Essential oils are used in aromatherapy to relax and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy has had a lot of good press in recent years, but the concept has been around for thousands of years; the Romans, ancient Greeks and ancient Egyptians all knew the value of what today we call aromatherapy, and used essential oils.
There are many different essential oils used in aromatherapy. Some of the good introductory oils include lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. While these and other essential oils can improve quality of life on a physical, emotional and even a spiritual level, they affect different people in different ways, and no two people are going to have the same experience from the same oils.
Some people make immediate emotional associations through the aromatherapy experience; they may associate the aroma with a personal experience. It may also affect the person’s awareness and produce energizing or relaxing sensations.
In spite of the term aromatherapy, it is not exclusively an olfactory experience. Some essential oils may be applied topically and absorbed through the skin, directly into the body’s fluids. This can stimulate the immune system, help to eliminate toxins from the body, promote new cell growth, aid digestion, and have other beneficial effects.
Raven Zaal received her Certification as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is the founder and CEO of Health Life and Oils, has an MBA, and is working toward a postgraduate degree in Behavior Modification and Special Education.