A whiff of wellness

A whiff of wellness

Aromatherapy, a form of complementary therapy, is not new to us. It has been prevalent in ancient cultures too — Egyptians, Chinese, Indian — where they resorted to aromatherapy for natural healing and rejuvenation.
Aromatherapy brings wellbeing via a controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
When used, one must be circumspect as these are highly aromatic and volatile essential oils. These are synthesised by plants and stored in various parts of the plant or tree. The essential oils of eucalyptus and tea tree occur in oil sacs within the leaf, rose oil occurs in petals, clove oil in its flower buds and so on.
Essential oils are a precious gift of nature. The vegetable base oils used to dilute essential oils are also natural. Both the base and essential oil work in harmony with the human body.
The principle behind allopathic or orthodox medicine is that illness is seen as something to be treated by suppression of the symptoms, often using harsh synthetic drugs. Aromatherapy aims to treat the person on the whole (mind body and soul). In this system, symptoms of illness are seen as imbalance of energies and essential oils works in conjunction with body attempting to heal itself. The emphasis of aromatherapy like all natural therapies is: prevention is better than cure.
Essential oils can be used in baths, burners, diffusers, vaporisers, in room sprays, in beauty products to be applied to skin externally. They can also be ingested internally under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist.
People are slowly resorting to this therapy as it is natural and has no side effects. Instead of using a strong harmful drug to kill bacteria or any skin disorder, one should use mild natural therapies that might act slow but does not harm the body while killing the bacteria or virus. In fact, they also strengthen our immune system and bring in multiple benefits.
Aromatherapy is the use of organic compounds to improve your mood, mental state, or health. Those organic compounds are called essential oils. Sadly, people look for instant results, cures and turn to artificial chemical-based products. Essential oils can be used to solve all skin problems such as acne, eczema and dermatitis.
With so many essential oils available, it is sometimes difficult to fathom which oil is best for your specific needs. Lavender, Parijat, Geranium, Tulsi and Turmeric are super antioxidants and can be used for multiple purposes such as reducing stress and free radicals. They work wonders on the skin with their oil balancing and anti-aging properties.

Courtesy: This article was given by Rajni Ohri.