Aromatherapy involves using natural aromatic oils obtained from plants, flowers, seeds, leaves or roots to stimulate our well-being. Many people misunderstand the term ‘’ aromatherapy” with the use of scented candles only. For a better understanding you should know that this involves using natural aromatic oils for both internal and external use as well as psycho-aromatherapy that uses inducing good smells.
The scientific reasons why and how aromatherapy works can be found in the human body and its opening to the aromatic essences. The smell is one of the most powerful human senses, it has the power to transform emotions, to heal the body and it helps us to detach and “carry” us in other places.
Research has shown that the olfactory nerve takes information on smell and we transfer the aromatic essences on the parts of the brain that control emotions and hormones. Meanwhile, the human body’s largest organ, the skin absorbs the oils used in massage, cosmetic products or aromatic bath and transfers to the nervous system and muscular effects of having either toning or relaxing effect.
Essential oils contain chemicals that have antibacterial qualities, antiinflamatory, analgesics and antiviral. Aromatic oils are derived from plants, but not every plant can be the basis for obtaining essential oils. They are very concentrated and their application to the skin can cause irritation. Therefore it is recommended to use a neutral oil for dilution ( for example the almond oil, soy). When looking for pure relaxation use these fragrances: chamomile, rose, sandalwood, jasmine and ylang-ylang essence for a relaxing stimulant. Use eucalyptus oil to balance incentives and lavender oil to calm. When you want to gather strength you may confidently use fresh lemon oil, rosemary, grapefruit, orange and mint.