How Do Aromatherapy Work

aromatherapyWhat is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a term coined to describe a type of alternative medicine that uses pleasant smelling botanical oils for healing. The term could be a bit misleading. It isn’t the aroma itself that is therapeutic but the chemical composition of the oils that are said to be used for therapy. Most of the oils aren’t inhaled but ingested or rubbed into the skin.

The healing power of the oils is said to relax the body, relieve tension, care for the skin and invigorate the senses. The essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers, trees and seeds that have physical and psychological therapeutic properties. There are around 150 essential oils for every type of illness that can affect the human body.

How aromathery work?

Aromatherapy works by targeting the patient’s sense of smell. Certain smells trigger parts of the brain that control our moods, emotions, memory and learning. Jasmine increases beta waves in the front of our brain for a more alert state.

Essential oils contain chemical components that affect the body. Alcohols are bactericidal, energizing, and stimulates the immune system. It is a component of rose, peppermint, myrtle and ginger. Some 100 chemicals are contained in one essential oils. The oils act in different ways depending on the dosage and what chemical is dominating the composition. Some oils are relaxing, some are invigorating and some relieve pain.

Making your own aromatherapy oils doesn’t have to be a very complicated affair. Use the essential oils as recommended and remember that they are very concentrated. Do not use too much oils in your session. Also keep in mind that some people are allergic to some oils. If you accidentally spill some oil in your eyes pour milk. Milk actually reduces the irritation and removes the oil.

Do not attempt to consume the oils unless you are under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner. Quite a lot of these essential oils are toxic. Some oils that should not be used for aromatherapy include almonds, cinnamon bark, mustard and aniseed. For a complete list of oils that are beneficial to the human body and those that are lethal consult a book on aromatherapy or a practitioner.

For those who are saving on money here are a few recipes for aromatherapy oils. These are actually very cheap to make and most of the ingredients are common household items.

PMS Oil Blend Recipe

  • You will need a pint jar, peppermint, salad oil, sterilized knife blade
  • Pick the peppermint but remember not to wipe out the entire patch
  • chop the peppermint to fill the jar
  • heat oil to 160 degrees Fahrenheit
  • carefully pour into jar
  • use the knife to clear any air bubbles
  • cap the jar and store in a cool place away from light for a month or so
  • Peppermint oil is good for sore muscles and for congestion. If rubbed over the abdomen it can cure stomach ache or cramps

Acne Toner Recipe

  • mix 4 oz of witch hazel, 20 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • shake well before use
  • apply with a cotton ball after cleansing
  • works great for acne prone skin

Sage Infused Oil

  • pick fresh sage and infuse using the same process in infusing peppermint oil
  • sage is an antiseptic and useful for menopausal symptoms