Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well being. The word aroma clears that fragrance of the oil is used for relaxation but they can also be massaged into the skin. Due to several health benefits, these oils are gaining new attention as an alternative treatment for headache, stress, insomnia, digestive problems and other health problems.
Essential oils are concentrated extracts of plants taken from roots, leaves, blossoms or seeds of the plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients and the mix determines its usage. Some oils are used for promoting physical healing; others are used for emotional value and psychological well being. These oils are basically used in wide range of settings from health spas to hospitals- to treat a variety of conditions. Generally, it is used to relieve pain, improve mood, enhance relaxation and treat swelling or fungal infections. In fact, there are several essential oils available such as lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood and many more.
Many pregnant women use lavender, rose and frankincense essential oils to feel less anxiety and fear and acquire stronger sense of well being during labor. Apart from that, other popular aromatic plant oils and their uses are:-
Peppermint - Digestive disorders
Sandalwood - anxiety, depression and nervous tension
Sweet Orange - increases focus and concentration
Lavender - Insomnia, headaches, pains, burns and aches
Tea tree - antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, respiratory problems
Eucalyptus - stimulates the immune system and relieves nasal congestion
Chamomile - known for its relaxing effects
Calendula - reduces the appearance of acne scars and soothes psoriasis.
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