If you are what you eat, most people would be a processed sugar-filled cupcake. But in the world of aromatherapy, what you smell could cure what you eat, and even how you works, sleep, think and feel.
Once thought of as a pseudo-science, Aromatherapy has become a more recognized healing science. Even the National Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic find that it gives supportive care to cancer patients after the effects of chemotherapy. And psychiatrists, in greater numbers, are finding this type of therapy as a supplementary method of reducing patient stress and anxiety.
Essential oils are the tools of the trade for the aromatherapist. These potent oils are captured in small vials after a distilling process similar to making whiskey. They are made from flowers, fruit, tree bark, roots, and herbs.
Certified aromatherapists know the health benefits and may prescribe the essence of peppermint, bergamot, grapefruit to relieve headaches and increase one’s focus while lavender and Roman chamomile have a more calming effect.
Essential oils are mostly inhaled but they are also effective when absorbed by the skin when mixed with unscented lotions and creams.
As more health benefits of aromatherapy are recognized, the demand for essential oils is increasing. The global marketplace for these oils is expected to reach nearly $14 billion by 2024, projects Grand View Research, Inc.
The research firm finds that orange oil makes up nearly 30 percent of the global market and has the highest demand growth over the forecast period.
Here is a list of some of the other essential oil uses which are seeing an increase in demand.
Eucalyptus oil is derived from the plant’s leaves and roots and has properties which are effective in reducing joint inflammation and opening respiratory passages. The oil has a distinct, sweet, woody scent.
Witch Hazel is an astringent derived from a plant. It is most likely the only aftershave your father or grandfather ever used. It is still widely used in acne cleansing products.
Tea Tree oil is an effective disinfectant. It smells great but is best used as a topical skin care product. It heals cuts and abrasions and more serious infections like acne, scabies, athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Frankincense is derived from a milky white sap from a tree bark and then dried to for a gummy resin. It is very effective in cases of stress and anxiety and is known to boost the immune system.
Lavender oil is distilled from the bluish-purple flowers which are used often in potpourri. The scent has a calming effect and can strengthen one’s blood circulation.