A good aroma can do much more than just scent. Essences - considered the vital forces of plants - are usually obtained from flower, leaf, seeds and bark have calming, toning, antibacterial, astringent and even aphrodisiac properties as well as helping to minimize stress problems and help with aesthetic treatments.
Recently the cosmetic industry has used many of these benefits by incorporating the aromas into their products. Because it requires a very large quantity of plants - to give you an idea, it takes almost 1 ton of petals to get 1 liter of rose oil - normally the essence is diluted in another vegetable oil that will serve as a vehicle, hence the importance of use a good quality vehicle oil.
Essences, when inhaled, act directly in the limbic system, which is the area of the brain responsible for emotion, learning, and memory. The response will come through the nervous, immune or endocrine system, and sedation or body stimulation may occur. Inhalation is useful in relieving symptoms of respiratory diseases. The local application of the essences has antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
We can highlight the following ways of using aromatherapy:
Massage: It has a double beneficial effect, combining the therapeutic effects of massage - through the stimulation of the venous and lymphatic circulation and the relief of tension points - and the effects of the aromas that reach the brain through the sense of smell provoking sensations of pleasure and causing its relaxing and stimulating effects on the whole body.
Cosmetics: combines essences with products containing natural ingredients for skin, body and hair. The essences are considered to have a smaller molecule than synthetic and mineral oils, and they pass through the skin and reach the bloodstream and then act positively.
Olfactory: Through incense or inhalation made with diffusers that disperse the odor through the environment.
The main precautions are regarding the risk of overdosage when the oils are ingested. Example: Some people, knowing the digestive effects of peppermint oil put a few drops in the tea. A larger dosage - something that can easily occur - can cause intoxication, so always consult a therapist on this subject.
Another important care does not directly apply pure essence oil to the skin, which may cause possible allergic reactions in some people, hence the importance of diluting the essence.
Some aromas and their indications:
Oily essences, such as citronella, lavender or spearmint, are also useful as insect repellents. You can drip a few drops of these essences into cotton swabs and leave them close to doors and windows (be careful not to ingestion by small pets). Important: Oily essences are highly concentrated. You should not apply them undiluted directly to the skin as they may cause irritation. Sweet almond oil is a great vehicle for dilutions.
Lavender - In addition to the applications described above, it has healing and calming action, is analgesic and antidepressant. It may be indicated for people who are agitated or have migraines, depression, insomnia, acne, burns, lesions and insect bites.
It is considered one of the most versatile.
Tea tree - Antiseptic, antifungal properties, great anti-infective power being indicated for general disorders of the skin.
Pink: It has tonic, astringent and depurative properties. It is indicated against nervous tension, skin care, especially the sensitive and aged, in which case the water of roses is also good against wrinkles and inflammations.