Focus on Aromatherapy

/ 06/06/2012 /

aromatherapySome of our most powerful healing comes naturally. We yield the best results when we are able to boost what our bodies do on their own. When we need external aid in treating pain, stress, depression, tension, and other problems that wreak havoc on the body, aromatherapy provides some beneficial properties. 

Aromatherapy In Health

Aromatherapy is the use of plant-based essential oils for healing. Though the term “aromatherapy” makes it sound as if treatment is based on the smell of these oils, these oils may also be massaged into the skin.

Aromatherapy, when used as part of a holistic treatment, can be therapeutic both physically and emotionally.  Essential oils can be used to treat swelling or some types of fungal infections; though it is not meant to treat acute ailments or serious conditions, when stress is slowing the body’s recovery, the calming effects of aromatherapy can be of great aid in healing. It has been used to alleviate pain and improve mood in many hospitals, spas, birthing facilities, and healing centers.

Medicinal Aromatherapy

Essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant, including the roots, leaves, seeds, and blossoms. They have been used by various cultures (Asian, European, and Middle Eastern) for thousands of years for physical and spiritual purposes. French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé wrote a book about aromatherapy in the early 20th century, claiming to have used lavender oil to treat a burn he had received on his hand in the laboratory. And it was the French surgeon Jean Valnet who first used essential oils medicinally as antiseptics in treating the burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds of soldiers in World War I.

There are many essential oils, to be sure! They have a wide range of uses and properties. Aromatherapy has been found helpful for:

·      Nausea and vomiting during labor

·      Stress and pain relief during labor

·      Relief of stress, anxiety, and depression

·      Hair loss

·      Constipation and indigestion

·      Itching, swelling, psoriasis

·      Insomnia

·      Pain, anxiety, and agitation

People Who Should Avoid Or Exercise Due Caution With Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and essential oils, whether inhaled or used topically, are generally considered safe. Products derived from plants may be natural, but by no means are they all innocuous. Solicit the guidance of physicians before using essential oils and aromatherapy.

People who need to be especially careful with essentials oils and aromatherapy include:

·      Pregnant women

·      Those with skin allergies

·      Those with high blood pressure

·      Those with a history of seizures or estrogen-dependent tumors

Essential oils are rarely taken by mouth. Avoid using essential oils near your eyes.

When offered in conjunction with the guidance of a trained professional, aromatherapy is a great way for health professionals to promote integrative, natural paths to well-being