What is aromatherapy? Why should you use it? What kind of results can you expect from aromatherapy? In this blog and the next we’ll introduce some basic ideas about this holistic healing tool.
Aromatherapy uses natural plant extracts to promote your health and well-being. You might also hear it called essential oil therapy. This modality uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of your body, mind, and spirit! At Herbs Can Cleanse, we believe that these three aspects of ourselves work best in balance. Aromatherapy is one modality we use to enhance this balance.
Aromatherapy was used in ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere. Aromatic plant components were used in resins, balms, and oils. If you study the history of aroma in these ancient cultures, you find they were used for both medical and religious purposes, illustrating their value on many levels.
Our modern distillation of essential oils is attributed to the Persians, in the 10th century, though the practice may have been in use before this. Information about the distillation of essential oils was first published in the 16th century in Germany, and French physicians in the 19th century were familiar with aromatherapy’s potential in treating disease.
Some of the body-level benefits you may experience from using aromatherapy include pain reduction, improved sleep, stress and anxiety reduction, relief of sore joints, headaches, or migraines, reduction of bacteria, virus, and fungus, and improved immunity! Many of the product descriptions for our essential oils include their potential uses, and we’ll discuss this in future blogs as well.
Generally, we experience aromatherapy through our sense of smell or through topical application. Diffusers, spritzers, and inhalers introduce the aromatherapy through the sense of smell. Body oils, creams, or lotions introduce the aromatherapy through the skin (care is required; never apply an essential oil directly to your skin). Bathing salts, facial steamers, hot and cold compresses, and clay masks combine introduction through our sense of smell and through our skin. As you learn more about aromatherapy, you’ll learn which application is best.
At Herbs Can Cleanse, we carry a number of high-quality essential oils! Take a look, and watch our blog for more information about using our products!