Using essential oils to achieve health benefits has been present in the world for a long time. Aromatherapy is said to affect lifting a person’s mood or helping them stay healthy. Aromatherapy works on two levels, either through inhalation or topical application. Below is a guide to help you understand how aromatherapy works.
The working of aromatherapy through inhalation is by capitalizing on our sense of smell. Therefore, aromatherapy oils trigger physical and emotional responses within some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain. The aromatic molecules found in essential oils connect with specialized nerve cells which are part of the olfactory system when inhaled. The olfactory cells are linked to tiny hairs in the annals which recognize and respond to specific aromas. After this, nerve impulses travel from olfactory cells to the limbic system, a part of the brain which is responsible for controlling emotions and instincts, hormone balance, blood pressure, breathing, stress, and memory. Therefore, breathing in essential oils has a holistic effect on the brain and the body of a person. Based on the essential oils that one uses, different aromas can change a person’s mood, provide stimulation or relaxation, and can even offer help with anxiety and depression.
Topical application can also give you the benefits of aromatherapy oils whereby they are massaged into the skin to increase absorption. Essential oils have different beneficial properties for the skin. A large number of the essential oils are antibacterial, while others are also anti-inflammatory, antifungal, or antiviral. The molecules found in the oils are also small enough so that they can penetrate through the top layer of the skin to reach the deeper layer of the skin. After this, the molecules then pass into blood vessels, and they are circulated in the body. Essential oils reach parts of the body with good blood vessel networks such as the liver, some groups of muscles, and the kidneys. In these places, the antioxidant properties of essential oils are vital in preventing cell damage and promoting the renewal of cells.
To gain the power found in essential oils, it is necessary to use them correctly. Inhalation is the best method of using them unless you want to use them for massage therapy. For inhaling aromatherapy oils, one can use different methods including using a personal inhaler, steam inhalation, or an aroma diffuser. Using aromatherapy oils on your skin through topical application can address issues such as eczema and acne.
This website has further details on how you can use aromatherapy oils.