Many people have benefited from aromatherapy, but there are still those who are skeptical of its benefits. Rather than making a hasty judgment, it pays for you to learn more about this holistic relaxation technique.
Simply put, aromatherapy involves the application of essential oils during a massage session. It is said to improve one’s overall health by balancing and harmonizing your mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about the benefits offered by this technique, therefore, let’s take a look at how it affects the mind, the body, and the spirit.
Aromatherapy and Your Mind
As you breathe in the scent of the essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots, the part of your brain that affects your emotions is stimulated. The chemicals serotonin and endorphins are released. Serotonin is known to reduce anxiety, while endorphins reduce pain. The aromatic essence of the oils therefore helps promote a positive feeling and allows you to achieve emotional balance.
Aromatherapy and Your Body
As the oils are rubbed onto your body during a massage, they are quickly absorbed through your skin. They will then enter your hair follicles and travel to your cells where they mingle with the natural emollients of your skin. Since these oils are known to have deodorizing, cleansing, balancing, and toning chemical properties, they therefore help promote the health and well-being of your skin. Being the largest organ of your body, it is your skin that constantly suffers from the effects of environmental pollutants. And the fact that your skin generally reflects the overall state of your body’s well-being, it becomes even more important for you to care properly for your skin.
Aromatherapy and Your Spirit
Essential oils like frankincense have been used for centuries as part of meditation practices and prayer sessions. As the aromas penetrate your lungs, they inspire slow and regular breathing. This is ultimately expected to lead you to a deeply peaceful level of consciousness, which is the goal of practically all spiritual journeys.
Considering the above, these are the specific benefits you can expect to get from regular aromatherapy sessions:
- an enhanced mood and generally positive feeling
- improved lymphatic and blood circulation
- balanced hormone production
- strengthened immune system
- improved digestion
- reduced pain
- more restful sleep
- reduced stress
You can avail of these benefits by regularly getting a massage from a professional. You can also use aromatic oils on your own by breathing them in directly (heating in an oil burner or apply a few drops to your handkerchief) or soaking in an aromatic bath.
There may not be an overwhelming evidence of aromatherapy being able to treat or prevent any illness, but there are a number of clinical studies that prove it to be effective as a complimentary method of therapy. There is also strong anecdotal evidence of the health benefits that it offers emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Besides, even if you don’t really believe it can improve your health, don’t you just love the feeling of getting a massage while inhaling those wonderful scents or lounging in a fragrant bath?