The practice of pure aromatherapy started centuries ago and was believed to be first used by the Chinese. They burn incense to diffuse the aroma in order to relax the mind and body. Over the years, many cultures have adapted this practice like the Egyptians and Indians. Apart from incense, they began using oil extracts from flowers and plants because of their medicinal effects on the body.
As popular form of alternative medicine, this has been widely practiced in different parts of the world nowdays. It works to stimulate and recharge the mind and body after dealing with a lot of stress. The use of various aromatherapy essential oils allows the treatment of different medical conditions and in the detoxification process of the body as well.
The oils are obtained from herbs and plants through the process of water and steam distillation. The oils are sold in tiny bottles and can be used in many ways. It can be applied on the body when mixed with carrier oils and be used for massages, used as inhalers, mixed in the bath soaps and perfumes, or infused in candles. The essential oils can also be burned in a vessel to diffuse the scent all through the room just like incense.
There are many types of aromatherapy essential oils. Absolutes, for instance, are essential oils that are extracted through the process of distillation of the plants and herbs but with the use of a chemical solvent which is later removed in the process. CO2 essential oils are obtained through the use of pressurized carbon dioxide. Hydrosols, on the other hand, are the aromatic water residues that were left from the distillation process.
There is a long list of therapeutic oils that are widely used today. Lavender, for instance, is used because of its fragrance and as an effective treatment for insomnia. When inhaled, it has the ability to relax and ease the mind. The eucalyptus can be used in addressing nasal congestion. The chamomile on the other hand is used because of its anti-inflammatory competence. The lemon oil which was extracted from the peel can be used as a natural antiseptic.
Although many remain skeptical about the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy essential oils, many still have been inclined to use it because of the evident benefits that it provides. They are enjoyable to use especially when you wish to relax and pamper yourself.