Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine, which is based on the effects on the body of aromatics, are, as a rule, in plants.
Used in aromatherapy oils contain biologically active agents in the most concentrated form. Their chemical composition include aldehydes, alcohols, terpenes, ketones, phenols, ethers, esters, sesquiterpenes.
Aromatherapy has long been known and is widely used in almost all countries. The ancient Vedic hymns describe the natural scent of flowers (aromatherapy) as having health and eliminating anxiety and sadness.
The use of essential oils in aromatherapy
According to many doctors, naturopaths using aromatherapy essential oils can weaken and even completely neutralize the impact of environmental pollution and to restore the emotional background.
Methods of application of natural flower oils in aromatherapy extensive. They are used:
To a point, or total daily massage. Doctors-naturopaths believe that massage with aromatic oils restores immunity. Aromatherapy launches its own healing mechanisms, increasing the lymphatic and blood circulation. For the massage typically used 1-2% solution of essential oils in the neutral oil. Massage oil for face and body can be used as a basis for daily make-up;
Inhalants, which are recognized not only an alternative, but also traditional medicine. Aromatherapy is an excellent treatment for colds, especially the problems of the respiratory tract. Also, this method is used in cosmetics for skin treatment;
For compresses. With aromatherapy at home you can get rid of headaches, as well as ease the pain of bruises and sprains. To prepare a compress should be wet gauze in a glass of warm water with a few drops (up to five) essential oil, squeeze out and put on the sore spot, and then cover with plastic film wrap and hold until cool;
For baths. Aromatherapy promotes complete muscle relaxation and restore emotional background. Typically, to prepare baths with aromatic oils in a tablespoon of milk or honey is dissolved 5-10 drops of essential oil and added to a warm bath;
For foot baths to help relieve fatigue after heavy physical exertion or emotional stress of the day. For its preparation is poured into a bowl with hot water 4-6 drops of oil;
Improvement for aromatization with an evaporator (flavor), thereby preventing many diseases and improving mood.
Ayurvedic doctors believe that aromatherapy effect on the body similar to the taste:
Salty (smell of the sea algae) - improves appetite, warms;
Acute (smell of cardamom, red and black pepper) - ons, warms;
Gorky (the smell of sweet, almond) - soothes, cools;
Astringent (the smell of quince, walnut, green apple) - encourages cools.
Aromatherapy in cosmetics
Aromatherapy is widely used in cosmetics, as an excellent way to skin care and beauty treatments are effective completion. Even at home aromatherapy helps to solve various skin problems like disease and age.
The use of aromatherapy effectively because the essential oils provide deep cleansing effect and have antimycotic, antibacterial and antiviral activity, also in intensifying the action of cosmetic preparations.
Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and quickly reaches the systemic circulation, promoting the penetration of many active components found in cosmetics.
The main oil used in aromatherapy for cosmetic purposes, oils are orange, bergamot, marjoram, niaouli, kayaputa, lavender, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, rosemary, juniper, tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus.
Almost all of aroma oils are powerful geroprotectors and slow down the aging process of skin cells.
Aromatherapy is widely used not only for skin care but for the hair, which is recommended on a regular basis:
Nourishing aroma, which is carried out in the care of normal hair 1-2 times a week, while in the care of the problem - in a day;
Aromaopolaskivanie, is recommended after shampooing.
You can also enrich cosmetics different essential oils.
Aromatherapy at home can be used:
To care for normal and dry hair - with essential oils of orange, rose, ylang-ylang, geranium, jasmine, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, neroli, myrrh, sandalwood, chamomile;
For care of greasy hair - with essential oils of verbena, clove, geranium, ginger, cypress, patchouli, rose, pine, tea tree, eucalyptus;
To eliminate dandruff - with essential oils of orange, jasmine, geranium, lavender, rose, chamomile;
To strengthen the hair at their loss - with essential oils of sweet, ginger, cedar, cypress, lavender, chamomile, pine, clary sage;
To restore the elasticity, gloss, brightness and tone hair - with essential oils of jasmine, myrrh, patchouli.
Effect of oils in aromatherapy
Depending on the purpose of using different oils for aromatherapy, which is based on their properties and have an effect. Thus, the essential oils in aromatherapy have the following steps:
Refreshing - essential oils of fir, spearmint, peppermint, lavender, mandarin, vetiver, lemon and orange;
Invigorating, enhances the performance - jasmine oil and lemon;
Antidepressant and anti-stress - oil of bergamot, galbanum, jasmine, geranium, Bigard, coriander, mimosa, lavender and patchouli;
Aromatic oils should only be used externally. Before you start to use aromatherapy, essential oils should be checked on individual tolerance.
Against the background of serious diseases, such as epilepsy, as well as during pregnancy before use aromatherapy, should consult a doctor because these oils like sage, laurel and rosemary in these cases can not be used.