Part twenty-nine: Aromatherapy

Part twenty-nine: Aromatherapy

The history of aromatherapy dates back to ancient Egypt and probably even further. Men used it in cosmetics and care as herbal medicine. And essential oils were as fragrances. We also know what the Bible and the famous Moses’s ointment refer to myrrh, cinnamon, cassia, and calamus. Then we have a whole encyclopedia of Chinese medicine, and it’s used in both medical and spiritual contexts. Actually, the entire history talks about this subject.

Contrary to appearances, we are not talking about incense and scented candles, but about essential oils and their properties for the body and mind. It is a blend of the essence of herbs and plants mixed with oil. We use it for massages, baths or inhalations. They have a range of applications, from protection to cleaning. However, there is a wide range of oils that improve well-being. Because of this, we become free of stress and full of energy. Here is the list:

With cinnamon leaves

It has a sharp smell. It helps combat depression, feelings of weakness and fatigue. It warms the body, cleanses the mouth, is a remedy for colds, inflammation of the intestines and sinuses. Also helps to breastfeed by stimulating the production of milk.

Lemon balm

It adds energy, improves mood and relieves severe nervous tension. It helps to eliminate the symptoms of menopause and painful menstruation. It has antispasmodic and antibacterial effects. It lowers blood pressure.

Mint

Stimulates the mind, improves concentration and intellectual performance. It smoothes the skin. It also thins the body because the smell reduces appetite. Men use it for headaches, swollen feet, minor burns, fever, insect bites and acne.

Ginger

Increases concentration and adds self-confidence. It is warming up the body. It is the best-known aphrodisiac. It is ideal for pain and inflammation, nausea and vomiting, cardiovascular diseases, microbes, and cellulite.

Citric

It has antibacterial properties. The rich aroma influences the improvement of humor, restores the clarity of mind and emotions, stimulates to action. It works for inflammation of the mouth and throat, insect bites and acne.

Vanilla

Its beautiful scent affects the positive well-being, helps to cope with stress, insomnia, melancholy, and irritability. It helps to relax.

Sweet orange

It stimulates the feeling of relaxation and well-being, relieves stress, insomnia, and spasms. It calms and soothes the nervous system, increases visual acuity, relieves menstrual pain and cellulite.

Juniper

It helps with muscle tension and exhaustion of the body, insomnia, varicose veins and hypertension, in the absence of energy and anxiety. Men recommend it for adolescents in the fight against acne.

Rose

Through a beautiful fragrance, it is a potent aphrodisiac. Just a few drops in the bedroom makes us want to have sex. Also, it relieves stress, improves mood, relaxes and reduces nervous tension, facilitates falling asleep.

Lavender

It is ideal for people with skin spots because it evens skin tone. It limits excessive sweating, deters moths. However, it is best known as a remedy for stress and sleep problems.

Basil

It has a whole range of applications such as cold, digestion, respiratory system, infections, blood circulation, pain relief, vomiting, and nausea, or reduction of itching. It is used to treat depression, migraine, melancholy, mental exhaustion, and nervous tension.

Patchouli

It improves the general condition of the body and beauty. It works as an aphrodisiac; it takes care of scars, dandruff, dry skin, and eczema. Refreshes the air and repels moles. It works soothingly in states of stress, depression, and medicine. Men use it during meditation and relaxation.

Ylang-ylang

It is generally used to treat depression, seborrhoea, and neuroses. It improves mood, relieves insomnia and menopausal symptoms. It helps in anxiety by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, slows down and deepens breathing. It is recommended to combine it with chamomile, rose or citrus.

Sandalwood   

It is an excellent medicine for inflammation, coughing, cold through lung ventilation. It supports memory, concentration, and resistance. It has a general effect on stress.

It is worth remembering that essential oils are a mixture of many compounds. The best are those that have only one ingredient. Do not use them directly on the skin, because they can irritate. You can dilute them in water or other oil. And always read the instructions on the packaging.

Homework:

Try one of the essential oils and describe your impressions.

Have a nice therapy

 

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