Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils in a diffuser which fills the air in your surroundings with soothing or energizing smells and it can make you feel better. What is aromatherapy? It’s the use of essential oils in a diffuser which will heat up the oil and water and send out a light mist of oil and water.
Simply put it’s the use of the highly concentrated molecules distilled from the leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers of various plants to warm the spirit, treat various symptoms
and one of the best ways to eliminate stuffy odors indoors during the cold months.
It’s nothing new. Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and whether we are conscious of it or not, smells trigger reactions in us. Think about this. How many times during the holidays do we go into stores, homes, and businesses and smell pine or cinnamon? We already feel in the holiday spirit as those diffusing oils produce specific effects.
But what if you have no idea what oils to use? Then just think of your specific need. Are you needing more energy or your mood to be uplifted? If you’ve ever cut into a fresh orange and suddenly felt a bit more energetic then using citrus oils would help you feel more energetic and uplifted.
Perhaps you need more relaxation in your day then think of when you’ve breathed in the scent of lavender from your soap or lotion and felt a sense of calm – you already know the effects of aromatherapy.
Older adults who struggle with pain and stiffness from arthritis may find some relief by way of rosemary and lavender, both anti-inflammatory essential oils. If you add in the essential oil of lemon it can relieve some problems associated with poor blood circulation.
Those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can benefit from the use of rosemary, peppermint and basil which serves as mental stimulants to improve concentration and alleviate cognitive strain.
No matter how you incorporate it you can bring it into your routine during massage, while bathing, in compresses, as part of a hair and skin care regimen, as steam inhalations and in the form of vaporization. And it’s easy – when we enjoy a pleasant aroma, we breathe deeper and slower without consciously realizing it.
There are hospitals now which diffuse lemon and orange oils to give the hospital a fresh, clean scent. This helps not only the patients, but the hospitals hard working staff.
It might be something new to try for the new year.