In the past centuries, different cultures have used exotic herbal aromas in different ways and purposes. They have been used ceremoniously over the ages. However, now it has been discovered that these aroma oils (or essential oils) have significant health benefits. Aromatherapy has become quite popular recently. This method uses aromatic essential oils to enhance the emotional and physical well-being and healthy mind-set of an individual.
These essential oils are known to be the life force of the plants. These oils are volatile and highly concentrated and are generally extracted from leaves, resin, fruit rinds, bark, roots and flowers. The amount of oil that is extracted from the resources generally range from .01-10%. The therapeutic essential oils can be diluted and applied to the skin or inhaled directly. The entire purpose of these oils is to enhance the balance of your body system.
In both Ayurveda and Naturopathy these essential oils are used for enhancing the essential life force. In traditional Chinese medicine essential oils are used as medicines. The essential oils enhance the emotional and positive mental states. The medicinal properties of these oils support physiological healing of mind and body. It has been seen that patients with mental depression and arthritis have significantly improved with the use of essential oils.
Massage sessions with essential aromatherapy oils are also highly popular. If you choose to buy an oil from the market then dilute it before use with a carrier oil – like Almond or Jojoba – because they come in a high concentration. This is very important especially when you are using it on young children who have sensitive skin. be aware pregnant women can NOT use many essiantial oils – already read warning labels first! Essential oils are absorbed by the skin and carried throughout the body to the internal organs.