Aromatherapy and Acute & Chronic Pain
What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an all-natural way to enhance physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Aromatherapy uses natural oils extracted from flowers, leaves, roots, stems and other parts of various plants.
When the aroma of these are inhaled they are believed to stimulate brain function.
These essential oils, when inhaled or absorbed through the skin through lotions or carrier oils travel through the bloodstream to facilitate whole-body well-being and healing.
Aromatherapy can have a profound effect on mood and can alter or enhance how one feels.
Aromatherapy is the method of choice for many to heal, relieve stress and pain, stimulate mood and improve brain power.
Essential Oils For Aromatherapy Pain Reduction
Essential oils can be used for many things, but are most often used in aromatherapy. This is when you take advantage of the
scents of the oils, which can then heal your mind and body. Try some of these popular essential oils for aromatherapy purposes.
How Aromatherapy Can Help
Aromatherapy with essential oils helps with many different ailments, including physical and mental ones. Here are somethings that you can use essential oils and aromatherapy for:
Acute or chronic pain (General)
Headaches and migraines
Joint aches, arthritis, muscular conditions
Inflammation and weak immune system
To relax the nervous system
Mental health disorders like stress, anxiety, and depression
If you want to give aromatherapy with essential oils a try, go with something mild and minty like peppermint. This is a strong and effective essential oil that can help with anything from sore muscles to digestive issues. It is also really good for headaches and migraines, as well as congestion, cold, and flu symptoms. A good carrier oil for peppermint essential oil is grape seed oil.
Eucalyptus is also a strong essential oil that you can try using for aromatherapy purposes. With aromatherapy, you want to inhale the scented oil in order to get the full effect. Eucalyptus can be a strong, earthy scent, but don’t let that fool you; this oil is very soothing and can open your airways. It is also great for relieving muscle pain, helping with asthma and congestion, and even providing dental and skin care benefits. If you prefer, you can put some drops in your bath, which still allows the benefits, without the strong scent.
This is probably not the first time you have been told to take or use lavender products for relaxation and rest, and it won’t b the last. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils to use for aromatherapy, especially if you need help with insomnia, stress, anxiety, or depression. You will find the subtle floral scent to be very soothing and calming. Add it to your bath at night to relax enough to sleep or apply it with a carrier oil to your skin to help with burns or insect bites. It can also be used for muscle or joint pain.
A quick listing of oils and their common uses:
Chamomile, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Marjoram, Thyme, Clary Sage, Lemon Grass and Cinnamon.
Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena, Myrtle, Rosemary, Caraway, Ginger, Frankincense, Juniper, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Patchouli.
Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.
Rose, Marjoram, Pine, Vanilla, Nutmeg, Orange, Lime, Lavender, Bergamot, Myrrh, Cardamom, Chamomile and patchouli.
Relaxation and Calmness
Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense and Bergamot.
Energy, Memory and Alertness
Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Bergamot Lavender, Geranium, Cedarwood, Angelica and Marjoram.
Basil, Cedarwood, Clove, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Peppermint, Vanilla, Patchouli, Basil, Eucalyptus and Angelica.
Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Orange, Lemon, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Clary Sage, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
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