Aromatherapy simply means “a therapy using aromas”. It is an ancient natural and holistic therapy using especially selected aromatic oils for their therapeutic effect on the mind, body and soul. The aromas come from the plant kingdom – from flowers, trees, bushes, and herbs.
The effect is experienced through the sense of smell which is linked to the deepest parts of the brain governed by your basic instincts, thoughts and emotions. On a physical level, essential oils help to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation, ease sinus congestion and act as a strong antioxidant.
The oils may activate certain areas of your brain, like your limbic system, which plays a role in your emotions. They could also have an impact on your hypothalamus, which may respond to the oil by creating feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin.
Some experts think that when you put essential oils on your skin, they cause a response in your skin and other parts of your body, like your joints.
Ease stress, anxiety, and depression
Boost feelings of relaxation
Fight bacteria when you put them on your skin
Ease some of the side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea and pain
Help improve quality of life for people with long-term health problems like dementia
Ease certain types of pain, including pain from kidney stones and osteoarthritis of the knee