to WebMd Aromatherapy, or essential oils therapy, is using a plant's
aroma-producing oils (essential oils) to treat disease. Essential oils
are taken from a plant's flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots.
The oils are mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol, or
lotion) and then put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled. You can also massage the
oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Aromatherapy as used
today originated in Europe and has been practiced there since the early
of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in
the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that
controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on
the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body's hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse,
and other body functions. Another theory suggests that the fragrance of
certain oils may stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting
What is aromatherapy used for?
Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections,depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. But so far there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy effectively prevents or cures illness.
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