AROMATHERAPY & AROMATHERAPIE
Aromatherapy describes treatments that use essential oils to make you feel calm, relaxed, or energised. Aromatherapy oils work with your sense of smell; you can inhale them, bathe in them or be massaged in them.
What is aromatherapy?
Smell is a very powerful sense that can work with your memory. Certain smells remind you of events, people and places. In addition to this, the smell can also take you back to how you felt about what you’re remembering. It activates your emotional memory. Aromatherapy uses warm essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. The oils are massaged into your skin, dropped into water for you to bathe in, or blended with other oils or steam for you to inhale.
What is aromatherapy good for?
Aromatherapy works on the basis that the smell of the essential oils trigger the limbic system – the part of the brain that seems to be linked with emotion. This is why it can affect how you feel, and help you relax. Massage helps your skin to absorb warmed essential oils; these oils improve the effectiveness of the massage in treating specific physical problems. Aromatherapy is used in a number of ways, including:* relieving stress and anxiety; it is used with older people with dementia to relieve distress* helping you to sleep better; whether you have problems getting to sleep (insomnia) or staying asleep* helping you relax* relieving tiredness or aching muscles* improving flexibility* soothing chronic pain* improving skin tone* aiding concentration.