using essential oils in aromatherapy
Aromatherapy massage is a kind of massage using essential
oils incorporated to the conventional massage lotions or oil.
The only difference from regular massage is the use of
essential oils and yet that simple distinction makes regular
massage and aromatherapy massage worlds apart. The reason is in
Essential oils contain natural chemical compounds that get
transmitted through our noses when we inhale the aroma of the
essential oils. As these chemical molecules reach the limbic
system of the brain, our mood, emotions, and state of mind and
well-being are affected, often times resulting in a relaxed and
rejuvenated state. The limbic system of the brain functions as
a control tower for human emotions, as well as the nervous
system, and the body's hormones.
If we combine the effects of essential oils with the
techniques of different kinds of massages, we get something
that benefits not only our inner well being but our physical
condition as well.
Aside from the scents emitted by essential oils, it is
believed the properties of the oil that makes them therapeutic
can be absorbed through the skin. However, care must be taken
when applying amounts of essential oils on the skin. Pure
essential oils can cause irritations for others and can lead to
complications if not properly addressed.
Nevertheless, with the right additives, mainly carrier oils,
the maximum benefits of essential oils in aromatherapy massage
will be attained.
Among the more popular blends of essential oils used in
aromatherapy massage includes chamomile, lavender and geranium
oils which are used primarily to clam ones state of mind,
relieving the stressful environment hovering someone who
worries a lot or is show aggressive behaviors all the time.
Rosemary oil is good to energize and cleanse the body. If,
however, one needs more than just to be re- energized, the
essential oils from clary sage, rose and neroli are good for
uplifting the soul.
Aromatherapy massage, just
like any other massages is not for everyone. Those with open
wounds, rashes, or any skin disease is not advised to have
aromatherapy massage, or any kind of massage for that matter.
The contact and pressure on the skin will cause more pain and
trouble than relief. Likewise, those who have undergone
surgery, chemotherapy, people with heart diseases, and pregnant
women are definitely on this list.
is great for removing the everyday stress and is especially
great for the piled-up stress from work and other pressures
from our daily lives. It is also being recommended for people
with headaches, back pain, digestive problems, and premenstrual