Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, is an approach to good health thorough nature’s produce. Yes, it is not natural products but nature’s produce. Aromatherapy is not new to us. Our ancestors, in all parts of the world have been using aromatherapy in some form or the other. Right from the age of the caves to the age of the stones. And even now. We do not realise it as aromatherapy yet our herbal home remedies and concoctions are based on it.
Aromatherapy mostly deals with plant extracts and compounds in therapy, aimed at relieving stress or pain. It is considered an alternative medicine or pseudo-medicine. Some also believe that, the fragrance or the olfactory or smell-induced therapy creates a sensory-perceptual illusion giving short-term relief. On the contrary there are others who believe and actively use aromatherapy for its natural components. The natural produce used should be sourced from authentic sources that can provide pure extracts for best results.
What is it?
The primary components of aromatherapy include a host of essential oils. These are plant extracts either from seeds or even the leaves and petals. These essential oils are said to have great benefits for our health. Essential oils are used in inhalation diffusions or as topical applications. This therapy is mainly pursued for its soothing effect during stressful times, ability to relieve anxiety and for skin and hair care.
How is it used?
Aromatherapy is used by many as stress-relievers. The soothing effect is obtained through use of either one essential oil or a combination of various oils. The skin care industry is taken over by the benefits of these oils that, there are many variants with essential oils, being offered in the entire spectrum of skin care products. The following ways highlight the common usage preferences:
The main usage of essential oils is external administration, through topical applications or inhalations. An oral intake of essential oils is not recommended due to the strong nature of these oils. There also no proven records to affirm the benefits of intake of these oils. Aromatherapy provides benefits mostly, only through the olfactory sense of smelling. This alternative form of medicine started with Asian and European civilisations of India, China and other Southeast Asian countries and the roman diaspora of Europe. Now it is prevalent all over the world, leading to boom in the production of these natural oils and plant-based compounds. In India, the manufacture of natural soaps and incenses has created opportunities for small scale industries, paving way for more employment opportunities as well.