An average American works about 50 hours a week which means he works for nearly 2500-3000 hours per year! This figure itself is enough to make a person feel tired. In the world of cut throat competition, working has become the most important thing in a person`s life. The stress that comes along with it is often overlooked. Even during the weekends, we are constantly on our Blackberries and laptops. In such a scenario, when is there time to sit back, relax and let your body rejuvenate?
These days, people have realized the importance of relaxation and are actively seeking out alternative healing and relaxing therapies like aroma therapy, reiki and acupressure. Aroma therapy is one of the most popular alternative healing processes. It mainly uses essential oils and other aromatic and therapeutic plant compounds which help the person is improving mind, body and soul. Most of the therapies that use these aromatic, essential and medicinal oils are termed as aroma therapy. This therapy is an old and widely used one. Much research has been done to prove that this therapy helps in calming your nerves down and basically giving you a peaceful feeling. Application of this therapy is usually done in three ways:
- Aerial diffusion – here we use candles or oil diffusers to make the air around you fragrant. Specific fragrances have specific benefits.
- Direct inhalation – this means that the person directly inhales this fragrance.
- Topical application – massage the essential oils into your whole body or particular parts depending on your treatment and ailment.
It totally depends on what is your purpose for this therapy. Application and the type of fragrance can be decided by a doctor or therapist. For instance, basil fragrance is usually for reliving headaches or alleviating depressed moods. But this fragrance needs to be avoided during pregnancy. Likewise, peppermint and eucalyptus are used for relieving a cold. Lavender oils is a great antiseptic and induces sleep and hence good for people with insomnia problems. There has been a lot of studies and research done behind this therapy. It is essential to go to an expert or else it can have side effects too! Even the application process needs to be followed only after consultation. If you want to relax and have a nice massage, consult an expert. We all are different and have different chemical compositions in our body. One person might react well to direct inhalation but someone else may have an adverse reaction to it! Hence, consultation is an important part.
Aroma therapy is a fast growing alternative healing process. Try it out! Relax with beautiful fragrances!