What is Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy which uses essential oils to hep create balance in both our physical and emotional wellbeing. This area of holistic therapy is growing with more research being produced about the benefits of using essential oils.
Plant extracts have been used for thousands of years throughout history from the ancient Egyptians who used different oils to worship the moon and the sun. During the Black Death period the Hatters seemed immune to the symptoms of the the plague and this has been attributed to the oils and herbs that they where working with. Dr Jean Valent was an army surgeon who used oils for treating soldiers war wounds, he also published his aromatherapists bible in 1964 and taught other medical professionals about the therapeutic effects of essential oils.
One of the most popular ways to receive aromatherapy is through massage, however it can be just as beneficial to receive it through inhalation and absorption. You may find as life changes that you may well be drawn to different oils and their aromas, however aromatherapy is about much more than the smell of the oils.
The main benefits from having aromatherapy treatments can include:
- An improved sense of wellbeing
- Helping with relaxation both physical and emotional
- Aiding sleep problems
- Helping to relieve tension both muscular and mental
- Improving your moods
- May help to balance your hormones - whether you are young, trying for a baby or menopausal
- Helping to reduce your stress and anxiety levels
A good aromatherapist will never claim to diagnose or cure. Aromatherapy should not be used instead of conventional medical treatment, however it can compliment and work alongside it.
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