What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the practice of using naturally extracted fragrance or essences from aromatic botanical material to promote the health and general well-being of your body, mind and soul. The essences, called essential oils, which extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and woods. The essences contain the vital life force of fragrant botanical plants. There are present about three hundred of the essential oils, which between them constitute an extremely effective medical system. In aromatherapy, they can restore balance and harmony to your body and mind, while adding depth, dimension and definition to your life.
Uses and Actions of Essential Oils
Each single essential oils is used for many applications. You could use essential oils in a variety of ways and methods. Inhale directly from the bottle, use for skin care, hair care and body care as well as for numerous other beauty purposes. Aromatherapy bath, soak your tired feet, aromatherapy massages and inhale aromatherapy blends to clear your head, make your breathing easier and to relieve congestion.
Each oil also has its own medicinal and other properties such as therapeutic properties. Modern day research has confirmed, many years before, some essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Now they discover many other therapeutic properties offer by essential oils such as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic, sedative, analgesic, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation0stimulating, circulatory-stimulating and diuretic, and much more.
In aromatherapy also, essential oils can help prevent or ease an various of ailments. Essential oils can boost your immune system and help you to stay well and healthy. You can treat pain and aches and minor injuries like cuts and wounds. The scents from essential oil can help you to reduce stress, lifting your depression and restore your emotional wellbeing. Diffuse or disperse essential oil in your living area, room and work space to help improve your productivity, improve your sleep, improve the air quality and finally modify your moods.
The Origins of Essential Oils
Essential oils are extracted from varieties of plants part such as fruits, flower, leaves, grass, root and wood. Lemongrass, Citronella is made from the chopped grass, Lavender from the flowers and leaves, Orange, Lemon and Bergamot from the fruits peel, Ginger and Turmeric from rhizome, Rose, Jasmine and Ylang-ylang from the flower, Patchouli from the leaves, Cinnamon from the bark and Sandalwood and agarwood is from the heart wood. Also from the whole spices like cardamon, clove and aniseed. Depending on the plant, the essential oil is stored specialized oil or resin cells, glandular hairs, cells or scales which have single or multi-cell pockets or tiny reservoirs.
Its extracted by using various technique and the common method is distillation, ether steam or hydro distillation. Other methods are including solvent extraction, expression, enfleurage and maceration. The distillation rates are varies between plant from 0.1% – 8%.