The Secrets of Aromatherapy and its Therapeutic Uses

Aromatherapy is a branch of phytotherapy that is based on the use of oils extracted from nature (roots, seeds, leaves, flowers, and fruits of many plants) to heal different ailments.

The various illnesses include headaches, colds, sinusitis, skin problems such as herpes or hair loss; circulatory problems related to blood pressure; muscular ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, and sprains as well as psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression or even stress.

The first news of the use of aromatherapy goes back to the year 2000 BC when the Chinese emperor Kiwang-ti exposes, in his manual of medicine, the therapeutic properties of the oils of some plants.

Ayurveda from India also used essential oils and ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were not alien to the use of aromatherapy either. They used it to prevent insect bites, embalm their dead, heal wounds or improve the condition of their skin.

In the 10th century, the Crusades introduced in medieval Europe the knowledge of what was called Arabian perfumes and in this way, aromatherapy was known in Western therapeutics.

However, the use of oils in the way we know today is due to the biochemist Marguerite Maury, who devised a technique to apply the oils in the nerve centers of the spine and on the face with the purpose of incorporating them, which in this way to the organism, specifically by means of massages, since through this, the oils penetrate through the capillaries and transport their virtues through the bloodstream.

At present, aromatherapy is becoming popular due to the growing number of spas that use massage and inhalation of these essences of nature as therapy to combat some diseases.

Therapeutic Uses of Different Essential Oils

Basil: Used for a headache and mental fatigue

Cinnamon: It has aphrodisiac properties and is a good mental stimulant.

Cedar: It is very suitable to overcome the states of stress, combined with lavender, it achieves a sedating effect.

Cypress: It helps in cases of anguish.

Eucalyptus: It combats colds.

Geranium: It is a repellent of insects and a promoter of acne healing processes.

Jasmine: It acts against depression and anxiety

Ginger: It combats rheumatic and muscular pains.

Lavender: It has analgesic and relaxing properties, ideal for insomnia and depression.

Lemon: It is an antiseptic, astringent and healing.

Tangerine: It is soothing and used as a sedative.

Chamomile: Used as a tranquilizer.

Mint: It stimulates the brain and clears the mind.

Romero: It stimulates memory.

Salvia: It relaxes and harmonizes sexuality.

Sandalwood: It is an effective tranquilizer that fights insomnia and helps improve the skin.

Thyme: It is considered as an antiseptic for the respiratory tract and as an antitussive.

Ylang-ylang: It combats insomnia and hyperactivity. It is also a powerful aphrodisiac.

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