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By , March 21, 2008

Aromatherapy is a natural alternative medicine that uses essential oils and plant materials to encourage physical and spiritual health and balance. Aromatherapy is used in the healing of many aches and pains.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils that are extracted from natural herbs and plants using steam distillation methods or cold pressing the aromatic parts of the plant – the flowers, leaves, branches, bark or roots. Plant oils are then diluted with a ‘carrier’ (vegetable, soy or evening primrose oil) or alcohol before being inhaled or applied to the skin.

Lavender is believed to relieve depression, stress and headaches and is used to promote sleep and relaxation. Lavender oil is also reputed to heal burns and inflammation, as well as ease muscle aches and nausea. Peppermint essential oil is used to clean wounds and decongest the chest, ease digestive problems and relieve headaches and muscle plain.

The human body’s response to scented essential oils is to relax – anxiety and stress are reduced. Aromatherapy is less effective for healing specific health disorders but can be used alongside other medical practices for best results. Aromatherapy can help to relieve insomnia and induce sleep, ease muscle pain and arthritis and even ease impotence.

Aromatherapy can also involve blending essential oils to suit your personal needs – this is known as ‘synergy’. Muscle tension and pain can be reduced by massaging the oils into the skin, using a hot or cold compress or adding essential oils to a bath. Oils can also be heated in an oil burner or sprayed into the air or onto your pillow.


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