Aromatherapy And Relaxation

By Patricia | March 17, 2009
Aromatherapy And Relaxation

Aromatherapy may be described as an alternative health therapy, which is based on the use of essential oils from plants on the human body. They may either be inhaled or massaged into the skin, where they are absorbed directly into the blood stream. Aromatherapy and relaxation go hand in hand as almost all essential oils have relaxing properties.

Aromatherapy candles are a good way to promote relaxation. When you burn one, it releases the essential oil that is in the candle into the air around you. When you breathe in these molecules, your olfactory receptor cells transmit impulses to your brain which make you feel good or relaxed. They work by activating the limbic system, which is connected to memory. Different emotions can be triggered by specific smells. Think about how the smell of wet earth in the first rains always makes you feel good—aromatherapy works in a similar way.

Another way to use these aromatic oils is to mix them in carrier oils, and then use them to massage the body. In this way, the oils are absorbed directly into the blood stream, and help in relaxation. A massage is much better than candles, because the act of receiving a massage is relaxing in itself.

There are many essential oils that have relaxing powers, but they also have other specific uses. For instance, chamomile, jasmine, and lavender are universally relaxing and sensual smells, and never fail to work. Bergamot can help reduce the symptoms of depression. Use Basil and marjoram to relax strained or aching muscles. Marjoram is also helpful in reducing hypertension and stress related problems. Another popular oil is Ylang Ylang, which reduces anxiety, hypertension, stress, and depression. Neroli also has similar qualities, and can also decrease the appearance of stretch marks.

Remember, though, that essential oils are very strong when concentrated, and cannot be directly applied to the skin. You need to mix them with a carrier oil, which can be any vegetable based oil. Ideally it should smell nice, and so mineral oils will not do. You need to use very small quantities of your essential oil, just one or two drops per teaspoon of the carrier.

Aromatherapy is very personal, and as you start exploring and using these oils, you’ll learn more about them, and find what suits you best. Once you begin enjoying it, there are many different products on the market which will help you relax better and stay stress free.

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