Aromatherapy & Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts), usually through massage, inhalation, baths or compresses. In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient's skin through a remedial or relaxing massage.
Aromatherapy can have a wide range of benefits, from the physical to the emotional. The benefits of essential oils can be obtained through inhalation or by external application. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction to mainstream medicine to help treat common colds and flu, insomnia, nausea, skin conditions, migraines and headaches and many other ailments. Aromatherapy is easy to practice, readily available, and can be effective as a therapy, but should be used with care.
The Essential Oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress.
Some common oils and their uses include:
• Eucalyptus: for congestion/colds
• Frankincense: for calming emotions and nightmares
• Geranium: for menopausal problems & PMS Lemongrass; for sore or injured muscles
• Lavender: for relaxation
• Peppermint: for quick energy
• Rose: a uterine tonic and aids in contractions during childbirth
• Sandalwood: for relaxation, digestive troubles (esp. due to tension), dry skin
• Tea Tree: a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain.
Aromatherapy should not be confused with fragrances or perfume oils. Fragrances are often made from chemicals, and lack the therapeutic properties of essential oils. So just because someone lights a scented candle doesn't make it aromatherapy!
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