Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other scented compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person's mood or health.
The word "essential does not refer to nutritional value but to the volatile, aromatic components that are the "essence" of the plant.
Essential oils are said to be highly concentrated substances extracted from flowers, leaves, stalks, fruits, and roots, and also distilled from resins.
They are said to contain hormones, vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and to represent the "life force," "spirit," or "soul" of the plant.
The oils in aromatherapy are administered in small quantities through inhalation, massage, or other applications to the skin, and occasionally a product is taken internally.
Methods of application include:
Products include diffusers, lamps, pottery, candles, pendants, earrings, shampoos, skin creams, lotions, bath salts, and shower gels.
Some of the materials employed in include:
Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by the use of essential oils with two basic mechanisms offered as explanation to the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils.
The consensus among most medical professionals in the U.S.A. and England is that while pleasant scents can boosts relaxation and may have related benefits for patients, there is currently insufficient scientific proof of the effectiveness of aromatherapy in general.
Scientific research on the cause and effect is limited, although there are some pharmacological effects attributed to essential oils, such as:
There are potential safety concerns with the use of essential oils. Because the oils are highly concentrated they can only be safely used in small amounts, measured in drops and kept out of the reach of children.
Many oils can irritate the skin unless diluted with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, and rose hip seed oil. And a few cases have been reported of toxic reactions like liver damage and seizures, phototoxic reactions, and many oils have chemical components that are sensitizers (meaning that they will after a number of uses cause reactions on the skin, and more so in the rest of the body).
Just remember; essential oils are made up of chemicals, although they are not man-made (they are distilled), in the concentrations they are in; just the same, overexposure can cause reactions. Aromatherapy oils and scents can potentially have negative health consequences if used incorrectly or in an unwise combination with prescription-based pharmacology. If you have any concerns or doubts seek the advice of your personal doctor.
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