24 March 2009

Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy)



"Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating.

The oils are thought to interact with the body's hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. Another theory suggests that the fragrance of certain oils may stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances.

What is aromatherapy used for?

Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. But so far there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy effectively prevents or cures illness."

By Caroline Rea

From Denny: Most of us have experienced aromatherapy even if unintentionally. Shampoos, soaps, bath oils, sunscreens, and makeup have fragrances contained in them to illicit a desired emotional response. How many times have you caught the scent of freshly squeezed lemon and you suddenly felt more mentally stimulated and emotionally upbeat?

I doubt there are few people on the planet that believe aromatherapy is meant as a treatment to cure a problem. What it can do is help support other stronger treatments. Aromatherapy is often used to support cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

As a support to ease stress and anxiety aromatherapy contributed to their recovery, many people often comment. It distracted them from focusing too much on their fear and helped ease that fear. Well, when you ease fear then the immune system is no longer so stressed and can go about its job to attack disease and banish it.

Aromatherapy may not be a cure in itself. It is, however, a valuable tool in support of treatments on the road to wellness.

A cautionary note: Do not suppose aromatherapy is totally benign in some cases. Those who have various lung conditions like asthma, respiratory allergies, skin allergies or are pregnant should reconsider useage unless cleared by a physician.

More specific precautions are listed in the article.

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