What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the process of enlivening the senses and utilizing different natural herbs, fruits, and flowers to create specific body reactions. Essential oils can be used during massages, in baths, or simply throughout the day in order to promote well-being.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy?
Essential oils have been used for over 6,000 years in order to heal various ailments and improve people’s lives. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that a French chemist began to take a closer look at lavender oil as a way to aid in the healing process. While no one is quite sure how aromatherapy actually works in the body currently, it is known that essential oils help best to relieve pain, improve overall mood, and deepen relaxation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the following conditions also see relief from aromatherapy.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pain from cancer
What essential oil is best for you?
Utilizing essential oils during massage is considered to benefit individuals by smell and also from absorption through the skin. The oils coupled with restorative touch, have been shown time and again to reduce pain and increase relaxation. When you book your massage appointment, consider including your choice of aromatherapy oil to your session. Here are some essential oils to consider adding into your massage and daily routine.
- Lavender: This essential oil has historically been used for healing and a reduction in inflammation. It promotes relaxation and is excellent for any skin conditions.
- Mint: Both peppermint and spearmint promote improved digestion and improved energy levels.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is perfect for those individuals that need help sleeping and relaxing.