Using essential oils for various health purposes has a long and varied history. Aromatherapy oils are said to help one to remain healthy and lift their spirits. The working of aromatherapy is on two different levels, inhalation and topical application. Below is a guide to help you understand how aromatherapy works.
Aromatherapy works to capitalize on our sense of smell, which is the most primitive of all our senses. Therefore, aromatherapy oils trigger physical and emotional responses within some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain. The aromatic molecules found in essential oils connect with specialized nerve cells which are part of the olfactory system when inhaled. The olfactory cells are linked to tiny hairs in the annals which recognize and respond to specific aromas. Following this, nerve impulses move from the olfactory cells to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain responsible for controlling instincts and emotions, hormone balance, breathing, blood pressure, stress, and memory. Therefore, breathing in aromatherapy oils has a subtle but holistic effect on the brain and the body in general. Depending on the essential oils that one uses, distinct aromas can change one’s mood, provide relaxation or stimulation, and even helping with anxiety and depression.
Topical application can also give you the benefits of aromatherapy oils whereby they are massaged into the skin to increase absorption. Essential oils provide various benefits for the skin. Most of the benefits are antibacterial, while others are anti-inflammatory, antifungal, or antiviral. The molecules in the oils are also small enough to penetrate the top layer of the skin to reach the deeper layer of the skin. After this, the molecules then pass into blood vessels, and they are circulated in the body. The essential oils can reach parts of the body with good blood vessel networks such as kidneys, liver, and some groups of muscles. In this places, the antioxidant properties of essential oils help to prevent cell damage and promote cell renewal.
It is required that you use essential oils properly according to the different methods for you to harness their power. In most cases, inhalation is the best method to use the essential oils, except when you want to use the essential oils for the skin or as part of massage therapy. You can inhale aromatherapy oils through different methods, and some of them are by using a personal inhaler, an aroma diffuser, and even steam inhalation. You can also do away with issues on the skin such as eczema and acne when you use topical application of aromatherapy oils.
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