Aromatherapy or essential-oil therapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. While the researchers believe that the effects of aromatherapy is limited, the treatment is gradually gaining more recognition.
Even on an empirical level, your sense of smell enables you to experience your surroundings in a powerful way. Essential oils, used to stimulate the sense of smell through aromatherapy, can also be mixed with carrier oils and used directly on the skin or hair.
The term “aromatherapy” was first used by a French perfumer and chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937, but humans have used this technique for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in substances used for medical and religious purposes.
Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might relieve anxiety and depression, help cope with chronic health conditions and improve sleep. Aromatherapy with lavender oil may help reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, improve quality of life for people with dementia and reduce pain for people with kidney stones.
Aromatherapy to treat cancer patients
Aromatherapy is known for its capacity to relieve anxiety and stress. It can also be effective to help with pains, muscular tension and fatigue. Some scientists claim it benefits cancer patients. The researchers didn’t find long-lasting effects of aromatherapy massage, while short term improvements were reported for general well being, anxiety and depression up to 8 weeks after treatment.
In some people oils can provoke allergic reactions, skin irritation or increase sun sensitivity. Scientists call for further research to determine how essential oils might affect children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as how the oils interact with medications and other treatments. It is advisable to consult a specialist to find the best aromatherapy treatment for you.
Best essential oils
Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from plants and then distilled. Each essential oil is believed to have an array of unique healing properties. The highly concentrated oils are either inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. Some essential oil manufacturers have oils that can be taken internally, but according to Mayo Clinic, research on the safety and efficacy of this method is limited.
Here are some of the essential oils, widely used in aromatherapy. Each of them has their own benefit.
Peppermint oil has a nice scent and has health benefits for athletic performance and can improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.
Try using The Essential Oil of Mint by Mirolla in a bath. Add 4-7 drops to a bath at a water temperature 37-40C (98.6-104F). For better dissolution, mix the oil with 2-4 tablespoons of emulsifier like salt, honey or milk. Enjoy your bath!
Lavender oil is soothing and relaxing. It is often used to relieve stress. Some therapists also use it for massage.
For a perfect experience, use The Lavender Essential Oil Mirrolla in a sauna. Add 3-6 drops of essential oil to a bucket of water and sprinkle wooden surfaces. It is not recommended to pour the mixture directly on hot stones.
Tea tree oil is thought to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used to heal skin blemishes and wounds. Tea tree oil can be added to shampoos or used for minor fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot.
Try The Essential Oil Tea Tree Mirrolla in a cream. Add 2 drops of the essential oil per 15 g of your cosmetic oil, cream, lotion, tonic, mask, shower gel, shampoo or balm.
Ylang ylang oil has a light, floral scent and is used in aromatherapy to reduce tension and stress. It can also help from insomnia.
Essential Oil of Ylang Ylang Mirrolla is perfect for a massage. Mix 2-3 drops of the essential oil with 1-2 tablespoons of Mirrolla cosmetic or massage oil.
Eucalyptus oil has a refreshing and distinctive scent and can help eliminate mildew odors. Eucalyptus is also used to treat coughs and relieve nasal congestion.
Try Eucalyptus Oil by Mirrolla. Fill the aroma lamp with hot water and add 3-6 drops of the essential oil per 15 m² of area.
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