What is aromatherapy and when did it start to be used?
Essential oil therapy is a holistic treatment to promote health and wellness by using natural plant extracts (flowers, leaves, seeds, barks, and fruits) to promote health and wellness.
The use of oils distilled from natural plants, for both healing and spiritual purposes, dates back to ancient times. However, it was not until the 19th century when its medical benefits were established and until the 20th century when the potential of aromas was discovered and the term "aromatherapy" linked to the world of perfume in France was coined.
How do aromas act in our body?
Aromatherapy works through our sense of smell, through which we transport the smells we receive to the part of our limbic brain, which is the part of our brain that is connected to emotions, stress, hormonal balance or blood pressure among others.
Properties and uses
Each plant has its own properties, so depending on the effect we want to achieve, we will use a product with a natural extract or another:
- For a relaxing [012752 012753] effect, use oils and products that contain extracts of lavender, CBD, jasmine, geranium, and citrus fruits such as tangerine or orange.
- For a revitalizing effect your best allies will be cinnamon, figs, grapefruit, rosemary, thyme or cypress.
- For a restorative effect you can use patchouli, blood orange, or ylang ylang.
How can we incorporate aromatherapy into our routine?
We can perform aromatherapy treatments at home or in specialized spa salons and in different ways, through smell or skin absorption. The diffusion of aromas, massages, salt baths or the application of oils are just a few examples of them.
These treatments can be done alone or combined with each other to obtain a greater result of relaxation and well-being in our body.
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