For improving health problems such as Stress and Anxiety, we must consider aromatherapy. In such treatments, plant extracts called essential oils are used either by breathing through the nose or by directly applying to the skin.
What are Essential oils?
Essential oil is the liquid chemical compound extracted from the plant, flowers, bark, roots, peel, and petals. The cells of the plant that gives it a fragrant smell are its “essence” and when this gets extracted from a plant, it becomes an essential oil.
Not all the products made with essence are essential oils. True essential oils are not blended with any other chemical, they are made using a special process that does not change the chemistry of the plant.
Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and chamomile are the few common essential oils used in aromatherapy.
How does Aromatherapy works?
Experts believe that aromatherapy activates the smell receptors in our nose and sends messages to the brain. On receiving the signal of smell, the brain activates areas responsible for managing our emotions such as the limbic system.
It is also believed that the hypothalamus of the brain, responsible for hormone management of our body also activates, and creates feel good hormone, serotonin.
Uses of Aromatherapy
For some health conditions, experts believe that aromatherapy creates wonders. It helps to ease down stress, anxiety, and depression thus helping in boosting the feeling of relaxation. Patients suffering from Insomnia are advised to undergo aromatherapy.
When applied to the skin, aromatherapy helps to fight off bacteria and eases pain also.
Aromatherapy is a treatment where essential oil extracted from various parts of the plants. It is used to treat health conditions such as stress and anxiety, thus providing relaxation to the mind and soul.