Wikipedia states aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.
In some cases, aromatherapy has been used as a complementary therapy. In other cases, some controversy has been caused by aromatherapy being used as an alternative medicine. Some individuals have used complementary therapy alongside standard treatment, with alternative medicine offered instead of conventional, evidence-based treatments.
Specialist in the field of aromatherapy are called Aromatherapists. They utilize blends of therapeutic aromatherapy oils that can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.
How To Use Aromatherapy
There are myriad of ways that aromatherapy oils can be applied to our bodies and environments for therapeutic value and healing benefits. Botanical compounds are natural and intended for our use, however, they are powerful and concentrated extracts and we need to exercise caution before using any aromatherapy oil. Be sure to consult an experienced and licensed aromatherapy professional before using any aromatherapy oil.
Aromatherapy oils are generally administered in three ways; topically, internally or through inhalation. Because the natural plant essence penetrates the skin (transdermal), they can be absorbed very easily and effectively by the body. The most common topical application is through massage or simply dabbing a few drops on the skin in specific areas depending on the desired outcome. Aromatherapy oils can be added to shampoo and lotions as another very good way to apply aromatherapy oils to the body.
The internal application will also allow fast and effective results. This can be accomplished by capsule, drops under the tongue, suppository and mouthwashes. Some schools of thought recommend avoiding internal usage. The obvious caution, is it safe? With many controversial debates on this topic, I find it hard to determine if it’s safe or not. My opinion is the evidence is not conclusive. We still need more research before we can conclude that ingesting essential oils does not cause harm.
However, there are many other methods of using aromatherapy oils that might be an alternative to ingestion. Direct inhalation of aromatherapy oils is probably the safest and most commonly used. This method can be very effective. Aromatherapy diffusers use the aroma or essence of the plant to fill an area with natural fragrance. From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods for diffusing aromatherapy oils exist. There are three most common methods to diffuse aromatherapy: fan or warm pad diffuser, evaporation or vaporization diffuser using water, and the most effective of all cold air atomizing diffusers that are waterless diffusers.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.