Without smell, we would not be able to detect if there are poisons in the air, if the leftovers you are about to eat are still good, if the perfume you wish to wear, really smells good. Smelling can be powerful by helping you jog your memory or igniting your emotions. That is why it is no surprise that aromatherapy has been around since Ancient Egyptians 3,500 years ago.
Aromatherapy can help relieve symptoms, such as nausea, anxiety, pain, etc. through different scents. These scents come from natural plants that are processed into oils, such as lavender from a lavender flower, rose from rose plants, etc. Each of these scents has its own power over the human body.
There are a variety of oils that are used to help patients manage their symptoms. It is important to find essential oils that are made 100% pure. Some companies add to their essential oils, which takes always from the properties that help you feel better. This is one of the reasons why researchers do not have congruent studies about essential oils.
As Time magazine pointed out, there are numerous factors that can contribute to the benefits of essential oils. For example, when caregivers put on a lemon balm to care for dementia patients, they couldn’t tell if the smell improved dementia patients health or if it was the combination of caregivers attention and lemon balm.
This matters because if it was a combination of the two, then that would mean that the balm needs to be accompanied with an additional variable. Yet there have been other studies on smaller groups that confirm that aromatherapy works to alleviate symptoms. Ultimately, it depends on the user if it is beneficial to them or not.
Essential Oils of Aromatherapy
Some common essential oils we use on our patients are listed below. Take a look below to learn more about some oils!
Lavender is one of the more common essential oils. Some benefits of lavender are:
- Reduce skin imperfections
- Promotes peaceful sleep
- Ease feelings of tensions
Peppermint is not only used during Christmas. Peppermint is a cooling oil that can benefit you in numerous ways. Some benefits are:
- Repel bugs naturally
- Helps soothes muscles
- When taken internally, it can help with digestion and respiratory
Ginger is used in numerous Asian cuisine dishes, yet that is not it’s only beneficial use. Ginger can help with a variety of health factors:
- Healthy digestion
- Bloating, gas, indigestion
Clary sage is one of the oldest natural remedies. It was used in the middle ages to smooth skin. Currently, clary sage is used to help with relaxation.
- Calms & soothes skin
- Helps maintain healthy hair & scalp
- Promotes relaxation & restful sleep.
31 Herbs are a mixture of essential oils that can help you in numerous ways:
- Muscle & joint pain
- Muscle tension
- Dizziness or drowsiness caused by low blood pressure
- Tension that causes Headache and migraines
At AIM Women’s Wellness Center, we use a variety of essential oils. There are numerous other essential oils that can help with a variety of needs. Our wellbeing specialists use these oils to massage onto your body. All of these oils and more can be bought at our office for personal use. Don’t be afraid to stop by and inquire about the essential oils you can use to help your wellness.