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Aromatherapy - The Scent of Serenity

Originating in primeval cultures in India, Egypt etc., aromatherapy as the name suggests primarily uses aromatics like essential oils, and balms to heal its users. In olden days aromatherapy used in both medically and mystically for its spiritual as well as physical benefits. Although it is said to be as potent as mainstream treatments for illnesses, there is no empirical evidence to prove this claim. Despite which, aromatherapy has gained a lot of popularity worldwide in the alternative medicine realm. 


An introduction into the world of Aromatics

Essential oils are usually derived from barks, stems, flowers etc. of plants, after which they are distilled and bottled. The most widely-used essential oils include Lavender, which is used as an antiseptic and aid for sleep and relaxation. Lemon is said to improve mood and alleviate stress. At the same time, eucalyptus and peppermint are said to heal cold and flu. Each of these and many others, come with their own sets of benefits. 

The technique of using essential oils differs from place to place. Still, the most common way is inhaling it as a scent or applying it on the skin’s surface with some amount of carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond oil, since it is highly concentrated and could potentially irritate and cause harm if not handled with care.


Do It Yourself!

If you are curious about the many ways in which you can incorporate aromatherapy in your life, here are a few mediums to do that:

  • Diffusers: Evaporate and spread essential oils in the air.
  • Candles: For a subtle but lingering scent while you unwind.
  • Bathing salts: By using them in a steam bath.
  • Facial steamers: Using a small quantity can help with headaches.
  • Clay masks: Add to the relaxation!

Advantages of Aromatherapy

Many of these essential oils have some degrees of antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. In the field of holistic healing, aromatherapy works well as a complementary alternative. Amongst various issues it claims to deal with, here are a few common ones:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Muscular problems
  • Menstrual aches


If you seek an alternative and holistic way to stress-relief and healing, you can also seek a professional Aromatherapy treatment from your trusted spa and remedial therapy provider. Before initiating any such treatment, the therapist will inspect your lifestyle, habits and medical history. They will consider your needs and expectations from this treatment and recommend a suitable option for you. Aromatherapists will assort one or more oil blends based on your requirements and apply them during the massage by diluting them in a carrier oil.


Risk factors

Even though aromatherapy is natural, essential oils are still chemicals, which means they can still trigger an adverse reaction in some cases. It is advised that you test one’s forearm to ensure no allergy due to the oil. People who are dealing with the following should avoid aromatherapy altogether:

  • Asthma
  • Hay Fever
  • Epilepsy


In conclusion, aromatherapy can prove beneficial to many only if used under-informed circumstances or by qualified professionals.


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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