Everything You Need to Know about Aromatherapy

December 19, 2010 by  
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Aromatherapy is increasing in popularity nowadays, but many people still don’t know much about it. The term aromatherapy first became used in the 1920s, when a French chemist by the name Rene Maurice Gattefosse came up with it.

The French scientist realised the enormous potential of natural oils, and the healins and soothing powers they had on people, after one day, one of his experiments took an ugly turn and his arm was caught on fire.

Desperate to put out the fire, he submerged his arm into the first bin of liquid he culd find; this bin turned out to be lavender oil, and he was very surprised to discover that his injuries were healed very quickly and he was left without any scar or any visible sign that would remind him of the traumatic experience he had had.

Basically, aromatherapy can be defined as an alternative form of medicine, which uses essential oils and various plant extracts in order to help heal various illnesses. This alternative form of medicine has recently started to gain ground, because aromatherapy uses only natural extracts in order to heal varous conditions or to improve a persom’s mood or their state of spirit.

An important thing that you should know about aromatherapy is that it has three main branches, all with their own characteristics. The first one is the so called home aromatherapy, which is basically a treatment that people can make on their own, using aromatherapy products with different feratures. The second major branch is called clinical aromatherapy, which is a treatment using pharmacological products and it occurs in a clinical environment, therefore in an environment which is controlled by specialists in order to monitor the healing process.

Las, but not least, another important aromatherapy branch is aromachology; this is more of a science: the sc ience of studying odors and the effects varous scents may have on a person’s mind or state of spirit.

People use three main methods of aromatherapy healing; one of the most important and the most popular one at the same time is the use of essential oils as a scent. People often use scented candles for this purpose, in an attempt to improve a person’s state of mind. The scent therapy works by activating the emotional centers and the limbic system of the brain.

In this way, a person can manage to improve their mood and relieve stress. Aromatherapy is also used as a topical treatment, because certain plant oils work efficiently by being applied directly on the skin. Aromatherapy also makes use of certain drugs, which people can ingest; this is a way for the natural oils to work on the inside of the body, thus being more efficient.

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