Aromatherapy is a very popular form of healing in the field of complementary and alternative practice of medicine. It is also quite popular as a great way of rejuvenating the body and mind. Essential plant extracts, especially from the aromatic parts of the plants, are used to treat various ailments and disorders of the body.
People want to go through aromatherapy for calming the mind and body, relaxing the muscles of the body, mood uplifting, decongestion, cleansing and other disorders. Aromatherapy also has great cosmetic effects. The common essential oils that are used in most of types of aromatherapy are chamomile, lavender, geranium, rosemary, ylang ylang, eucalyptus, tea tree, etc. Depending on the application and method used, aromatherapy can be broadly differentiated into four types.
Types Of Aromatherapy
This is one of the commonest types of aromatherapy where massage techniques are used in tandem with aromatherapy. The regular massage oil is replaced or mixed with highly concentrated essential oils. During the massage the patient smells the aroma of these essential oils and it affects the limbic system of the brain. This system is the one that stimulates emotions and hormones.
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Depending on the types of essential oils used, the limbic system reacts differently and in turn stimulates various body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, immune system and even memory and digestion. Moreover, these essential oils are generally absorbed by the skin and provide the normal benefits of massage.
It will not be wrong to say that the widespread popularity of aromatherapy is indeed due to the cosmetic properties of the essential oils. Most of the body-care products are using essential oils in them to pass on the benefits that each of these oils carries. So you will have moisturizers, hair products, skin products, etc.
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with various essential oils and each of these has their own functions. But only those cosmetics that have essential oil actually have the true effects of aromatherapy. Often the fragrances are mistaken for aromatherapy. But they are used only to make the product fragrant.
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Medical Or Clinical Aromatherapy
This is the most important type of aromatherapy as far as healthy living is concerned. In this therapy medical conditions are first diagnosed and then the practitioner decides on the essential oils that are to be used. Like most of the alternative forms of medicine, in aromatherapy too there is no common treatment for all.
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It is highly individualistic and for the same ailment different persons may be treated with different types and doses of essential oils. The treatment may include inhalation of the oils or even oral doses. However, in both cases, especially in the oral administration of the oils, the doses must be taken under strict supervision of the registered practitioners.
Olfactory Aromatherapy And Psychoaromatherapy
Since the inhalation of the fragrant oils stimulates the limbic system, it is often used for mental peace and stress removal. The calming effect of the essential oils is used for the purpose. It is especially recommended for those people suffering from great levels of mental stress, depression, fatigue, etc. Aromatherapy is also used for treatment of mood disorders and while treating psychological ailments. This type is generally referred to as psychoaromatherapy.