Aromatherapy, the application of plant essential oils in disease prevention and preservation of health, has been in use since the ancient cultures of Babylon, India, Egypt, Greece, Rome and China, which is attested by many historical records. Its benefits were also known during the Middle Ages when it was believed that strong perfumes made of essential oils could prevent or stop spreading the plague.
Aromatherapy is a part of phytotherapy – a broader field of use of plants for human health. It is believed that active substances in essential oils generally improve the quality of life, mental health, and mood.
Applicable in all elements of human life, many use aromatherapy in cosmetics and beauty products. It is extremely efficient in treating many diseases and conditions as a supplementary therapy to the traditional medicine, and in many cases their effects are equal.
Depending on the method of use, the type and combination of essential oils, there are many physical and psychological positive effects of aromatherapy.
Especially beneficial and effective medical effects of essential oils are:
• Analgesic (relieves pain)
• sedative (soothing)
• antiseptic (prevents the growth of microbes on the tissue)
• diuretic (stimulates the passing of urine)
• astringent (tightens pores on the skin)
• antispasmodic (reduces or prevents cramps)
• facilitates expectoration
Additionally, essential oils have found a way to be used in treatment of many problems, such as:
• Respiratory infections
• headache, nausea, fatigue
• stress-related conditions
• gastrointestinal problems
• skin diseases, sores, and skin damage
• menstrual cramps and irregular cycle
• problems with blood circulation, relieve pain in muscles, joints, and bones
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