What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of complementary therapy. One of the reasons it has been so successful is due to its holistic approach. When making a plan, the aromatherapist will consider an individual’s medical history. General mental health, well-being and emotional condition are also taken on board before starting.
Essential oils are used with the hope of treating and preventing disease or illness, as well as enhancing the body and mind. For example, if ignored, stress can worsen. This can increase the risk of suffering headaches and anxiety later on. An aromatherapist will target the cause of the stress. They will create a personal plan and a concoction of essential oils for the individual. Instead of targeting the headache, the oils would work to improve the person’s ability to cope with stress
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy can be used to help treat various symptoms and conditions. The evidence for its effectiveness varies and often further research is required. The therapeutic qualities of the oils are thought to soothe, uplift, restore, boost the immune system and encourage positivity.
The symptoms and conditions aromatherapy is thought to help include:
Certain scents can trigger a relaxation response in the brain. When combined with a massage, it can help to reduce feelings of stress. It is important to discover the cause of your stress to ensure long-term management.
Studies have found that aromatherapy can have a positive effect on those suffering with anxiety. As a complementary therapy, it is best used with other therapies such as talking therapy.
Many people find aromatherapy a helpful aid for sleep. Burning a relaxing scent in your home or adding essential oils to a warm, evening bath can help prepare your body and mind for sleep.
Aromatherapy is thought to be especially helpful for easing any chronic pain-related anxiety. If the pain is muscular, a massage using essential oils may be an effective treatment. As with any new therapy, please consult your GP before starting.