It is still the month of mental health awareness and we’re just in time to introduce you to one of the best lifestyle choices your mental health and wellness will appreciate you for – Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that involves the use of natural plant extracts (essential oils) and other aromatic compounds to promote psychological and physical health and well-being.
Aromatherapy has been medically proven to treat and manage skin related issues, anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pains, stress-related and some cognitive disorders. These essential oils are also used by several people including the Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans for the production of cosmetics, perfumes and medicines for spiritual and mental hygiene.
Benefits of aromatherapy
- It boosts immunity
- Improves digestion
- Manages pain
- Fights bacteria, virus and fungus
- Treats headaches and migraines
- Reduces stress, agitation and anxiety
- Ease discomforts and labor
- It promotes health and well being
Side effects of aromatherapy
- One can experience an allergic reaction
- Another downside is that many oils are not pure
- When purchasing aromatherapy oil, you may notice that some of the quality, pure oils are of very high prices.
- Some essential oils can be damaging to skin, liver and other organs if used wrongly.
- Some people experience nausea, lightheadedness, mild or severe headaches when undergoing aromatherapy treatment.
To avoid these side effects, it is important to consult an aromatherapist to help choose the right oil based on your concerns, how you feel, your skin type and any ailments that you would like to treat.
How does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy methods may involve topical application, massage, inhalation, water immersion, but some of the most popular ones include:
- The old-fashioned way: it is a process of taking in a deep breath of the aroma after opening the bottles.
- Diffuser method: this is a process of mixing essential oils and water in an essential oil diffuser and turning on the magic.
- Dry evaporation: put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma as it disperses.
- Steam inhalation: This involves putting a towel over your head, and your head over a bowl of steaming water infused with few drops of essential oil and taking in the steam with deep breaths.
What are Essential oils?
Essential oils are gotten from flowers, herbs, tree plants like barks, roots, peels and petals. They contain cells that provide plants with fragrance and “essence/remedies” which are extracted through sun steeping, or boiling the flower in water, to become essential oils.
It is important to note that all products made with plants essence are not essential oils. True essential oils are not blended with other chemicals or fragrance. They are made following a systematic process that doesn’t change the chemistry of the plant.
Essential oils used mostly in aromatherapy included lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, rosemary, cedarwood oil, copaiba balsam oil, bergamot oil, geranium oil, frankincense oil, myrrh oil, citronella oils.
The ORÍKÌ Wellness Bar has these essential oils as well as the best aromatherapy service you’ll find.
Carrier oils are also available during your aromatherapy massage. Remnants of your oils can be taken along with you and you can add droplets of them to your cleaning products or diffuser to bring calmness into your space.
What are you waiting for? Visit the ORÍKÌ website to book an appointment and experience the beauty of wellness and its effect on your mental health.