The Science of Essential Oil in Aromatherapy


Aromatherapy is an effective and deeply pleasurable way to maintain the body and mind well-being. It became one of the popular alternative healing methods in the United States. The aromatherapy has as well become a challenge to conventional medicine. Its concepts can be grasped intuitively; however, few people realize that scientific proof does, in fact, exist for many of the uses for aromatherapy. It is highly important for you to be provided a scientific basis for the efficacy of essential oils, explained clearly and logically.

To start aromatherapy treatment, you need to know how essential oils interact with the different systems of the body and how they affect emotional states as well as physical ones. You also need to understand and have a clear explanation on how to treat symptoms ranging from hay fever to stress disorders with predictable results. Aromatherapy students who wish to take their practice to the next level will find that much of the guesswork used in developing formulas is no longer necessary. Professional aromatherapists will turn the art of healing with essential oils into good medicine for the next century.

Here are the aspects you need to know about essential oils before starting aromatherapy treatment:

1. Definition and distillation. Knowing what essential oils really is in and out, which includes the types of distillation, chemical components and history of the aromatherapy oil are being discovered and produced. Understanding its terminology and composition; so is the spectrum action of their components.

2. The effects. Research shows that essential oils have different characteristics which carry various effects to humans on actual applications. Data comparison from different studies results have been published on aromatherapy oils effects. In many cases, they are with different contents have comparable effects such as antibacterial effects, antiviral effects, inhalation, expectorant effects, sedative and antispasmodic effects.

3. The risks. It is fine if you wish to begin aromatherapy treatment yourself with essential oils. However, beware of the real and potential risks within each oil type. Being cautious to what you are allergy to and also, your skin sensitivity to the oils are crucial. Clinical practice has uncovered possible contraindications for some oils, meaning oils that normally would be unproblematic exert a negative or detrimental effect in the case of an already existing illness.

4. Choosing the right essential oils. Reading the descriptions very carefully is a must. The essential oils’ structure-effect diagram is provided not only allows us to create optimal combinations, but offers us a deeper understanding of the effects of both individual oils and their components, not forgetting the relationship between chemical structure and the effects too.

5. Applications. There are various methods of application in aromatherapy treatment; namely, oral, external, suppositories, mouth and throat, the nose, inhalation and shower; each with its distinct way of absorption. Taking into accounts how quickly the aromatherapy oils are both absorbed by and eliminated from the body, each essential oil make itself useful to the areas of use such as bruises, burns, injuries, scars, infectious illnesses, stress-relevant sicknesses, respiratory conditions, skin conditions and etc.

In the future, aromatherapy and other alternative methods which rely on natural substances to unite psychological and physical healing will become increasingly more important. Many holistic healing methods are still unjustifiably lumped into the category of quackery and hocus pocus, but more and more science is turning to the interdependence of body and mind and is gaining insight into the control mechanisms of the brain and their influence on the emotions and the immune system. Considering all of this, the mechanism in which essential oils work is even more complex than as has been known thus far and much more effective than that of a one-dimensional, isolated substance.


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