Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to heal, alleviate pain and regulate mood. Essential oils are a volatile, highly concentrated plant extracts, derived from leaves, bark, roots, seeds resins and flowers. Aromatherapy massage uses these essential oils, but they can also be used in hydrotherapy baths, facials and body treatment.
Essential oils can affect almost every organ system in the body. Each essential oil has a unique pharmacological effect, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing, and adrenal stimulating.
Benefits of Aromatherapy
- Can introduce a state of relaxation and rejuvenation
- Relaxes tight and tense muscles
- Aids natural quality sleep
- Encourages the interchange of tissue fluids
- Stimulates blood and lymph circulation
- Reduces tension
- Relieves pain, both specific and general
The therapeutic effects of essential oils vary. Some oils are stimulating, whilst others are relaxing. Many oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal such as Tea Tree and help to enhance the protective function of the skin. Certain oils can calm and soothe the skin and others such as Lavender help the skin cells to regenerate.