Aromatherapy and essential oils are gaining popularity around the world. According to the New Yorker, this traditionally Eastern practice is moving its way into Western culture, and the availability of products such as essential oil diffusers from online shops and in big chain stores is increasing dramatically and leaving many people asking, "Why?". Read through our list of the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils to find out why you should add them to your wellness regime today.
The olfactory receptors in your brain send chemical messages to many areas in your brain, including those associated with signaling your body that you are hungry or nauseous. These brain messages allow for essential oils, such as olive oil, to help you curb your appetite, while oils like peppermint can help to prevent or reduce nausea. They key to using essential oils this way is to be sure to use a minimal amount for the space of the area you will be using it in. Exercising caution will prevent overpowering scents that could irritate you or your guests.
Improved Mood and Reduced Anxiousness
According to the Mayo Clinic, aromatherapy works by stimulating smell receptors in the consumer's nostrils, which then send signals to the brain and activate corresponding regions such as the one that controls emotions. This brain activation has been shown in studies to help individuals better manage their emotions and mood. . Oils to help with emotions included basil for sadness, geranium for stress, lavender for relaxation, lemon for improved mood and decreased stress, and thyme for fatigue, worry, and stress.
Help Muscles in Massage
Stressed and tired muscles are uncomfortable to live with. These muscles can be soothed when used in a massage and with the use of aromatherapy. The use of aromatherapy is thought to increase blood flow when massaged into skin. Some oils that would be good for this are Lemongrass or Cypress.
Massage therapy is known to heal and help promote wellness in a holistic and natural way with only very minor risks.
Easy Breathing and Airways
Inhaling essential oils stimulates the nostrils and allows the molecules from the oils to pass through, helping to clear the airways. This can provide a clear breathing benefit, on top of relaxation and calming effects essential oils are typically known for. Oils to use for these benefits include eucalyptus and yarrow.