When talking about the benefits of aromatherapy we have to mention both the physical and psychological effects of this old yet actual science. Through the essential oils used for topical application or inhalation, this natural technique is a great alternative to medical treatments used in relieving different symptoms and improving various ailments.
For better results, aromatherapy may be used together with melotherapy (therapy through music) and light therapy. These two additional techniques help the body relax even faster, as they use relaxing music and colored light for eliminating stress and ameliorating physical problems.
Psychical benefits of essential oils
Perhaps the most known of all the benefits of aromatherapy is the ability to relieve stress. By stimulating both the smell and touch, these natural oils are able to reduce stress levels and improve the mood, to relax the muscles and reduce aches and pains. Through their relaxing effect, these oils combat insomnia, improve sleep and reduce the incidence of stress related problems, such as depression, negative thinking or low self-esteem levels.
Essential oils are great stimulants as they boost up energy levels and keep apathy away. They're successfully used in patients with anxiety and other similar problems, being efficient in reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic disorders as well. By stimulating the production of endorphins, these substitutes equilibrate the mind and promote mental health and well-being.
Physical effects of aromatherapy
Oils used in aromatherapy stimulate the activity of the nervous system, improving concentration and memory. Also, they strengthen the immunity and fight against inflammations and infections through their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy improves the functionality of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, keeping away circulatory problems such as hyper or hypotension, thrombosis, blood clotting problems and respectably bronchitis, sinusitis, cough, sore throat and many other similar conditions. The lymphatic drainage is also stimulated by these oils therefore we can say they're great adjuvants in anti-cellulite treatments.
By stimulating circuits, these products prevent hair loss and dandruff, balance sebum and also reduce skin problems such as cold sores, burns and cuts; they improve the skin tone and speed up the wounds healing processes.
Aromatherapy benefits also refer to the digestive and excretory systems, as these substances prevent stomach irritations and ulcerations, normalize bowel movements and keep digestive problems such as constipation or nausea away. Also, they reduce the incidence of urinary infections and stimulate the activity of the kidneys, improving toxins elimination.
Other physical benefits of aromatherapy include the ability of regulating hormonal levels and reducing menstrual symptoms, such as pain and cramps. Also, the oils used in this science are capable to eliminate menopausal distress and reduce the risks of developing postpartum depression in new moms.