Saturday, January 20, 2018

Aromatherapy – Stress Management at its Best!

Aromatherapy – Stress Management at its Best!

Aromatherapy – What is it and can it help what ails you? 

History of the Practice

 Aromatherapy means exactly what you might think. It’s is getting the therapeutic benefit from the aroma of several types of essential oils, herbs, flowers and other types of plants. It is a well known process and used widely around the world to help people overcome a number of ailments they may encounter in their daily lives.


First off, let’s learn a little about aromatherapy and its roots in civilization. It’s not too far fetched to realize the need for such a therapy in days of old since modern medicinal techniques were centuries away from being invented.

The term “aromatherapy” may not be that old but the practice of using the special oils and products goes back centuries when first invented by the Chinese. History shows us that they used this process after finding out about the natural ability of these essential oils, herbs, plants etc., to heal ailments of the body.

 This feature became an offshoot practice of burning incense which they felt created a singular atmosphere of a harmonious relationship between the world and a relaxed body. Although crudely accomplished at the time, as the years passed, archeology has shown that the Egyptians were the one who advanced the art of aromatherapy.

 Unearthed tombs and information from the tombs shows they developed and refined the art of distilling the essential oils from the plant, herbs, flowers etc., allowing them to achieve further benefits of the purest oils possible.

 With the advent of these processes they continue to develop uses for these scents and herbs. They were even included in the tombs of the most elite because of the value people placed on their healing effects. The oils became medicinal for many purposes and later were used in cosmetics as well.

Other societies such as the Greeks used these essential oils for medicines as well, and thought so highly of them they would cook and preserve foods with them. We know many people around the world also came to use them in their highest religious services.

 Oils and incense were so highly regarded, that to this day they are used during the holiest of religious ceremonies from anointing people, to burning incense during a funeral rite. The information found over the centuries only fortifies aromatherapy’s place in history.

 Today, people understand the benefits of aromatherapy for health and wellness reasons more than ever. For years these were specialty products found in very few places outside of a health and beauty store. Now they are found everywhere with people gaining more knowledge and uses for the products on a daily basis.

 Types of Aromatherapy 

1. The most common and well know therapy today is to use scented candles. Scented candles are manufactured with the pure essentials oils necessary to generate the benefits we are talking about. The most ardent people concerned about the “purest” effect possible should only buy the candles made from bees wax or soy wax. Although costing more money they burn much slower and don’t contain paraffin which is said to reduce the effects of the oils.

2. The second most common form of aromatherapy is aromatic massage therapy. Slightly warmed essentials oils are used to massage and relax the body. Put on some soothing music and inhale the wonderful fragrance. This gets absorbed into your sensory systems and ultimately will affect heart rate, reduce your stress level and blood pressure. You feel better and the actual massaging of the oils into your skin is a lot more effective. Injuries caused by sports, which are generally serious, can be treated this way. Aromatherapy not only treats the physical part of the injury but the mental part as well.

 Essential Oils 

Aromatherapy is a form of herbal medication using essential oils in the process. Essential oils are the “natural” byproducts of the distillation. Steam is used to infuse the products, flowers, herbs, plants and trees so that the oils may be extracted from them. The oils are then used to invigorate, relax, calm and revitalize those that use them.

 Aromatherapy has been used to be useful in treating a wide range of ailments. Many have found by using these products they can reduce or eliminate aches and pains. They find them useful in treating injuries. Serious diseases have also been treated with these therapies eliminating a lot of the normal debilitating and uncomfortable side effects found with normal courses of treatment.

 The power of a single scent can trigger many physical and emotional responses. The need to do so is so overwhelmingly apparent in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients. A whiff of an essential oil or any scent for that matter can set the mind into motion.

Using aromatherapy on these patients can bring back thoughts, memories of people, places and situations that have been long forgotten by the individual. These aromas trigger the receptor cells. They send messages throughout all areas of the brain which in turn activate their thoughts and long lost memories. During this process the pituitary will also receive simulation and cause other messages to travel thru the body via the blood system. This causes glands and organs throughout the body to produce physical responses to the stimulus that normally doesn’t happen because of the disease.

The oils are very complex in nature but because of this a single concentrated drop can create quite a response and produce significant results. It is also a quick process being absorbed thru the skin, nose or even through foods that we eat.

 As a natural treatment oils are a much safer alternative than many other therapeutic methods. There are hundred of different oils each providing their own healing properties. It is a great outlet at this time of the year to get thru all that Holiday Stress. A book to help you decide on the right oils for you would be the most appropriate way to learn about them all, but here are some of the latest items of interest to help get started:

 1. Peppermint has an uplifting effect on the body.

2. Rose and Sandalwood are for relaxation.

3. Alzheimer’s residents respond to uplifting oils in the morning. They tend not to eat and this helps to stimulate their appetites. They also pump up their energy levels when you diffuse them in the rooms they normally stay in during the day. There is also “sundowning” that occurs in the afternoon with a lot of patients that experience dementia. Using these oils can help this situation as well. They tend to reduce anxiety and using these oils is better than using some of the drugs normally used to treat this symptom. For example certain blends like Orange and Blue Tansy have quite a calming effect on the patient..

4. A little spray of lavender on a pillowcase can help a patient that might normally wander during the night. Sometimes if you diffuse this oil in the room it can help reduce cases of insomnia.

5. There is also a blend called “Thieves”. In the 1400’s during the bubonic plague, 4 men were captured and arrested for stealing from the hordes of people that had died or were dying from the disease. In a plea for leniency the magistrate agreed to be lenient if they would tell him how they did not get sick doing so. After explaining that they were perfumers and spice traders they told of a blend that they had made to protect themselves. This blend consisting of Cloves, Rosemary, Lemon and Cinnamon was tested at Weber State University and found to be 99.96 percent effective against airborne bacteria. These oils can be very effective during the cold and flu season if diffused in a patients room.

 The final item in deciding about your aromatherapy needs is the type of instrument you might use to help get the most benefits from the oils and what you are looking to focus on. Aromatherapy can be performed using some or all of the following items:

 Diffusers, aromalamps, tea candles, clay hangings, diffusers for cars, electric oil diffusers, aromastones, aromatherapy jewelry, lightbulb scent diffuser rings, bottle and reed, aromatherapy scented candles, aromatherapy scented wipes, lotions, aromatherapy kits of oils, aromatic eye packs, aromatic therapeutic footwear, lumbar packs, neck support pillow and others.

 Thanks for reading!

Joe is an on-line author and internet affiliate marketer. As an individual that’s been involved with sports for years including martial arts (2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), lacrosse, baseball, football, coaching and being a referee health and wellness are an important part of his life.

He has also spent years raising cats, dogs and birds. As an engineer he spends a great deal of time working on his house, designing and fixing things and developing his new business platforms.

With his experience he has written articles to share the information and experiences developed over the years.

Using aromatherapy to reduce stress is easy with these tips. Get advice on reducing and managing stress in this stress management video.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Related Reading:

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • BlinkList
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Mixx
  • MySpace
  • NewsVine
  • Propeller
  • Sphinn
  • Squidoo
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Add to favorites
  • Blogosphere News
  • connotea
  • Diigo
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Slashdot
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter

Related posts:

  1. Aromatherapy for Stress Management
  2. God in our Stress: The Christian’s Guide to Stress Management
  3. A proven natural anti stress and acne management techniques
  4. 5 Stress Tips Using Aromatherapy
  5. Aromatherapy Fragrances the Stress Remover

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!