Aromatherapy is the practice where essential oils are used to improve your mood or your health. This is a kind of alternative medicine that has been practiced by many for relaxation and in making you feel good. Indeed, there are many other known health benefits of aromatherapy of aside from ‘feeling good,’ but how does the smell of these essential oils affect your mind and your emotions?
Benefits of aromatherapy
Once you are exposed to the aroma of the essential oils, the scent will travel from your nose to the part of the brain that controls your emotions, your moods, and your memories. That part of the brain is known as the limbic system, and when this is stimulated, it releases chemicals that will help you feel calm, relaxed and healed. One of the chemicals released when this part of the brain is stimulated is the endorphin known to have properties that ease the pain.
Due to this, aromatherapy has been used to help relieve pain in some conditions like fibromyalgia, which is characterized my achy and painful muscles that are often accompanied by stiffness.
Researchers also conducted studies on the possible benefits of aromatherapy to promote better sleep and overcome insomnia. In a study among aging people who have complained about the difficulty in sleeping, the lavender aroma helped them put to sleep. Of course, our body needs a good sleep to help maintain proper functioning as well as helping it to rest.
Other known benefits of aromatherapy include relief from stress and anxiety. Aside from enhancing the mood, it also promotes balance as well as relief from discomforts we feel in our everyday lives. Aromatherapy is also said to boost the immune system. In some countries, it is also used to help in some circulation and digestive problems as well as problems related to menstruation and menopause. Those suffering from depression are also found to benefit from aromatherapy.
Some aromatherapy sessions also include massage, which also enhances your relaxation. But it is important to note that the undiluted form of these essential oils can be harmful so when applying it to the skin during massage, these oils should be diluted.
Although aromatherapy has lots of benefits, it is also important to keep in mind that it is not a cure for major illnesses. It may help in alleviating the symptoms, but it is not a replacement of your medicines. It may help relieve pain, but it cannot cure the cause of the problem.
It is important to note though that essential oils used in aromatherapy are from natural sources, it does not imply they are always safe. If you are allergic to some natural substances, you may want to consult an expert on aromatherapy before engaging into aromatherapy sessions.