What Makes Essential Oils so "Essential?"
Aromatherapy has been gaining momentum over the last few years as we look toward alternative, more natural approaches to manage our ailments with minimal side effects. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses fragrant plant extracts, called essential oils, to promote health and wellbeing. But aromatherapy is not just about inhaling perfumes or smells that we like. Air freshener is not aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses specific essential oils therapeutically to target ailments of the mind and body. There is a growing body of research from clinical studies that have demonstrated the healing properties of essential oils. For example, lavender essential oil helps to relax and calm the mind, and lemon essential oil helps to increase energy and focus. Aromatherapy has been found to be so beneficial that patients are now using essential oils to manage a variety of symptoms.
So how do you use essential oils? These oils can be diffused into the air and inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. When essential oils are diffused, the olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated which impacts the limbic system. The limbic system is that very important part of our brain that regulates our emotions and behavior. It is believed that the optimal approach is to apply essential oils topically, as this allows for both inhalation and absorption of the oils. Essential oil can be applied to pulse points using convenient roll-ons, or massaged into the skin using lotions.
If you haven’t yet dabbled in the world of aromatherapy, go for it! There are so many varieties to explore. We make it fun and use it with our kids by diffusing oils through bracelets and aromatherapy stuffed animals. It is safe to use lavender, peppermint, orange and ginger essential oils with kids over the age of five. At Dragonfly Delivery we love aromatherapy so much that it is represented in most of our gift boxes in one form or another. You can check out our aromatherapy offerings at dfdelivery.com.