An essential oil, also called the carrier liquid, is an organic liquid containing the volatile aromatic chemicals from different plants. An essential oil is also commonly known as ethereal oil, volatile organic compounds, aethyldehydes, or the fragrance oil from the plant where they were extracted from, including cedar oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil. An essential oil can also be derived from the resin obtained from flowers, fruits, roots, bark, and leaves of a plant.
An essential oils aromatherapy benefits include: reducing stress, promoting rest, reducing fatigue, reducing muscle spasms and pain, improving mood, relieving headaches, and boosting the immune system. Many essential oils have been used in aromatherapy for centuries and today they are gaining recognition as a natural alternative to prescription drugs. Although there has not been much research on the effects of essential oils and aromatherapy, there are some things that you should know about essential oils aromatherapy benefits.
Essential oils contain a variety of chemicals including terpenes, phenols, vanillin, ethanolamine, isoprene, linalool, caryophylline, and linalool-epsoprene combinations. Terpenes are plant-derived organic compounds, which are known to act as “anesthetic” agents. In the case of essential oils, the smell is often described as a “rosemary-like” scent, but a few have been described as fruity like lemon or lime. The essential oils also are believed to have healing properties such as anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Essential oils provide numerous advantages over prescription drugs. For example, in aromatherapy the patient and/or the person administering the treatment are not exposed to chemicals that may be harmful. Because of the fragility of these compounds, there are few known side effects. Also, many essential oils do not have adverse interactions with other medicines and so the patient can use them safely in conjunction with other treatments, even for longer periods.
Essential oils aromatherapy benefits may also be due to their ability to penetrate the skin, enter the blood stream, and then be metabolized by the liver and kidneys. This process results in increased oxygenation of the body, which helps the body work better and heal itself. Essential oils can also be used to reduce inflammation, which is known to cause many types of chronic diseases and illness.
As mentioned earlier, the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils include relief from symptoms associated with various illnesses, including: depression, headaches, and fatigue. There is little evidence that these scents or oils are effective for treating or curing any type of cancer. However, there are reports that they have helped in relieving migraine headaches. There is no direct evidence to indicate that aromatherapy benefits are due to the enhancement of one’s mental health. Aromatherapy benefits include alleviating pain, depression, nausea, and headaches.
Some people report that essential oils aromatherapy benefits include enhancing memory and stimulating the brain. Because of the calming, relaxing properties of essential oils that are commonly used in aromatherapy, it is often used in conjunction with meditation, relaxation techniques, and other methods that are intended to calm the mind.
However, not all essential oils aromatherapy benefits are created equal. There are reports that there are negative effects on the body and respiratory system, although the exact role of essential oils is unclear.
There are several essential oil benefits that are believed to be related to the regulation of the circulatory and immune systems. These include: anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties. The most commonly reported effect is relief of migraine headaches. Although there are several other reported effects such as increased energy, better sleep, and increased mental clarity, there is no direct evidence to support the claims that essential oils aromatherapy benefits are linked to any positive effects on the heart or circulatory system.
Because it is difficult to scientifically verify the essential oil benefits of aromatherapy, it is impossible to state whether or not these products will actually help with any specific medical conditions, including: arthritis, epilepsy, cancer, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and even lung disease. However, there are some companies that are producing herbal-based aromatherapy products.
Some of these products contain the same essential oils as the original but there are differences in the amounts of each of the essential oils, as well as the way in which they are combined. These differences may not necessarily make the essential oil benefits worthless. However, the research studies to support these claims should be carefully conducted by professionals before a product is used to treat an individual’s condition.