Aromatherapy health is certainly not a new concept, but it has gained increasing popularity over recent years because of the exposure in the media. It is also a pleasanter way of keeping healthy than perhaps taking pills all the time. That is not to say there isn't a place for conventional approaches to health, there surely is. However, sometimes aromatherapy can be used to help with the more minor issues or to complement other treatments for more serious problems.
Aromatherapy may be all you need to improve cognitive awareness, enhance your mood or boost a lagging libido for example.
How aromatherapy health works is to use essential oils in such a way that the scents will influence particular areas of the brain to produce a desired effect. Essential oils can be infused into the air, wafted under the nose, used in a massage or added to your bath. To avoid irritation, it is imperative to know that you need ‘carrier’ oils to dilute aromatherapy essential oils before using directly on the skin.
There are some popular oils used in aromatherapy products that you will find easily accessible in the shops or on the Internet. You will find that lavender has a calming effect and will help induce sleep in adults and children. There is also evidence that it can help with seasonal affective disorder as well as reduce anxiety levels. Jasmine can be used as an aphrodisiac and will help calm the senses and the muscles. Why not burn a candle in your home and who knows what the benefits may be! Peppermint will help clear out the sinuses and soothe the stomach and lemon will basically help make you feel happier!
If you are pregnant, some suggest you should at least avoid basil, fennel and aniseed. There is no evidence that when used externally you will do any harm to your baby and of course, we use them in cooking all the time, but it has to be noted that the suggestion has been made. It would be wise however, to check with a specialist before using if you are pregnant or have any serious medical condition.
Aromatherapy products are a natural way to help improve your cognitive awareness, reduce tension and help make you feel better about yourself. Many people are put off because aromatherapy sounds a bit complicated and time consuming to get into. Let us help, it's not that hard!