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Essential oils have been used for over 6,000 years due to their vital medicinal and aromatic properties. Today, the essential oil is often used in aromatherapy and naturopathy.
Essential oils are concentrated liquid extracts of plant roots, bark, seeds, leaves, and flowers, that retain the natural scent and flavor, or "essence," of their source. They are compounds obtained through stream/ water distillation or mechanical methods, like cold pressing. Each essential oil consists of unique volatile aromatic compounds which give its characteristic essence.
How Do Essential Oils Work?
Aromatherapy is, also known as essential oil therapy, is normally used through inhalation or skin absorption.
Inhalation: the essential oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser, spray, or activated shower steamer tablet. Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system-the part of the brain that includes all organs and cells relating to the sense of smell. The olfactory system is connected directly to the limbic system in the midbrain, where the emotions and memories are processed. During inhalation, the essential oils' volatile molecules enter the nose and stimulate the brain through receptor sites. These scent-related signals affect the limbic system's amygdala, which has direct links to those parts of the brain that control breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, hormone balance, stress levels, and memory. That explains why smells often set off flashbacks and emotions. In this way, many believe that essential oils can benefit the mind, body, and mood.
Topical application: Essential oil containing bath & body products, massage oils, and skincare are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the skin where the oil is to be applied can promote blood circulation and speed up absorption.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils in aromatherapy support the conventional treatment of various conditions.
In addition to the above claims, anecdotal data supports those essential oils are effective in toothache & mouth sores, skin conditions like psoriasis, and digestive disorders.
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