Essential oils in Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is derived from two words Aroma means 'fragrance' and therapy means 'treatment'. Use of essential oils in aromatherapy is a detachable part of this science or we can say that essential oils are the aroma part of aromatherapy without which practice of aromatherapy is incomplete.
Essential oils are the fine, volatile liquid extracts of flowers, resins, wood, roots, fruits, herbs, leaves, seeds etc. that contains aromatic compounds in them, providing them a definite fragrance. These essential oils can helps us in keeping a balance in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Different parts of plants are useful for extracting different essential oils. As the petals of rose, leaves of eucalyptus, roots of grass, seeds of caraway, bulbs of garlic etc. moreover, different parts of the same plant can also yield different essential oils. These essential oils have significant therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that enhance health of the body and prevent illness to occur. All essential oils have some specific characteristic of healing with some unique antiseptic properties. These properties may be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-depressant, stimulating, relaxing, expectorating or digestion supporting.
Some of the common essential oils used in aromatherapy are: Anise, basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, jasmine, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, orange, peppermint, rose, pine, sandalwood and vanilla.
Essential oils are not applied in the pure form or they can be harmful due to the presence of some powerful compounds. So, before using them they should be diluted with the addition of other oils called the carrier oils. Some of the carrier oils are vegetable oils, kernel oil and almond oil. Several essential oils are mixed together with carrier oils before use. So, it?s a complex process and need proper knowledge. So, it is better to consult an Aromatherapist before using essential oils especially for pregnant and lactating ladies.
Essential oils have many medical significance and can be very useful in increasing your concentration level, refreshing your mind, creates an open and calm environment, relieve pain and headaches, in having healthy and toned skin and relax aching muscles. Thus, right from the ancient time to the present essential oils in aromatherapy have been used predominantly used to get the maximum benefits of the science.