Who doesn't smell a loaf of homemade bread baking, or fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and not close their eyes and remember simpler, happier days? Smell is a very strong sense which can evoke many different types of emotions. Aromatherapy is the use of specific essential oils to help rebalance, harmonize and promote spiritual health and a feeling of well being.
While lavender helps one to relax, and can be used in conjunction with meditation, mint and rosemary are stimulating and uplifting and are great pick-me-ups used in a morning shower. Oils such as lemon and tree tea are used to help healing of wounds and infections. These oils can be mixed in a base cream.
Baths with essential oils are very popular. Chamomile and peppermint can be used to sooth tired and aching muscles and make a wonderful soaking bath. If, with research you find you want to blend your own essential oils for bathing, they can be diluted in a base of powdered milk, sea salts, or milk.
Inhaling is another way to use aromatherapy and is most beneficial to aid some respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, hay fever or sinusitis. Inhalation can be done in a variety of ways, through steam or by use of an electric diffuser, which are easily available in many stores. Don't forget aromatherapy candles!
It seems that manufacturers have caught on to the popularity of aromatherapy and they are now incorporating aromatherapy into their products, including it in things such as cosmetics and hair care products.
Aromatherapy is used in the US by some medical practitioners such as massage therapists, and naturopaths. Aromatherapy is widely accepted in France and Britain and is even taught in medical schools there.
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