How does aromatherapy work?
Essential oils are derived from different parts of plants, shrubs, twigs, leaves and flowers and when applied using aromatherapy, (in either massage, bath or inhalation), the oils work within our internal systems to affect a physiological or emotional change. As we breathe in the essential oils, a signal is sent to the olfactory bulb within the limbic part of our brain, which controls (amongst others) memories, emotions hormones and motivation. Essential oils have a powerful effect on our master hormone gland, the pituitary gland which when stimulated produces a chemical hormone reaction to balance and regulate parts of our body. So inhaling the essential oils will produce a chemical reaction to create a response according to the therapeutic property of the oil. For example, Lavender is used to calm and reduce anxiety, give emotional balance, alleviate headaches and insomnia and depression.
What is your favourite smell? Where does that take you back to? Freshly cut grass is one of my favourite smells and sends me right back to childhood and carefree moments.
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years dating back to the Ancient Eygyptians and the Roman Empire originally for medicinal, religious, rituals and embalming and preserving purposes. The name aromatherapy dates back to the 1920’s when a French chemist Rene Gattefosse burnt his hand and plunged his hand into a vat of lavender and found the burn healed quickly. He discovered lavender oil helped with the burn and prevented scarring, so he went on to research the properties of oils, using oils on injured soldiers in World War I. Gattefosse wrote a research paper termed “aromatherapie” and thus the name was born.