Aromatherapy - Тhe Hidden Key to Both your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Aromatherapy - Тhe Hidden Key to Both your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Introduction  |  How long has it been around for?  |  How does it work and how can I access it?  |  Benefits  |  Essential oils  |  Risks and side effects  |  Summary

Introduction

At this point, almost all of us have heard about aromatherapy. Although this holistic treatment has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. Whether you're completely new to all of this and want to learn more or you've already had some experience, we strongly believe you'll benefit greatly from reading this whole article. We'll explain in simple terms all about this ancient practice which has already turned into a worldwide phenomenon that leaves more and more people stunned by its amazing effects!

How long has aromatherapy been around for?

Aromatherapy has been around in some form or another for thousands of years. Ancient cultures like China and Egypt have incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. It was believed these substances can have both psychological, as well as physical benefits.

The actual term 'aromatherapy' was introduced only around 80 years or so ago by a famous French perfumer and chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé in a book he wrote on the topic. It discusses the use of essential oils in treating medical conditions.

How does it work and how can I access it?

Generally speaking, aromatherapy works by absorbing essential oils through the skin or by inhaling them. We've listed the most popular ways to do that below:

  • Diffusers
  • Body oils
  • Bathing salts
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Facial steamers

There are around 90 different oils on the market as of now, but people generally tend to use the most popular ones. You can find more info on essential oils here.

Benefits

Although this treatment has a vast bouquet of benefits, there are a few that in our opinion stand above all the others:

  • Enhanced sleep quality 
  • Boosted immunity 
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Better overall mood
  • Relieved headaches
  • Decreased joint pain

    Additionally, studies are looking into the effects that aromatherapy could have on diagnosed conditions such as: 

    • Depression
    • Insomnia
    • Asthma
    • Fatigue
    • Menstrual issues
    • Menopause

    Although there isn't a lot of data yet, more and more medical professionals are starting to show interest in the topic. This, combined with all of the positive reports of people already using essential oils, means there is a lot of potential, so you might as well give it a try!

    Risks and side effects

    While aromatherapy is generally labeled as a 'safe practice', there still are risks and side effects associated with it that we want to make sure you understand. These are the things you should be cautious about:

    Applying essential oils directly to your skin

    Certain people's skins are more sensitive and some oils are more potent than others. If you decide to go down this route, always combine essential oils with carrier oils.

    Carrier oils are another form of plant oils, that are unscented or lightly scented and are no way near as potent, making them the perfect option to enjoy an aromatherapy massage, without worrying about inflammation!

    Using essential oils with medical conditions

    Always consult with your healthcare provider if you decide to use essential oils and already have some of the following conditions:

    • asthma
    • epilepsy
    • eczema
    • high blood pressure
    • psoriasis
    • hay fever

    Side effects

    While these apply mainly to people with conditions and allergies, all of us should be cautious as you never know if a particular scent won't trigger some of the following:

    • headaches
    • asthma attacks
    • allergic reactions
    • nausea

    Pregnant women, infants, and pets

      If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or have kids at home, always consult with your doctor before using essential oils, as some of the scents can have a negative impact.

      If you are a pet owner, consult with your vet.

      Summary

      Aromatherapy can provide you with all kinds of benefits if you know how to access it properly and are careful with the scents you choose. Whenever you're tired or just not feeling like it, it is always better to have an aroma diffuser and an essential oil within hand's reach, so you can set up your relaxation station in minutes!

      If you're interested in a diffuser with a distinctive design that comes with the added benefit of a FREE essential oil, you can check out the Humbliss Volcano Aroma Diffuser now and dive into the amazing world of aromatherapy!

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