What is aromatherapy?
Aroma means scent, and therapy means treatment. Aromatherapy, then, is the use of the fragrant parts of aromatic plants to improve your health and general well being. First, of course, aromatherapy offers pure enjoyment. Taking a whiff of a spice in your kitchen or a bouquet of flowers is fundamental aromatherapy.
What are the benefits of aromatherapy in skin rejuvenation?
During an aromatherapy skin treatment, after analyzes your skin and determines which essential oils will most benefit your skin type. Then steams your face and applies a scrub or peel to clean out any clogged pores. We also add certain essential oils into the mask to complement your personal preferences for a specific scent or mood.
Having a treatment is usually a relaxing experience, which can be enhanced with the use of an essential oil with relaxing or stress-relieving properties. Some essential oils are known for their ability to induce relaxation, such as lavender and peppermint, which are also good for sensitive skin or skin prone to rashes.
Soothe the Skin
Some essential oils have skin-soothing properties. Lavender and rose are well-known for their ability to calm irritated skin. However, other oils, such as tea tree, geranium or lemongrass can soothe acne-prone skin and bring the skin back into balance. Some oils, such as tea tree, have astringent properties, which can help to regulate oily skin. A mixture of several essential oils may be recommended if your skin is particularly problematic. Certain blends can also help combination skin, such as a blend of tea tree oil and patchouli, which can moisturize dry skin.
Certain essential oils can be used in combination with an exfoliating treatment such as a scrub or peel, especially if you want to get rid of rough, flaky or dry skin. Exfoliation is generally beneficial for most skin types, although caution is advised for those with sensitive skin. Essential oils that may have exfoliating properties include lemongrass, basil and tea tree oil.
Certain oils have certain functions:
- Detoxifying essential oils such as juniper, cypress, fennel and lemon are essential in helping the body eliminate toxins. They should be used in massage oils.
- Anti-inflammatory oils such as German chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, spike lavender, sweet marjoram and rosemary can be used in acne treatments.
- Massaging aromatic oils into your skin is another way to benefit from aromatherapy.
General benefits of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has many other benefits, too. Inhaling the appropriate fragrance can reduce stress, lift a depression, hasten a good night's sleep, soothe your soul, or give you more energy. Aromatherapy is already helping office workers stay alert while doing repetitive mental tasks. And hospitals are experimenting with using aromatherapy to help patients relax so that other healing modalities can do their job.
Aromatherapy, then, is very versatile and can be used in many different ways to treat a wide range of physical and emotional problems.