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Aromatherapy: what it is and how it works

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Everything you need to know about aromatherapy and the use of essential oils to stay healthy at all times

When it comes to well-being, the techniques for taking care of yourself are many and varied. One of these is aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils to achieve a state of both physical and mental well-being. It is a branch of phytotherapy which, thanks to the use of oils extracted from plants, helps through various techniques to enjoy their benefits in a simple and natural way.

Aromatherapy: how it works

Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, works mainly through the diffusion of the scents of the essential oils used from time to time.

woman with essential oil
woman with essential oil

These are diluted in hot water and then diffused through special diffusers but also by means of candles or incense that can be impregnated with a few drops.

In the absence of pure oils, the herbs themselves can be used by letting them boil in water. What matters is choosing the right ones for every occasion. It is possible to take advantage of the benefits of aromatherapy also through massages that are performed by mixing a neutral cream with a few drops of pure essential oil.

In some cases, these can also be taken orally, but be careful that they are edible oils. As for the benefits, these range from relaxation to better digestion, covering the entire physical and mental sphere. In fact, using them helps to achieve good psychophysical health in a natural way.

Essential oils in aromatherapy: the most used

There are several essential oils, each with specific functions. Let’s see together which are the most common and what they are for.

Avanda , to soothe burns and relax the mind
– Birch, to stimulate diuresis
– Lemon, for memory and concentration
– Eucalyptus, to counteract sinusitis
– Mint, to relieve stress
– Grapefruit, against cellulite
– Thyme, to give strength
– Rosemary, to soothe intestinal infections
– Basil, to counteract fatigue and muscle pain
– Peppermint, to calm migraines

Of course, various essential oils can also be useful for other purposes. The essential oil of basil , for example, is also useful against muscle pain.

Warning: the use of essential oils is not to be considered as a substitute for doctor’s advice for the treatment of any pathologies. Furthermore, they should be avoided in case of allergies.

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