It is widely thought that the roots of this therapy are in Egypt. A medical papyri considered to date back to around 1555 B.C. contains remedies for all types of illnesses and the methods of application are similar to those used in herbal medicine today.
Aromatherapy essential oils are derived from natural plant essences to promote health and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy consists of the use of pure essential oils obtained from a wide assortment of plants, which have been steam distilled or cold-pressed from flowers, fruit, bark and roots.
Aromatherapy essential oils are good for both the mind and the body.
By opening up the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils, the aroma goes directly to the limbic system where memories, pleasures and emotions are stored.
The limbic system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Every time you inhale a particular aromatherapy oil, a pleasurable emotional balancing dance occurs. Balance has great therapeutic effects on a stressed mind.
Aromatherapy is equally as good for the body. Some of the chemical properties of aromatherapy oils include cleansing, deodorizing, and balancing. Have you had an aromatic massage lately? It is fabulous, especially when you choose the scent you want.
Sufferers of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders can benefit a great deal by awakening their sense of smell, and from the relaxation that aromatherapy essential oils bestow.
They can also benefit greatly from the calming, caring touch involved in an aromatherapy massage.
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I have personally found frankincense and ylang ylang to be very calming, and frankincense is great for helping to create the right mood for meditation - another great aid to recovery from any stress related disorder.
Essential oils are varied and all have different properties. They can also be used in a number of ways, from burning them in an oil burner, adding them to your bath, or adding them to a base oil such as almond and using them for massage.
Frankincense and ylang ylang are my favourites, but there are many others which are worth trying.
Here's a few, and their therapeutic effects:
- Citrus - increases energy and happiness.
- Lavender - brings relaxation and peace.
- Jasmine and sandalwood - anti-depressant.
Please note that most essential oils should NEVER be applied undiluted to the skin. Many are capable of causing bad burns.
There are also some aromatherapy essential oils which should not be used on certain people, such as children and the elderly, or if you are pregnant or suffering from a particular health problem. Smell is an important part of all our lives, and the use of aromatherapy essential oils, especially used in conjunction with other complementary therapies, can help all of us to relax.