Aromatherapy is a unique branch of
herbal medicine that utilizes the medicinal properties found in the essential
oils of various plants. It is a complementary therapy- that is, a gentle way of
helping to restore the body and mind to a balanced, healthy state, using healing
essences extracted from plants, shrubs and tress. It treats the whole person,
both mind and body. It is a very helpful way of treating stress-related problems.
It relies on the use of pure and essential oils of various plants. It is a branch of Herbology and the study of “aromatherapy” may
best be considered in the following four areas of application:
Aesthetic- the effects essential
oils have on the beauty of skin and hair.
Psycho- the effects aromas have on
our moods and feelings: also known as aromachology
Holistic- the integration of the
divine into the body, mind and spirit.
Medical- the effects essential oils
have in enhancing and maintaining a state of homeostasis. I would encourage
aromatherapy for everyday pleasure and well being to promote freedom from
tensions and stress.
The use of Aromatherapy can be seen
as part of a lifestyle; a choice- a lifestyle that allows forever pleasure
because a moment of pleasure ads healing. Simply put, aromatherapy is –using
SMELL. It is an extremely pleasant and holistic way to promote positive health
and beauty. Aromatherapy has a direct and profound effect on the mind and
emotions of an individual as the sense of smell has a direct access to the human
brain and emotions and works at a subconscious level to modify emotional
behavior. The immediate and often profound effects that aromatherapy essential
has on the
nervous system also makes it an excellent method for stress
management. Other effects include relief from physical and mental exhaustion,
stress release, balancing of energies, charging of entire system, increasing vitality, purification, a new perception
in attitude and good things that happen
with clean and energized chakras. Essential oils also act on the adrenal glands,
ovaries, and the thyroid, and can energize or pacify, detoxify and facilitate
the digestive process. The oils’ therapeutic properties make them also effective
for treating infections, interacting with the various branches of the nervous
system, modifying immune response, and harmonizing moods and emotions.
Inhalation of oil fragrances may be one of the fastest ways to achieve
physiological and psychological results. Inhaling the fragrance of certain
essential oils can help clear sinuses or free congestion in the chest and can significantly
affect the nervous system.
Correctly used, it helps to keep
healthy by improving the circulation, soothing the nervous system, reducing
waste products and lessening the effects of stress. Consult the aroma therapist
for proper guidance so as when to avoid it. It is never recommended to take
aroma oils internally. It is very effective for bacterial infections of
respiratory system, immune deficiencies such as Epstein-Barr (a form of herpes
virus) believed to be the causative agent in infectious (monocleousis) and
numerous skin diseases. It is also useful for other infections such as cystitis and
herpes simplex. The immediate and often profound effect that essential oils have
on the nervous system also makes aromatherapy an excellent method for stress
Aromatherapy and Depression:
Aromatherapy works wonderfully to remove depression completely. Depressions of four kinds viz., reactive depression, hormone related
and severe depression, can be treated. Tranquilizers have dangerous side effects but
aromatherapy is gentle and helpful alternative treatment and can used to balance
the nervous system.
Many depressed persons have come
out of it with a single sitting and now give hope to the still victims of