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Posted on: December 8, 2017

Improving Your Health With Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of natural essential oils derived from flowers, leaves, bark, stems, roots or other parts that expel a scent to enhance physical or psychological well-being. Inhaling the aromas of the oils is widely thought to stimulate a variety of brain functions that contribute to health and wellness. This technique is also used in massage therapy, a popular tool you might find at a day spa, as they are absorbed in the skin and travel through the bloodstream and can promote health and wellness. 

There are many different essential oils you can use that each provides unique effects. Using multiple oils in various combinations are known to have a synergistic effect. There are a few that are known to relieve stress and serve as relaxants. These are lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, and vetiver, which are all thought to improve mood and decrease outbursts of anger. Aromatherapy has shown efficacy as a supplement to treatment for memory symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, with sage oil being the most popular as a memory aid. 

Most people are always wanting to find ways to increase their energy levels without drinking too much caffeine. There are essential oils that are thought to increase energy and cognition, including black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, and sage. Massage therapy is an act of health and wellness and when using aromatherapy this speeds up healing due to increased oxygen and blood flow. Many of these oils host anti-microbial effects; including lavender, calendula, rosehip; and can be effective in relieving psoriasis and eczema.

Other benefits are that they can act as an antidepressant, they strengthen the immune system, relieve pain, regulate sleep, improve digestion, and can ease constipation and indigestion. Professionals found a day spa may be able to advise you on what oils could best suit your wellness needs.

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