that this cannot hinder or complicate any medical conditions that you already have. It is best to seek guidance from a certified person who is knowledgeable and skillful in implementing the practice.