Updated: May 7, 2020
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries – it is the practice of using essential oils and plant materials to improve both physical and psychological wellbeing. It was first noted to be used in Chinese medicine over 6000 years ago; followed by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans using it for a variety of uses from food preservatives and washing clothes, to embalming the dead and in perfumes.
What are essential oils and how are they made?
This shows the distillation process of essential oils
Essential oils are nature in the most concentrated form – extracted from biomass (i.e. the bark, flower and fruit from a plant or tree). Two main processes are used during manufacture: distillation and expression. Distillation is the most ancient method, using the process of steam distillation and still the most common way we use to produce essential oils today. Expression is the process of cold-pressing, often citrus fruits that contain small amounts of wax. Once formed, the oils can dissolve and combine fats without mixing water. This enables the oils to deliver all kinds of benefits to the body.
Benefits of using essential oil
Despite little studies to back up the long-term advantages of aromatherapy, thousands of us use essential oils every day to both aid and combat and number of things. Particular oils can be used as an antidepressant, a stimulant, a hair, skin and immune system booster, aid sleep, digestive improve problems and alleviate the pain and troubles of specific conditions like insomnia, headaches, arthritis, food cravings and ADHD. Aromatherapy is a completely natural and fairly cheap practice, even with daily rehearse.
How can we use essential oils?
There are so many ways in which you can use essential oils – another positive. With a carrier oil, essential oils can be used as part of as a massage therapy, or rubbed on the insides of the wrists. A few drops can be popped on a pillow at night, sprinkled into a relaxing bath or burnt using a ceramic pot, mixed with water. Essential oils can be scattered on faux flowers, linens, carpets and upholstery to prolong perfumery, as a chest rub, as part of a steam inhalation treatment, in homemade diffusers. Every essential oil has its purpose and with a little research, it can make a positive and powerful change to your well-being and environment.
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