Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing, relaxing and energising by the use of plants and their parts. The roots, barks, flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts play a crucial part in this science. It is one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines. The word aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy which stands for healing.
The word “Aromatherapy” comes from the fusion of two words- Aroma which means smell and therapy which means to cure. Basically aromatherapy uses the plants and their parts for curing and healing purpose. This is a holistic treatment which means that the treatment has a profound impact on the body, mind and spirit.
Aromatherapy lays a great stress on the usage of essential oils. These oils are extracted from the plants by the methods of steam distillation and cold-pressing of flowers, fruits, bark and roots. There are a wide variety of essential oils which can have psychological and physical benefits on your body.
When the essential oils are inhaled, they enter the lungs and offer physical as well as psychological benefits. The oils stimulate the scent receptors in the brain, thereby triggering a response in the part of the brain affecting heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, memory and hormone balance. If these oils are used under the expert guidance, they can have benefic effect on the body and mind but otherwise can be harmful.
To use these oils for aromatherapy massage, you can use an essential oil or combine two or more essential oils for the massage. When the power of oils is combined with the power of massage, you can experience the deep state of relaxation or invigoration. These oils are also believed to aid in beauty and cosmetics.