Utilising a range of essential oils, Aromatherapy promotes health and general wellbeing. It is a form of complemnetary therapy that provides treatment through different scents.
As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy aims to improve both your physical, emotional and spiritual existence. Essential oils are extracted from natural plants and concentrated in highly powerful doses. Through aromatherapy, these oils can be massaged into the skin, inhaled directly or diffused through a room.
The idea behind this is that the over 150 fragrances available from different essential oils can help boost the immune system and your body's natural defense mechanisms. Different oils have different properties and their application is both the art and science of tapping into their essences in order to help you self heal.
Inhalation stimulates the olfactory nerves thereby having a direct impact on your brain and nervous system. The human nose can distinguish over 10,000 different smells. The olfactory nerve is directly connected to the memory section of your brain and therefore smell is one of the most powerful senses. Studies have shown that smell can influence our mood and certain fragrances, such as lavender for example, are believed to have a relaxing effect on the brain.
Practitioners work closely with clients to determine which oils are most beneficial for them as an individual. The oils need to be natural, as opposed to chemically based, in order to work. As a means of treating and preventing illnesses, their popularity has grown enormously. While not replacing conventional medicine, essential oils are more and more seen as a way to combat physical pain and illness as well as depression or stress.
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