Benefits of Aromatherapy and Application Techniques

Posted on Wednesday 11 November 2009

Aromatherapy utilizes natural herbal oils from plants and for a variety of body and mind advantages. It has long been used by massage therapists as a way to help people relax.

Now medical experts are increasingly using aromatherapy because of growing laboratory documentation of its performance. Progress is also being made in application systems for aromatherapy; aerial diffusion, direct inhalation, and topical use.

There are essential oils and other organic compounds that are known to have a range of beneficial effect on mood, focus, and energy. Many herb species are popular as a method for scenting the air in a home or work space. There are thousands of plants that have been shown to exhibit aromatherapy benefits.

Lavender, for example, is known to have a soothing effect on mood and is standard in potpourri. Basil, normally used in recipes, has been the subject of several investigative experiments as a potential remedy for depression. Present findings suggests that it has positive influence for mood improvement amongst different benefits.

Medical science has begun investigating aromatherapy for the treatment of serious conditions. It is currently being used in some parts of the world as a disinfectant, antibacterial, and antiseptic aid for surgeries and cuts. Aromatherapy is well suited for this use because many essential oils do not have adverse effects on healthy tissue and so easier to handle for people who may already be weakened or sick.

There is still much work to be done to discover how aromatherapy works. It is now believed that there are two ways that essential plants oils can promote health; the influence of their scent on the olfactory system and the pharmacological effect of some psychoactive plant chemicals. Scientists are still in the process of learning how these two processes work and what role they might have in future treatments.

The delivery method for aromatherapy is another area that is now experiencing rapid advancement. The three primary modes of use are; direct inhalation, aerial diffusion, and topical use. New advancements in aromatherapy diffuser design has created very accurate and efficient designs. A number of herbal vaporizers are able to be set at very specific heat levels and are good at activating natural herbal oils.

The author has authored a number of articles on the benefits of aromatherapy and different essential oils and oil diffuser

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