The constant search for alternatives capable of bringing more Cheers and welfare it is a reflection not only of this time that we live, but also of many, many years ago. THE aromatherapy it can be a great example of this, although today it has been increasingly studied and used by people. But, what is it really? Does it really work or is it just one more Alternative therapies that are high and trendy? We seek information to understand aromatherapy and make good use of it.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
AN aromatherapy, as its name says, is related to the therapeutic use of aromas. These scents are generally natural extractions from plants for the use of essencial oils. These have the potential to act on the body to assist in the treatment of diseases, both of the mind and the body.
Plants have the capacity to produce aromas and these substances are used for essential oils. A single drop can be equivalent to 24 cups of tea from a plant, for example. When used, they can help to combat anxiety, stress, skin treatments, antibacterial properties and even stimulation for some feelings. There are also vegetable oils or the use of aromas for incense, but these are more related to herbal medicine.
HOW DID IT ARISE?
Sanskrit books from Ayurveda they already brought natural products and plants to help treat diseases. Very ancient civilizations in Egypt, China, India and other countries in the East use oils and aromas in various healing practices and rituals. However, only later, around 1920, aromatherapy was named in this way by the French chemist Maurice René de Gatefossé.
Today the topic is still very much researched and there is no consensus in the scientific community about the real effectiveness of all essential oils. There are many publications that prove the effects of many oils, such as that of the “tea tree” or “tea tree” and many other aromas. That is why it is important to understand that, despite the proven effects in many people, aromatherapy is considered a alternative and complementary medicine, which should not replace the treatment of diseases, only auxiliary.
HOW DO OILS ACT ON OUR BODY?
Essential oils are chemical substances extracted from plants, very concentrated and complex. Are volatile liquids, that is, they evaporate very quickly. Flavors can have an effect when inhaled in room air fresheners, for example. Or in contact with the skin membrane, when absorbed by the body. Remembering that must be dissolved in other oils, because they are very concentrated.
In this way, essential oils act both on the mind, triggering memories and producing therapeutic effects through smell, as well as in the body itself, by its bactericidal properties, antifungal and antiviral.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
You can apply in several ways, remembering that consultation with a specialist is always recommended. However, it can be used in ambient scents, in an aromatic paste, inhalations, massage, bath or foot bath.
The amount and which oil to use is variable according to the need. So it is important to always research before using each oil (there is a wonderful app for that, click here for Android and here for IOS). In general, we use 12 drops for flavorings, 3 drops for necklaces and 60 drops for each 120ml of vegetable oil for massage (can be nuts, almonds and others).
SOME MAIN OILS
There are MANY oils, really! The functions, applications and effects are different for each one. Not to mention that each of us can adapt to one of the scents, after all, that they can refer us to very personal stories and thoughts. Of course, there are some that are more commercialized and fall into the “most versatile” category. To help you, we separate three to start:
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
This is one of the most suitable of all, after all, it is safe for babies too. It works very well in nervous system, helping in the treatment of anxiety, tension and insomnia, in addition to relaxing the muscles, having anti inflammatory action and against muscle pain.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
It is one of the most talked about when looking for scientific evidence of aromatherapy. Assists with acne, oily skin, insect bites etc. In general, it helps the body to respond better against others microorganisms, including help in fighting flu, colds and other infections.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
The aroma of the concentration, since the “cooler” smell wakes up, invigorates and stimulates focus and contraction. It’s also great for those with rhinitis, sinusitis and other breathing problems.
CARE WITH AROMATHERAPY
Some care should be taken, the first of which is (1) understand that aromatherapy can only help with treatments, should not be considered a single source of cure, especially in serious diseases such as cancer or depression; It is also important 2) be aware of possible allergies or emotional reactions for the use of essential oils-0 take care, pay attention and suspend the use if necessary; and (3) always research before using any essential oil or ask a specialist, ok?
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