What is Aromatherapy?
The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.”
Aromatherapy uses essential oils which can be extracted from flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, and roots. While there is not much evidence to support its effectiveness in treating or preventing any illness, there are several studies that have found it to be an effective therapy method.
And hey, who doesn’t love the smell of a good essential oil during a massage or bubble bath?
3 Aromatherapy Benefits for Your Life
1. Eradicates Stress
Aromatherapy sounds relaxing, right? Well, there’s science backing it up. Aromatherapy using lavender scents has been shown to reduce stress.
In one study, participants who were using aromatherapy felt less pain and had reduced stress levels during a stressful situation, compared to participants who were not using aromatherapy.
Other research showed reduced stress levels in cancer patients who had undergone aromatherapy treatment.
2. Combats depression
Citrus and vibrant aromas have uplifting tendencies that tend to reduce the effects of depression. If you’re down in the dumps, get a massage with essential oils and that will guaranty to help put a smile on your face.
3. Pain Management
One of the best benefits of aromatherapy is that it can relieve pain. Clary sage is a great natural scent used for the reduction of pain and is most commonly known for its success for relieving menstrual pains.