Aromatherapy treatment uses essential oils extracted from plants to help reduce anxiety or poor sleep. These oils are commonly extracted from flowers, herbs, bark, roots, peels, and petals, and these are the cells that give the plant its fragrance. When you use essential oils, choose the ones that are therapeutic and 100% pure such as Doterra.
The most common oils used in aromatherapy include lavender, peppermint, frankincense, lemon, and tea tree.
The idea behind aromatherapy involves activating the right parts of your body to feel less stressed. Your smell receptors in your nose will send positive messages to your brain, activating your limbic system, which is a key centre for emotions in the body. It could also allow your hypothalamus to release feel-good chemicals, like serotonin, into your system. This combination should allow you to rest easier and feel more relaxed.
Aromatherapy is strictly used as a supplementary treatment, and should not be substituted for regular medical treatment. It has been shown to improve rates of recovery and the healing process while undergoing other treatments by providing the body with positive energy and the ability to relax. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with regular treatment to help:
- Reduce stress, anxiety, or depression
- Improve sleep by boosting feelings of relaxation
- Improve the quality of life for people that live with chronic conditions
- Reduce particular kinds of pain, including from kidney stones, osteoarthritis in the knee, or cancer
- Can kill bacteria on the skin
Although aromatherapy is widely considered to be safe, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering trying the treatment. Essential oils may cause some eye or skin irritation, and occasionally irritate the mucous membranes in your nose. Be aware, essential oils do not cause any allergic reaction if the oils are 100% therapeutic grade because the protein from the plant or fruit is taken away through the process of distillation.
DoTerra essential oils can be taken internally as a dietary supplement but it is optional. If you feel uncomfortable taking the oils internally, then use them on your feet instead. Essential oils are also not required to be regulated, which means you should be careful with any oils you might feel unsure about. It’s always important to consult an aromatherapist or a doctor if you are new to aromatherapy, to ensure you are fully aware of everything you need to know.
If you think aromatherapy is right for you, and you are looking for a registered aromatherapist in the Langley, BC area, Reach Optimal Health and our resident therapists can help you to answer any questions you need to ensure you are fully informed. We specialize in a variety of treatments, including aromatherapy, foot reflexology, and light therapy. If you would like to get started on your first aromatherapy session, give us a call today, and book your appointment. Start feeling your optimal self!