Aromatherapy massage therapy

Aromatherapy is among the fastest growing fields in alternative and holistic medicine

Define Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic practice involving use of volatile liquid plant materials, called as essential oils (EOs), and other aromatic compounds from plants and herbs to affect someone's mood or health.. Today it is considered as a part of alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) system.

The term 'Aromatherapy was coined in the 1920s by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils after a lucky accident in his perfume laboratory. As per the documents, in the accident, he lit his arm on fire and thrust it into the nearest cold liquid, which happened to be a vat of lavender oil. Much to his amazement, the burn quickly healed without a scar.

However Aromatherapy as a healing practice has been known to mankind since around 5000 years, making it one of the oldest healing therapies in world. There are substantial evidences that all the ancient civilization including India, China, Egypt and Sumerians had ample knowledge and expertise in use of oils and aromas for healing and therapeutic purposes.

Aromatherapy Oils

It is a widely perceived fact that pleasant aromas have a positive and salubrious effect. Aromatherapy extends this fact to medicinal purposes

Essential oils work in a number of ways when applied accordingly. At scent level they stimulate the limbic system and emotional centers of the brain. When these oils are applied on skin, commonly in form of massage oils (1-10 % solutions of EO carrier oil), they activate thermal receptors and kill microbes and fungi. Internal application of EOs (mainly in pharmaceutical drugs; not recommended for home use) can activate the immune system, urine secretion, and have antiseptic properties. Different essential oils have very different properties.

Aromatherapy benefits

When aromatherapy is applied in medical treatment, an exact knowledge of the bioactivity and combination of essential oils, precise knowledge of dosage and duration of application are required on the part of the therapist. Although the general notion is that aromatherapy is confined to inhalation of scents, it includes some additional methods that include:

Aromatherapy: Types and Effects

The main branches of aromatherapy include:

They are studied in pharmacology and aromachology.

The therapeutic effects of Aromatherapy are

Scents and Aromatherapy

Fragrances have a deep relaxing and pacifying effect on the brain, measured by an increase in alpha brain waves. Lavender is considered as the best essential oil for aromatherapy. It is widely recommended by practitioners for treatment of wounds, to enhance memory and to aid sleep reducing anxiety and insomnia. Other popular scents include