By Rebecca Ribeiro
On March 15, 2001
Aromatherapy emerged in the early 20th century, but it was in the last decade that it began to gain more fame. It is a treatment that is based on the use of essential oils for the care of various diseases, this form of therapy conquers many followers. For this reason, we spoke with an expert on the subject to clarify doubts and talk more about the topic.
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What is aromatherapy and what is it for
According to Marilda Souza, a specialist in natural therapies, formed by the Brazilian Institute of Aromatherapy, oils are complex substances that contain hundreds of chemical compounds, when extracted, they are beneficial to health. Thus, aromatherapy acts on the limbic system which, with the stimulation of aromas, triggers neurochemical sensors that produce different actions, such as sedatives, relaxants or stimulants.
Because they are extracted from natural compounds, aromatherapy oils are able to bring benefits to the mind and body. Thus, each oil used contains properties that act in a different and unique way in our body. So, learn about 5 benefits that this technique produces.
- Reduced stress and anxiety: some oils, such as lavender, have compounds that, when inhaled or massaged in certain areas, act as natural relaxants, helping to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation: Essential oils can be used in lymphatic drainage massages and edema, and are moisturizing for all skin types, according to the expert.
- Reduces pain: there are oils that, when massaged over sore muscles, work to relieve tension, such as rosemary oil and, for muscle pain, eucalyptus oil. In addition, they can act to reduce cramps and cramps, such as lavender.
- Strengthens the immune system: with the help of oils it is possible to strengthen the immune system, as some have antiviral actions, such as eucalyptus oil.
- Regenerates the skin: As the expert says, oils like patchouli can be used to treat psoriasis and other skin problems. In addition to helping in wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, hair treatment, seborrhea and dandruff.
There are several safe methods of use to perform aromatherapy, such as inhalation, massages, compresses, sitz baths, foot baths, bandages and diluted in creams, shampoos, perfumes and ointments. However, they must always be guided by a specialist, says Marilza, so that they can be used safely and effectively.
From the leaves, flowers, stem, roots and resins, among other elements of plants, essential oils are extracted by steam distillation. Such an action can be performed in several different ways, and each oil contains a purpose. Check out the top 10 oils used in aromatherapy.
- Lavender oil: this oil acts as a healing, analgesic and anti-infective, being excellent for health. In addition, according to Marilza, lavender has a great emotional power, promoting well-being in people with anxiety and difficulty sleeping.
- Rosemary oil: rosemary is good for lung health, acting as an expectorant and mucolytic. Being also hypotensive, it helps in blood circulation, reducing the appearance of varicose veins.
- Malaleuca oil: like rosemary oil, malaleuca is an excellent healer and is great for dermatological purposes. At the same time, it is great for treating wounds and dermatitis of the scalp, among other functions. In terms of the mind, the malaleuca has a renewing action and helps to purify the heavy energies, according to Marilza.
- Sweet orange oil: this oil, on the other hand, stands out for its performance in the digestive system, being thus an excellent intestinal and diuretic regulator. For use in massages it is great for lymphatic drainage, in addition to moisturizing all skins.
- Eucalyptus oil: for those looking for more focus on daily life, aromatherapy can help with eucalyptus oil, as it helps to be assertive. In health it can be used for cough, sinusitis, asthma, rhinitis, in addition to being an antiviral and an expectorant used to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema.
- Patchouli oil: widely used in skin treatments, such as wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, athlete’s foot, hair treatment, patchouli has properties that were widely explored in the 60s by perfumers. Currently, it is also used in aromatherapy to help eliminate fatigue, anxiety, frigidity and stress.
- Sage oil clarifies: this oil acts as a hormonal regulator, stimulating hepatobiliary and adrenocortical glands. According to Marilza, it is indicated for asthma, throat irritation, flatulence, acne, dry, oily or inflamed skin, dermatitis, eczema and hair loss. Its use should be moderate according to the therapeutic indication.
- Bergamot oil: bergamot oil is used to combat tension and stress, as well as to treat urinary infections and stomach problems. Not to mention its effectiveness for acne and psoriasis.
- Rosehip oil: excellent for treating burns and wounds on the skin, rosehip oil also has an action that disguises marks and takes care of inflammations. In addition, it is an excellent moisturizer.
- Peppermint oil: finally, peppermint oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory action which contributes to health. Another very interesting function is its performance in colic and nausea.
Aromatherapy has great health benefits and its oils can bring physical and emotional benefits to those who use them. However, always seek a specialist to know the correct dosage of each oil, in addition to monitoring. Finally, if you are interested in the subject, check out the benefits of copaiba oil and its incredible properties.
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