Aromatherapy is widely practiced as a method to reduce stress and anxiety. Essential oils have proven very effective in healing or preventing health conditions and also in reducing pain and other symptoms. But how does it work? Let’s have a look at the ways in which essential oils are used and how they work with our bodies.
1. Essential oils are applied to the skin
This is the method used in aromatherapy massages. Essential oils are rubbed into the skin to relax or heal. Oil blends with black pepper or ginger are used to relieve the pain of arthritis. German chamomile is used to treat eczema and different oils can be used to relax the body and calm your mind.
Our skin is permeable to a certain extent and absorbs the chemicals in the essential oils. Massaging the area of the skin before applying the essential oil will help with absorption. The massage will increase blood flow and also generate heat on the skin and this improves absorption.
2. Essential oils can be inhaled
Inhalation of essential oils through the nose and mouth is another way to experience the healing effects of aromatherapy. Essential oils that are often inhaled include peppermint for fatigue or nausea and eucalyptus for coughing. Essential oils are generally diluted to decrease the potency of the natural product.
The olfactory system includes all systems and functions that have to do with smell. The olfactory organs, brain, and respiratory system are immediately influenced when essential oils are inhaled. The inhalation of small amounts of certain essential oils can help reduce pain and have amazing effects on the physical and psychological well-being of a person.
3. Essential oils can be ingested
This is not a recommended method of use for essential oils. Some essential oils can have damaging effects to the liver and kidneys and other organs or systems. Essential oils are not generally ingested orally, although in France this practice is used often.
These are the three methods in which essential oils can be used. Skin application and inhalation are the best and safest way to use essential oils and aromatherapy and can have immediate effects on reducing negative health conditions and improving mood and health.