along with massage is a well known form of natural healing work that comprises the use of aromatic essential oils to promote health anda better living standard. The essential oils are usually combined with the massage oil and administered on the skin during the massage. Oils may also be added to an oil diffuser by the therapist, which allows the natural fragrance to dissolve throughout the room. Using both techniques, the client will experience a double effect of deep healing and relaxing by breathing the fragrance and also absorbing the oils applied on the skin.
Essential oils like lavender and ginger can also be used in either hot or cold compresses to treat muscle aches and pains; because of their effectiveness, essential oils are diluted in body cream or lotion before it is applied to the body. One of the more widely used oils for massage therapists is almond oil and rice oil, because of their pleasant scents and textures. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are separately selected for their medicinal and healing properties which could be both physical and psychological. Some essential oils have a more uplifting and energizing effect; relaxing effect, anti- inflammatory effect and some increase the circulation. Below are some of the widely used essential oils in aromatherapy and their benefits.
Common Types of Aromatherapy
• Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis)
This oil serves as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that is useful in treating skin conditions, menstrual pains, earache, and depression.
• Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)
This natural astringent is said to be useful in regulating the menstrual cycle, improving mood, and controlling high blood pressure and also to treat oily hair and skin. However, Clary sage is not to be used by pregnant women.
• Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
It is an effective skin treatment. This essential oil helps to relaxes and sooth the stomach muscles and gastrointestinal tract. It functions as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and is also useful in fighting cold and flu symptoms.
• Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
A well known aromatherapy oil which combines good with most essential oils and has plenty of medicinal and cosmetic usage, including treatment of burns, insomnia, respiratory infections, insect bites, intestinal discomfort, migraine and stress.
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary essential oil is used to treat, gastrointestinal problems, muscular or rheumatic complaints, headaches as well as low blood pressure.
• Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
This oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good choice for fighting infection (fungicidal, bacteria, virus). It is suggested for treating wounds, respiratory infections, vaginal and bladder infections, and a variety of skin conditions.
• Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)
This is a sedative essential oil that could be used to treat hypertension and tachycardia. It could also aid in reducing irritation, valuable in stressful situations, anxiety or impatience because it has a nurturing and calming effect on the heart.
The above are just the more widely used essential oils used in aromatherapy-massage. Mixed with massage, aromatherapy offers another dimension of physical and emotional healing to the treatment. There are lots of medical conditions that achieve positive results by the use of these oils. If used on a regular basis, those suffering from insomnia can sleep better. A lot of individuals use scents to enjoy deep sleep. It is used to enhance the respiratory and immune system. Those suffering from premenstrual syndrome, headaches and other stress issues; marvel with the positive changes they experienced by having aromatherapy. These oils are extracted from the different parts of the plants and are highly concentrated. Therefore only need one or two drop of these oils per massage is advisable.
However, some essential oils are not suitable to be used during pregnancy or breast feeding. Some oils can affect the way your skin reacts and cause burns more easily in the sun. Aromatherapy is specifically useful in treating muscular and rheumatic, premenstrual tension and menopausal complaints and all kind of stress related issues.
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