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Aromatherapy At Home

Aromatherapy is an excellent natural treatment that uses concentrated, herbal energies in essential oil (pure extracts from plants) in association with massage, friction, inhalation, compresses and baths to heal all kinds of health problems. It rejuvenates the body and uplifts the mind and hence solves problems such as stress, tension, headaches, migraine, acne, hair fall, dandruff, diabetes, arthritis and many more.

The term "Aromatherapy" was coined by a cosmetic chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who dedicated his life to research the remarkable healing properties of nature's essential oils. On burning his hand in the lab, Gattefosse thrust it into the nearest cold liquid on his work desk and instantly discovered that the pain reduced. Plus there was no inflammation or scarring whatsoever. He later realised that the liquid was extracted lavender oil!

This discovery got Gattefosse interested, and he dug into further research on the essential oils to discover that they had excellent therapeutic properties.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said that the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day. As far back as the fourth century B.C., aromatic oils were used by Egyptians, Romans, Indians, Chinese, Arabs and Babylonians therapeutically.

What are essential oils?
Most of us are already familiar with essential oil in our everyday life, probably without realising it. Each time we add spice to a recipe, put mint chutney on idlis and pakoras or crush a clove of garlic for a salad dressing, we are using essential oils. Many sweets are also flavoured with essential oils or their derivatives.

Essential oils are the most potent form of a plant's aromatic and fragrant materials. They are obtained, usually by distillation or expression, from the flowers, leaves, stems, bark or wood of aromatic plants and trees. There are 300 oils in general use today that have therapeutic properties stretching right from antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-toxic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties to stimulating, seductive, digestive and deodorising properties.

Individual essential oils may contain many hundreds of chemical components, which all react together in a way impossible to reproduce synthetically.

How essential oils work with body and mind
Aromatherapy is one of the only holistic medicines that take into account the difference in health problems caused due to stress and those that are genuine ailments.

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