How Does Aromatherapy Work?

Seeing is Believing

Personally I have had success with both Aromatherapy and Homeopathy, throughout my pregnancies and while my young children were growing up. We still use it today and I have even persuaded my husband to try!

A convert – well I am and he is nearly, but what is important is using these natural methods have complimented any other treatments that may have been need and saved us using pharmaceuticals wherever possible, which can’t be a bad thing.

So How does Aromatherapy Work?

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses that we possess, how many times has a memory been triggered by a smell? Essential oils stimulate our sense of smell and aromatherapy works best when it works on the mind and body simultaneously. It is believed that smells enter through cilia (fine hairs lining the nose) to the limbic system; this is the part of the brain that controls our moods emotions, memory and learning. However essential oils also work on the physical level. Today’s research has confirmed that essential oils have anti – bacterial, anti –fungal and anti-viral properties coupled with the anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, anti-toxic, anti-depressant, sedative and energising effects and more besides, this makes them very powerful substances.

Essential oils are complex in molecular structure and extremely powerful; never confuse their sweet smell with innocent appeal. Scientific studies have shown that essential oils contain chemical components that can exert specific effects on the mind and body. Each of the essential oils has their own healing properties. It is often the case that oils will be used in different combinations to allow healing to take place on different levels – physical, emotional and mental. The healing properties of essential oils are now widely recognised and are used widely in medicine all over the world.

Aromatherapy is an important part of the holistic approach allowing people to take the initiative to help themselves and take a greater responsibility for their own health.

You can get a detailed use of oils their properties and when to use them from our Aromatherapy Guide. (due out soon)