Aromatherapy is an ancient form of healing that involves healing not only the body, but the mind as well by stimulating the entire body, with the scents' coming from essential oils. Such oils are derived from different kinds of shrubs, plants, seeds and flowers from all over the globe. There are even aromatherapy practitioners that make use of these oils during massage sessions.
History of Aromatherapy
It is believed that this form of therapy originated in ancient Egypt during Cleopatra's reign. During those times, satisfaction and enjoyment were usually described through the olfactory sense or sense of smell. In fact, in ancient Egypt's form of writing called hieroglyphics, the nose is associated with pleasure. Egyptians often adorned their body with cone shape items that have the ability to melt and release different fragrances.
Other cultures later on, learned about Aromatherapy. For instance, during Hippocrates time in the Greek history, patients are cured with Aromatherapy massage. Moreover, the Roman physicist Dioscorides documented all the discoveries that he had made about the plants' healing benefits. All of these were put in a text called De Materia Medica which also contains illustrations of about hundreds of plants that have healing properties.
Late in the 17th century, the use of essential oils helped a great number of Bubonic Plague sufferers. This and everything mentioned serve as proof of the great benefits of Aromatherapy.
Nowadays, holistic community recognizes the natural healing benefits of Aromatherapy. The rise of alternative practices gives light to natural healthcare approaches. Mental and physical health practitioners realize the magnanimous benefits of this treatment and regard it as a very useful tool for healing.
How does this form of therapy really works? Basically, spotted molecules pass to the nose via tiny nerves. It goes to the limit system of the brain, which secretes hormones into the body's endocrine system. Such hormones are thereon secreted to the bloodstream which results in different effects on the body functions and mood. From there, the ANS or autonomous nervous system helps the spinal cord and the brain to conduct electrical impulses that travel to different body areas.
Some of the bodily functions that can be affected positively include perspiration, digestion, sexual response, heart rate, respiratory rate and others. It can produce the following benefits:
* Enhanced digestion
* Better sleep
* Decreased stress, depression and anxiety
* Improved sexual drive
* Reduced pain
* Enhanced mental clarity
* More calmness and others …
Aromatherapy can also be topical which involves putting on essential oils on the skin in conjunction with massage. Some of the common areas for topical Aromatherapy include the neck, elbows, wrists, forehead and others. In this method, oils see into the skin going to the bloodstream and to various body organs.