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Posted By PURE Holistic Wellness Center on 01/26/2018 in Health & Wellness

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils. Essential oils are made using dozens of different medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots and trees grown from all over the world. Holistic and natural practitioners turn to aromatherapy for the many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of aromatic essential oils. Essential oils for over thousands of year have proven, powerful effects on improving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being among cultures spanning the globe.

So what is aromatherapy used for? According to research studies, some of the most common reasons that people use it essential oils include managing pain, improving sleep quality, reducing stress, overcoming symptoms of depression, soothing sore joints, focus and concentration, insect repellent, burns, infections, arthritis, lung congestion, headaches and even battling the effects of cancer.

Today, you’re likely to find over fifty different therapeutic-grade essential oils available in health food stores and online (although many more than this exist). Some popular aromatic oils you might recognize include lemon, tea tree, lavender, and peppermint oils used in everything from toothpaste, shampoo, soap and laundry detergent.

Aromatherapy has been studied in connection with improving both short-term health problems, along with more serious disorders. Research shows that anyone with the following health conditions can likely benefit from aromatherapy:

  • Chronic stress or anxiety or depression
  • Insomnia and trouble sleeping or Fatigue
  • Muscle and Joint pain
  • Respiratory infections
  • IBS and other digestive disorders
  • PMS or menopause symptoms
  • Skin problems including bites, rashes, bruising, cellulite or acne
  • Blood sugar fluctuations
  • Cancer
  • Tooth and gum disease

Depending on a person’s specific medical history, allergies or level of sensitivity, certain types of aromatherapy oils are not recommended. Most essential oils should be kept away from infants and children, unless otherwise noted. If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, always make sure that any essential oil you use for aromatherapy is safe and won’t pose any risk because many can. Potential risks include ingesting large amounts/intentional misuse, which can cause toxicity; skin irritation, especially when used in large amounts it is recommended to test on you skin first.

With essential oils, more is not always better. Always start with the lowest dose possible.

In general, only use oils internally when you know for sure they’re completely pure and you have no medical condition requiring that you take medications that can interact with oils. Using essential oils internally can sometimes be toxic and very harmful, so do your research and ask a professional for an opinion if you ever have any concerns or questions.

For tips about talking with your health care providers -- PURE recommends always that you tell all your health care providers about any alternative practices you choose to use. Do this during your routine visits, examining physicians normally do not ask the patience about alternative practices being used. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

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