Aromatherapy has become a standard alternative medicine that many people use and believe in working with. I know very little about Aromatherapy in addition to the simple fact that in the shower I find that the different smells of our different soaps make me react differently emotionally.
Aromatherapy is a very esoteric and new era, but I still wanted to know more, so I went to hunt for some information about Aromatherapy and I found it. Jeffrey Meier wrote the following article showing a lot of background for Aromatherapy as well as many of the uses.
There is a rumor that goes around that there are some oils that not only let you feel fresh and light, but also have some healing properties. Have you heard the reputation? Yes? I also have, that has prompted me to want to know more. In my research I led a path to aromatherapy. Would you like to know more? Let's explore together!
According to my research, aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils and other aromatic herbal compounds to positively influence a person's mood or health.
From the technical point of view, the reason why essential oils are different from other plant products is due to the distillation process which recovers lighter plantmodules. I do not know what we are talking about. However, what I know is that many praised its benefits and highly recommended it, so my research has moved me towards learning the different types and why they are so useful.
History of Aromatherapy
Before going to aromatherapy, I wanted to see the history of this great medical tradition. Unlike many other natural medical alternatives, the roots of aromatherapy rely on the West. The term was created by a French chemist named Rene Maurice Gattefosse who was dedicated to the research of the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
During one of his chemistry works, he accidentally put his hand on fire. When he dipped it to the nearest cold fluid he found, he immediately realized that the pain in his hand was relieved. He looked at the bucket and saw the cool liquid being the NO2 PH232, also called lavender oil.
And after a few days, he saw the recovery time for his burning dropped significantly. In addition, redness, inflammation, blisters and scars were almost non-existent, helping to further realize its healing properties. A little later, a protector named Jean Valnet continued Gattefosse's work with the treatment of injured soldiers with essential oils during the World War II. It was with these two chemists who gave birth to aromatherapy.
How Aromatherapy Works
Aromatherapy is said to act as a preventative measure for treating the body before a disease occurs. There are two reasons that alternative doctors say that aromatherapy works. One is that the fragrance of these special essential oils has a very positive effect on the limiting system (the whole brain structures that support emotion and memory).
The other is that essential oils are said to have a direct pharmacological effect on the body. However, studies have not yet proved that the result is truly true.
The two ways that essential oils are used in aromatherapy are at the level of scent and skin level. As mentioned earlier, at the level of odor, aromatherapy oils are said to activate the emotional centers of the brain. When taken at the skin level, as found with burnt Gattefoss, oils have healing properties that speed up recovery time and act as a cure to kill germs and fungi. They are also used as massage oils by some.
There is also a third way of using essential oils, although this is not recommended for home use. This third way is to get the oil in. When this is done (with professional guidance and supervision), oils are said to positively stimulate the immune system.
Uses of Aromatherapy
There are many different types of essential oils used in aromatherapy – and they all have different ways of stimulating the body. For example, Royal Essential Oils are used in perfumes as a way to help increase concentration, reverse depression and relieve headaches
Bergamot is another essential oil with significant effects such as clearing both the urinary and digestive system, as well as relieving cold sores and chicken pox. And the most popular tea tree oil is known as antiseptic and disinfectant.
But there are many other essential oils out there. Some include black pepper (surprise?), Carnations, lemons and thyme. But when you look at any aromatherapy essential oil remedies, keep in mind that everyone is very concentrated and should therefore stay away from young children just like any other medicine.
Accept and critique aromatherapy
Some countries, particularly France, regard the use of essential oils as one of the basic forms of their medicine and even considered it to be their own medical branch such as dentistry. In France, they use essential oils as antiseptics, as well as antivirals, antifungal and antibacterial drugs, and oils are regulated just like prescription drugs.
In order to decide which essential oil they will use, they call a technique called an aromatogram, which involves cultivating a sample of infected tissue, then cultivating and dividing it between Petri dishes. The dishes are then inoculated with different ethereal oils to determine which has the greatest effect, and so choose the right oil.
While the form of aromatherapy in alternative medicine is particularly respected by some, there are others who do not believe in the results of aromatherapy and feel that it is another way to sell a dream to those seeking a "quick fix".
Those who believe in aromatherapy, however, ignore this feeling and say that, as well as deciding to use other alternative forms of medicine, including herbs and minerals, acupuncture and even meditation, it depends on each person's interpretation of what works for them is important. In other words, do not hit it until you try it.
Aromatherapy is still in the process of accepting in America, but it is becoming more and more welcome than those who are tired of internalizing synthetic pharmaceuticals that seem to have several side effects and are basically able to do more harm than good.
Although they are still in the early stages of acceptance, there are many alternative medicine professionals who are willing to try it. It seems that many people notice that Earth has an abundant offer of what we need to keep us well. And as this becomes more recognizable, there will be more opportunities to try out the unique forms of alternative medicine available, including acupuncture and, of course, aromatherapy.