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Aromatherapy - What is Aromatherapy

Alternate holistic therapy has been used since ancient times all over the world. Aromatherapy is among the best natural, holistic healing therapies that has gained in popularity especially in recent times. It is said that everything that we need to heal is provided by Mother Nature and Mother Earth and their contribution is evident in Aromatherapy too. The Aromatherapy oils are volatile fragrant compounds in concentrated form extracted from stems, flowers, bark, leaves of Plants, Trees and Herbs which are called Essential oils. Each aromatherapy oil has its unique essence or aroma which is exactly the natural and original scent or fragrance of the Plant, Flower, Herbs from which it has been extracted from and which posses healing properties that act on our body, mind and emotions.

The Essential Oils are made by the Distillation process, which gives the most pure form of Oils from Plants, Herbs and Trees. The Aroma Oils or Essential Oils are used in Diffusers as Diffuser oils. A few drops are mixed with water and put in the Diffuser, the Aroma or Scent of the oil spreads in the space, fills up the senses of inmates or the user and fuse with the Blood easily. Aroma Therapists suggest their clients the Essential oil that will be most suitable to heal their physical, mental or emotional problems and generally the inhalation or smelling process, by using Diffuser or Humidifier is the most common method used in Aromatherapy. In this way the Aroma mixes with the Blood fast.

The other methods used in Aromatherapy are using Essential Oils in bath Water, bath Salts, inhaling through Steam inhaler and also through methods by which it will get absorbed in Skin easily, as the Oils are in concentrated form, for diluting, they are mixed with a Carrier Oils, like, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jajoba Oil etc. Using Essential Oils directly on the skin may cause allergies, so a patch test should be first conducted. It should be noted that the application of Essential Oils for Aromatherapy, if advised to use on skin, should be mixed with a Carrier Oil.

How Aromatherapy Works - When we smell the fragrance of Flowers, it makes us feel happy, stirs our emotion, when we apply a perfume of our preference, it lifts our mood besides making us smell good. Aromatherapy solely works on the healing effects that the fragrance of the potent plants, herbs and flower oils have. The concentrated Aroma oils emit molecules which stirs our Olfactory nerves, from where the signals are sent to the Brain, which release hormones and chemicals which have therapeutic effect on different parts and organs of our body, including our emotions. Application of Aromatherapy Oils is another method by which Aromatherapy is used, which should be followed as per guidance from a Aroma therapist.

Significance and History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been used by ancient Egyptians in various mediums like perfumes, incense etc and they are credited with inventing the method of distillation for making Essential oils from Cinnamon, Cedar wood and other natural herbs. They also used natural Aromatic Essential Oils for embalming the Mummies, for the purpose of preservation. But even before that, some evidences in Cave paintings show that Aromatherapy might have existed from as way back as 20,000 years ago. Its noteworthy that Hippocrates, known as the 'Father of Medicine' was aware of the power of Aromatherapy and its therapeutic value. Ancient Greeks and Romans were fans of Aromatic baths and massages, though the terminology was not used then.

However the term Aromatherapy was coined by a French Chemical Engineer named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse(approximately around 1935), who after accidentally burning his hand claimed that he had healed it with Lavender Essential Oil. The study of Essential Oils and their healing properties have been a subject of studies even in the 1900s, in France which was a prime perfume making centre, using distillation method. The ancient Chinese too used Aromatic Oils for the purpose of soothing nerves while taking massage. In fact, the Chinese Emperor, called Yellow Emperor, had recorded his research of about 300 plants and herbs and their properties for therapeutic use, which is still referred to in modern times. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan were other places where Aromatherapy had been practiced in Till date the study of Essential Oils and their healing effects and properties for Aromatherapy continues.

Aromatherapy is significant as a natural alternative therapy. In today's World, Aromatherapy is one of the preferred gentle way of healing, without the use of chemicals, it is safe. Aromatherapy is extensively used to calm down nerves, gives relief from stress, improves sleep, clears skin irritation, allergies, works well for pain relief and is said to be good for healing chronic illnesses. The Essential Oils used in Aromatherapy have innumerable properties as they are purely natural. Though Essential Oils used in Aromatherapy are also manufactured artificially, however, the Oils which are natural are the ones which provide healing. It is only desirable to buy pure natural Essential Oils for Aromatherapy.

Rudra Centre has an extensive collection of Essential Oils or Diffuser Oils which are 100% pure and natural, available at the best Essential Oil price.

Aromatherapy Oils and Products

Aromatherapy Oils or Essential Oils are available in concentrated form and are popularly used as Diffuser Oils. The other products of Aromatherapy Oils are used in Creams, medical Ointments, Soaps, Bath Oils, Bath Salts and other cosmetic products. These Oils are never used to apply on skin directly as it may give allergic reactions. So they are mixed with a Carrier Oil in case they are used for application on skin. Care should be taken of how much Oil is to be mixed, as per the age and reason for use of the Oil for which consulting a Aroma therapist is recommended.

