Aromatherapy: Natural Healing Powers of the Sweet Aroma
Aromatherapy is just not for that wonderful aroma that makes your house smell so inviting, but it also can heal your body. The healing powers of aromatherapy are countless. Throughout history people have extracted oils from grasses, seeds, flower petals, buds, bark, wood, stems, leaves, and roots. These powerful and precious scents can soothe your mind, lift your spirits and help heal the body. Aromatherapy has gained much attention in the last decade as a potential alternative natural remedy for many ailments and is usually in the form of essential oils that are potent distillations of the fragrant portions of plant life.
Organic essential oils are on the rise because many fear contamination from toxic ingredients. Organic plants are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMOs and are grown using agricultural methods that are much healthier and kinder to our planet and environment.
Why Use Aromatherapy and their Health Benefits?
- Essentials oils penetrate to the layer of the skin where new cells form.
- According to Huffingtonpost and Dr. Julie Chen aromatherapy scents can have tremendous healing benefits.
- They can lessen the incident of bacterial and fungal infections.
- Aid in removing and releasing metabolic wastes from the body.
- The alluring scents can uplift and balance one’s mental and emotional state.
- They can help relief fatigue, insomnia, and stress. We all seem to have an overload of stress in our lives which can lead to insomnia and fatigue
Some Common Essential Oils and their health benefits:
- Chamomile — Inhibits activity of bacteria, fungi, and toxins on the skin; helps all complexion types; improves wound healing and eczema; lifts moods and eases emotional over sensitivity, stress, insomnia, headaches, muscle soreness, and menstrual cramps.
- Eucalyptus — Great antiseptic for wounds and insect bites; enhances skin repair, reduces inflammation, and itching; reduces fatigues by increasing energy;promotes good dental health: relieves muscle soreness and pain; relieves headaches and is great for respiratory problems. According to Medical News Today one study, published in Clinical Microbiology & Infection found that eucalyptus oil may have antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract.
- Geranium — Anti aging – helps smooths wrinkles; benefits both oily and dry skin types; natural anti-depressant, calms anxiety and nervous tension; balances mind and body with its powerful stress relieving properties.
- Lavender — Lifts mood; has anti-inflammatory properties; helps heal scars and stretch marks; eases pain of menstrual cramps; eases nervousness, irritability, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Check out — 12 Reason to Love that Sweet Aromatic Flower–Lavender!
- Lemon Grass — Reduces oily hair, acne, and helps heal skin infections; has deodorant properties; sedating and soothing to the body; eases stress and nervous exhaustion. Is known to be effective in inhibiting bacterial infections in the colon, stomach, urinary tracts, wounds, respiratory system, and other organ systems.
- Peppermint — Relieves pain, muscle spasms, and cramping; is a nerve relaxant; clears lung congestion; reduces fever; kills viral infections; helps reduce digestive problems such as decreases gas and indigestion, nausea, intestinal spasms, and can be very helpful for irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint is also useful for sinus congestion; it stimulates the skin’s oil production, is known for it anti-inflammatory properties and kills many types of bacterial.
- Tea Tree — This essential oil has amazing anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help it heal wounds, acne; its scent can help build strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock. Tea tree oil helps reduce symptoms of the flu and can be used to treat colds, persistent coughs, and sinus infections. Check out some other benefits of Tea Tree oil !
- Ylang-Ylang — Balances oil production for all skin and hair types; relaxing and ylang-ylang is a health booster for the nervous system. Among Ylang-Ylang abilities and health benefits is it is known as a mental simulator, relieve muscle spasms, and can help relieve fatigue.
Practical Ways To Use Essential Oil Aromatherapy:
- Bath — Add 3-10 drops to bath water depending on type of oil and its potential for irritation.
- Body Oil — 10-12 drops per ounce of carrier oil.
- Fragrant Body Mist — 5-10 drops per 4 ounces of water.
- Inhalant — 3-5 drops in a bowl of hot water. (Do not use this method during an asthma attack.)
- Massage oil — 6 drops per ounce of carrier oil.
- Room Spray — 1-2 drops per 4 ounces of water.
Aromatherapy is a gift from Nature that can be a natural answer to help you on your journey to physical, spiritual, and emotional health!
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