Aromatherapy is classified as an unconventional medicine, and can be categorized among alternative medicines that make exclusive use of natural means for care. It is practiced most often through physical manipulations or massages performed with the use of essential oils. These essential oils are plant extracts that have certain therapeutic properties. They are used orally, by dermal route, or by air diffusion with different modes of diffusion.
Therapeutic effects of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a massage that works on the place where it is applied to harmonize physical and mental health. Its effects on mental and physical health are well known.
Better blood circulation
With an aromatherapy massage, the body parts are gently manipulated, which increases blood flow to the muscles and vital organs. As a result, blood circulation is significantly improved through the absorption of oils through the skin and into the bloodstream. The essential oils used to promote circulation and strengthen the capillaries are for example cypress oils, incense, grapefruit, eucalyptus oil, juniper berries and sandalwood.
Decrease of anxiety
An aromatherapy massage can calm the nerves and induce relaxation. It decreases anxiety by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are natural body pain relievers and stress-reducing hormones. Generally the essential oils used to eliminate anxiety are oils of rosewood, sandalwood and vanilla.
Improved mental health
The properties of essential oils such as sage and vetiver, activated by the stimulation of massage on the body, activate the olfactory nerves in the brain, which amplifies the production of serotonin and improves the mental capacity of a person.
A restorative sleep
To avoid insomnia, aromatherapy massage is recommended to facilitate sleep. When used to promote sleep, it is advisable to do an aromatherapy massage in the late afternoon or evening, using lavender, marjoram and aralia bunch oils.
Elimination of toxins
The gentle manipulation of the body with the purifying scents of essential oils promotes lymphatic drainage, which contributes to the elimination of toxins. Lemongrass and myrtle oils are most used essential oils used for body detoxification.
In order to relax after a hard day of work or a stressful week, nothing beats a good relaxing massage session. And to optimize the effects of massage, do not hesitate to use the suitable essential oils!!
Choose your essential oil according your needs
Each essential oil has its peculiarities and properties. Not only during a massage, but also in an aromatic bath or throughout an air diffusion, it has to be chosen according to the expected result. For aromatherapy massage sessions, several essential oils allow you to relax. They can be used individually, or by synergizing with some others, depending on the practitioner in charge of the preparation.
The essential oil of bergamot
The essential oil of bergamot is appreciated for its multiple benefits on the digestive system and against the skin diseases. It also has a relaxing virtue, acting against anxiety and stress, and can be used for treatment in case of breakdown. By massaging with bergamot oil, the sweetness of its aroma helps the patient to relax while a firm and vigorous massage technique relaxes the treated areas.
Lavender essential oil
The essential oil of lavender, comes amongst the most popular essential oils. It has many benefits that relieve about thirty ailments. It acts on the nervous and the immune system. In addition, it is often used for relaxing massage because of its ability to relax muscles and improve blood circulation. Its effects also reach the mind by eliminating stress and anxiety.