Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine which affects the body by volatile (essential) aromatic substances derived primarily from plants.
The essential oils have dual therapeutic effects. The first one is the influence of aroma on the brain and its limbic system, which is involved in regulating the autonomic function of organs, olfaction, emotions, instinctive behaviors, memory, sleep and alertness.
The second one is the exposure to the volatile substances themselves that have a direct pharmacological effect.
A number of essential oil have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that deserve special attention. The substances contained in plants are natural to man and can strengthen the immune system, slow down aging, mildly affecting the conditions of internal organs and systems of the body. In addition, many oils have a calming effect, reduce stress, improve sleep and increase productivity efficiency.
Clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other treatments, show positive effects. Aromatherapy can not cure, but it can help your body to increase your immunity in a natural way, which, of course, can assist recovery.
Aromatherapy today is rather popular. Many people complaining of stress or fatigue are turning towards essential oils instead of taking tranquilizers or other drugs. Of course, the oils cannot replace serious treatment when a person needs acute aid, but they can complement it with success.
In my practice, I use essential oils in combination with other treatments. As a general rule, I recommend and use them only externally: applying on the skin, cold compresses, baths, and occasionally inhalation.