Aromatherapy has been in the news more than ever before and there is good reason. It does have many reported and substantiated benefits. A few are noted below that we believe are particularly timely.
For the young at heart and active lifestyle fans:
For people back in school and living active lifestyles, aromatherapy can be an excellent solution for ridding lockers of stinky smells and pesky germs in backpacks, to elderly people who are living more sedentary lives, including Alzheimer’s.
Aromatherapy has many interpretations. Simply speaking, it is the use of essential oils from plants to promote physical and mental well-being. It has become a popular practice in spas and wellness centers, and many athletes and fitness enthusiasts are now incorporating it into their pre and post-workout routines. In addition, it is gaining widespread attention in long term care and aging establishment.
In active lifestyle locations:
In locker rooms and spas alike, aromatherapy can help create a calming and relaxing atmosphere, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mood and focus. Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree can help to alleviate sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and boost energy levels.
There are various ways to incorporate aromatherapy into these spaces, be there large or small areas.. One popular way is to use essential oil diffusers or sprays to dispense the oils into the air. Alternatively, athletes and active lifestyle advocates and weekend warriors can also apply essential oils topically, such as by using massage oils or adding a few drops into their bathwater.
It is important to note, however, that some essential oils can be irritating to the skin or cause allergic reactions to some people. Most especially if they are not pure and have synthetic fragrances in their formulas, which many do. It is recommended to consult a qualified aromatherapist or a healthcare professional before using any essential oils.
For the Elderly and in firmed:
Aroma therapy can be beneficial for individuals with long term chronic ailments and also Alzheimer's disease. Certain scents, according to professionals in the longevity arena and documented throughout history as well, like lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and lemon have been known to improve memory, reduce anxiety and improve mood. Those with Alzheimer's disease seem to respond positively to scented oils, which can be applied via massage, diffuser, or in a bath. Some research studies have shown that aroma-therapy candles containing lemon balm extract improve the mood and cognitive performance of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, indicating that aromatherapy can be safe and effective for patients with these ailments. While it by no means is a cure for Alzheimer's disease, the use of aroma therapy can improve the overall quality of life for patients. It has been reported to help calm anxiety, promote relaxation, and even enhance memory.
It is again, always important to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new treatments or therapies for individuals with any type of condition or ailment.