Aromatherapy and Chakra Balancing

Aromatherapy is widely used by therapists for Chakra Balancing and healing. These Essential Oils are used as Diffuser oils. The Chakra balancing Essential oils used are a rich blend of Plant, Herb and Flower Oils. There are Essential Oils which are associated with the 7 different Chakras(Energy Centres) of the body. The various Aroma Oils available have effect on a particular Chakras of the body. When the Diffuser Oils are used for Chakra Balancing it helps to remove blocks in a Chakras. Corresponding Oil of particular Chakras are used and through sessions of Aromatherapy it can balance, heal, align the Chakras, letting the energies or Prana flow easily, thereby healing diseases, ailments. When used in Diffuser, it leaves a lingering fragrance in the atmosphere which acts on the Chakras of the body.

Aromafume Muladhara Diffuser Oil (Meant for the Root /Base Chakra), Aromafume Swadhishtana Diffuser Oil - ( For Sacral Chakra), Aromafume Ajna Diffuser Oil(Third Eye Chakra) are some of the examples of Chakra healing Aromatherapy oils.

Aromatherapy for Various Diseases and Ailments

Diseases and Ailments are said to heal gradually with Aromatherapy as Essential Oils are rich sources of antioxidants and have antimicrobial properties. Consulting an expert of Aromatherapy is important in healing the cause, with exact doses etc.

Some Essential Oils used in Aromatherapy for healing diseases and ailments:-

  • Tea Tree Oil - Used for clearing the air passage which helps in breathing easily, heals Sinus. It also has proved effective in healing Acne, skin rashes/allergies, soothes burns and helps in infection healing.
  • Lavender Oil - Endowed with many therapeutic properties, Lavender Oil is popularly used for treating High Blood Pressure, headaches, Migraine, Dementia and provides relief in Insomnia.
  • Peppermint Oil - Soothes muscular pain, helps to overcome nausea and often advised by Aromatherapists for patients who are going through Cancer Treatments.
  • Eucalyptus Oil - Works very well to relieve pain in muscles and clears the nasal passage and is widely used to relieve oneself from nose congestion.
  • Clary Sage Oil - This oil helps to correct Hormonal Imbalance.
  • Garlic Oil - Potent as an antiseptic, treats Bronchitis, cold and Flu symptoms.
  • Chamomile Oil - Helps to get relief from arthritis and muscle pain.
  • Gaultheria Oil - Is well known as a pain reliever and can be used for application by mixing it in a Carrier oil.

There are many highly beneficial Aromatherapy Oils which has the capability to heal diseases.

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Aromatherapy Best Essential Oils for Stress relief

Aromatherapy uses numerous Essential Oils for therapeutic use, among which some oils are most popular all over the Globe as they are used for stress relief. The contribution of Aromatherapy in stress relief has become very popular over the years. Most of the Essential Oils have calming effect on the mind and emotions and can be used as Diffuser oil, can be applied during massage, or as per direction of the therapist and they can be used as a bath oil too. Some of the best Essential Oils for Stress relief are;-

1) Lavender Oil - One of the highly popular oils, research shows that Lavender Oil acts on the part of Brain which is connected to the emotions. It relieves stress and tension and is a favourite of Aroma Therapists.
2) Chamomile Oil - Along with the other therapeutic healing properties it has, the Chamomile Oil is a stress reliever.
3) Jasmine Oil - The fragrance of Jasmine is liked by many. Along with making the atmosphere beautiful aromatically, it has a calming effect on the nerves, but does not mae you feel dowzy.
4) Rose Oil - An easily available Oil, the pure Rose Essential oil helps to relieve stress and adds to the atmosphere of the place.
5) Lemon Oil and Bergamot Oil - These Citrus Oils elevates the mood by eliminating stress.
6) Lemon Grass Oil - It is often used to flavour tea and acts as stress reliever as an Aroma therapy oil.
7) Frankincense Oil - A stress buster it has been used as a massage oil and also used as a Diffuser oil.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

The holistic, 100% natural, toxin free, safe complimentary Aromatherapy has over the years benefited mankind in various ways. When used regularly after consulting a proper Aroma therapist, the positive outcome of this therapy is admirable :-

  • It helps to balance Chakras or energy centres of the body which is the root cause of diseases and ailments. When the Prana flows freely through the Chakras the body, mind and emotions are balanced.
  • Aromatherapy extensively helps in stress relief. The psychological effect is very positive of Essential oils used in Aromatherapy.
  • Pain of muscles, joints or other parts of body can be healed though Aromatherapy.
  • It gives relief in breathing problems by clearing the air passage.
  • Aromatherapy Oil massage is popular as it eases the muscles of the body giving relief and improves blood circulation.
  • Skin Rashes, allergies, itching are soothed by Aromatherapy.
  • The antioxidant properties of Aromatherapy Essential Oils are great at detoxifying the body.
  • Aromatherapy is said to heal a host of ailments and diseases like high blood pressure, sore throat, headaches, inflammation and other such ailments.
  • Hormonal imbalance is treated with Aromatherapy very effectively.
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