The origin of aromatherapy goes back to Western European doctors and scientists in the early 1900’s. It was first used on the hand of a doctor which got burned in a laboratory explosion. The hand was treated by the doctor with some lavender oil and this treatment was very successful. Since a lot of plants and herbs have a cleansing abilities, the idea of experimenting with these ingredients seemed the natural next step. Evolving in time aromatherapy became all about using the essential oils from plants for our benefit.
You might wonder what the effects of aromatherapy can be. This is a question with a very versatile answer because the results can be physical as well as psychological. The psychological effect of scents seems to be very high. We tend to react in a certain way when a certain scent is presented to us. When we smell something we like, we tend to get into a better mood and get a more satisfied feeling. Put nice smelling flowers in your living room and you feel like the room has been lightened up. On the other hand when we smell something we don’t like, we tend to react negatively. Paying a visit to a public bathroom which isn’t very clean and smells is generally not something to get excited about.
As well as the psychological effects, aromatherapy can also provide physical effects. As with the story above, essential oils have an effect on skin. We all know the commercials of the skin care companies promising you eternal youth. That may be a little far to go, but skin care is necessary in order to maintain healthy skin. These companies do a lot of research and tend to put more and more natural ingredients in their products, simply because they work. Many ingredients, including essential oils, provide good nutrition for your skin and usually consist of a high concentrate of vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins have a moisturizing effect on your skin and have great anti-oxidants to fight the free radicals in your skin.
Next to skin care there are other benefits to the physical use of aromatherapy. By applying it on your skin, the oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream and work their magic. There can be a regulating effect on your nervous system which can help many internal problems, including blood pressure, muscle contraction and digestion. One thing you definitely need to know is that you may never apply essential oils directly to your skin in its purest form simply because it is to concentrated and overdoing it is not the way to practice aromatherapy. The oils need to be processed first and only the best quality essential oils should be used.
Because of different reactions from people to different scents, it really is different for everybody and if you would like to try it, it is plain experimenting to find what works for you. Even though there are some known factual qualities of some plants, you might respond differently. Of course there are some general tips and tricks, but that doesn’t mean it will work the same to you. Ever since the first treatment there has been a discussion about the effects of aromatherapy. Due to a lack of studies and hard evidence, this form of alternative medicine will keep on causing some discussion.