Aromatherapy uses the use of essential oils with claims of improving physical or mental well-being, through the stimulation of certain senses. As a result of these various sensory impressions, the body produces chemicals that are similar to those that are released during an actual massage, but aromatherapy offers a therapeutic touch.
There are a number of ways that aromatherapy can be used to provide relief from a variety of ailments, depending on how it is done and the level of experience required in order to achieve certain things. It is generally recommended that aromatherapy be used at least once every other day to treat a wide variety of health problems, from the most common colds to chronic respiratory conditions, headaches, arthritis, asthma and many other ailments. This will ensure that a person is receiving the maximum benefit out of the practice.
During an aromatherapy session, certain essential oils are introduced into the air, to increase their pleasantness, and the person being treated can then be relaxed in a comfortable place, such as the bedroom or a bathroom. If the oils are not sufficiently strong, they may be too pungent for the patient’s sense of smell. However, with time, a person’s sense of smell can adjust to the aroma of the oil, so that they can accept it without any unpleasant odors being produced.
Many of the benefits of aromatherapy are experienced by the brain and the physical condition of the person being treated. Aromatherapy provides a relaxing effect, helping to relieve tension and stress, as well as to make the muscles relaxed. As a result, the patient will feel calmer and more relaxed, and may also find that they have a greater concentration.
The brain is also stimulated during an aromatherapy session, because the essential oils are often added to the air for the purpose of attracting certain things to the air and bringing them closer to the senses. This could be anything from the scent of flowers to the sound of waterfalls and birdsong, but whatever it is, it tends to get into the brain and be processed, providing a pleasant experience.
The great thing about aromatherapy is that there is no side-effect to be expected when using this type of treatment. Unlike many of the alternative methods, which can have side effects if not done properly, aromatherapy does not produce any harmful side-effects either. However, a little knowledge is always recommended before embarking on any therapy, in order to ensure that the correct protocol is followed.
Before starting an aromatherapy session, it is always advisable to consult with a medical professional. This person will help to determine whether or not a particular aroma is suitable for the patient. If it is not suited for a particular person, the correct aroma should be avoided in order to ensure the most effective results.
It is also important to make sure that the specific aromatherapy oil used is the right one, because the exact smell that should be given to the patient will depend on what is causing the ailment. Sometimes a particular scent might work for a particular condition, but will not be right for another, which could lead to a waste of time and money. It is always advisable to read the label of any aromatherapy product to ensure that the recommended aromatherapy oil is the same scent that is used in the treatment.
Certain conditions, such as chronic headaches and asthma, may benefit from aromatherapy treatments. When these conditions are the result of a specific trigger, the aromatherapy oil that is used is known to provide relief from that trigger. In some cases, a single treatment may be required, such as to alleviate anxiety from a recent stressful incident, but a series of treatments will be needed to address a wide variety of different problems. Because of this, it is important to ensure that the right aromatherapy oil is chosen.
Anyone wanting to use aromatherapy needs to do so under the supervision of a trained therapist who has had proper training in this area, as there are some risks involved. For instance, the treatment may not be effective in the event that there is an allergic reaction or an infection in the area that is being treated.
In order to avoid an unpleasant or unsafe reaction to the aromatherapy oil, it is best to choose a fragrance that is designed for people that are sensitive to scents and fragrances. This way, the therapist can better control the amount of the essential oil that is used in order to minimize a negative reaction. There is no need to risk the safety of the patient with a poorly chosen scent.