Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic, oily and volatile essences extracted from a variety plants. The oil can concentrate in different parts of the plant: rose and lavender oil is extracted from the flowers; ginger and vetiver from the roots; cardamon and coriander from seeds and, myrrh and frankincense from tree resin. The oils are mixed with a carrier oil before being applied to the skin through massage. They may also be used in creams and ointmens or in air diffusers. Essential oils are used for the healing properties of their chemical constituents. These may be antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, sedative, expectorant and so on. Aromatherapy can alleviate many conditions including muscular and joint pain, digestive problems, respiratory problems, urinary problems and menstrual problems as well as boost the immune system and improve circulation.
Our sense of smell is our most primal sense and the fragrance of essential oils has an immediate effect on the emotional centres in the brain. Many oils are well known for relieving stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and panic attacks.
An aromatherapist will take a case history and select the most appropriate blend of oils for your condition. A number of sessions may be recommended in order to reap the maximum benefit.
Oriental aromatherapy is the use of essential oils based on a Chinese medical diagnosis and five element theory. Oils are used to relax, tonify or balance the qi energy system and the massage may incorporate acupressure and meridian massage.
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