Aromatherapy is a complementary treatment where essential oils are used to enhance relaxation and boosts mental sharpness. The essential oils are concocted by distilling volatile oils from different flowers, leaves, and barks of plants.
Various aromas are used in aromatherapy. But you need to use only the essential oils because some other fragrant oils may contain hormone-disrupting phthalates.
Let's find out about the health benefits of aromatherapy
Increased relaxation and reduced anxiety
By using lavender, sandalwood, and sweet orange essential oils, you can increase relaxation and reduce anxiety. You can use the essential oil for massaging to get the benefits. Regular aromatherapy massages can help even cancer patients to get help to reduce their anxiety.
Lavender oil can reduce pain from injections or surgery. If you sniff the mixture containing lavender, roman chamomile, and neroli (citrus orange/floral), it will also help you to easily variety besides stabilizing your blood pressure and improving sleep.
Squash food cravings
If you want to squash food cravings, you can use grapefruit essential oil as it can reduce your appetite.
If you want better sleep, you can use rose essential oil. According to a recent study by Japan's Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, when you sniff rose essential oil, it can cause deeper, longer sleep.
Rosemary essential oil can help you improve your memory. Sniff the scent of Rosemary to recall specific events from the past easily. It will also help you remember things better in the future.
Neroli essential oil has a floral scent and it can help you ease anxiety. You can sniff neroli essential oil to temporarily lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Choose excellent quality essential oils
If you're using essential oils, always use real essential oils and not perfume oils. Always sniff before you buy. Before you buy, see if you can stand the smell and if not, do not buy it. However, there are different ways of using essential oils.
Use just a little
You can add 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil to your next bath. You can add 5 drops to a bastion of warm water for soaking your foot. You can add 5 to 6 drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil like Jews were almond, olive, or grapeseed oil for a good massage. You can add a few drops to a cup of hot water and let the scent waft through the room.
Mix and match
You can always mix and match different essential oils and get the benefits they offer. You can mix a few drops of one essential oil with a few drops of another. A scientific study done on nurses walking in a hospital emergency department found that aromatherapy massages can reduce their stress drastically. Mixtures of lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and patchouli essential oils helped them to relax better. You can use such a mixture to ensure that you also stay relaxed.
Always find the best quality essential oil and use that following the proper instructions. Do not put undiluted oils on your skin and do not take it internally. Always mix it with other carrier oils if you're using it for massaging.