The practice in which natural oils that have been extracted from leaves, stems, roots, bark, flowers, or other parts of a place as a way of enhancing physical and psychological well-being is called aromatherapy. The aroma that is inhaled from these “essential” oils is widely believed to help stimulate brain function.
Essential oils are also able to be absorbed via the skin; from there they travel through the bloodstream promoting whole-body healing. Aromatherapy is considered to be a form of alternative medicine, one which is rapidly gaining momentum. There are various applications it is used for, for example, increased cognitive function, mood enhancement, and even pain relief.
There are quite a few essential oils available, each on is believed to contain its own healing powers. It is believed that the fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves which are found in the nose, impulses are sent by said nerves to the area of the brain which controls emotion and memory. Depending on each type of oil, the results to the body may be stimulating or calming.
It is believed that the oil interacts with the hormones and enzymes in the body causing changes in pulse, blood pressure, as well as other body functions. It is suggested by another theory that the fragrance certain oils provide may stimulate the body to produce substances that fight pain.
It is important to note that the oils used in aromatherapy should not be swallowed. Many of these oils are quite potent and if taken internally, they can be dangerous. Being as they could be highly sensitive to the oil, it is recommended that children under the age of five so not use aromatherapy. Also, make sure that you never use the essential oils near your mouth or eyes, this could cause irritation to the skin as well as other membranes.