Aromatherapy is an ever-growing wellness trend, with more mainstream practice in recent years. It’s all about a whiff of a particular scent, which can boost your mood, reduce your stress and even provide you a dose of daily zen. But are all these just beliefs or facts? Let’s find out what’s the experts are saying.
According to Nova Covington, the CEO of Goddess Garden and a certified aromatherapist, this is all about a form of botanical science, where plant-based distilled essential oils are used to create various scent profiles. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts, prepared from leaves, plants, flower petals, citrus peels, etc. These unadulterated pure botanical oils are the core of aromatherapy, which is nothing but a holistic healing treatment. Using just the goods from Mother Nature, aromatherapy promotes happiness, health, and vitality.
Though applied and practiced in recent times, the root of aromatherapy is based on the ancient knowledge of using native plants for medicinal purposes, which was prevalent in most cultures worldwide throughout the history of mankind. As aromatherapy expert Kelly Fowler, an instructor at The Soma Institute, informs that, the Middle East bears the credit of creating the distillation process to make organic essential oils. But it started to be used widely only during the 1900s. The term ‘aromatherapy’ is coined by French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who brought it under public knowledge and wider practice.
It’s not wrong if you feel skeptical about the health benefits of just sniffing some scents. While aromatherapy is not a cure-all solution, it does include some promising perks. Several recent studies have suggested the following effective health and lifestyle benefits of aromatherapy:
• Helping in healthy sleep patterns by aiding in a sound sleep.
• Coping with depression and anxiety by helping in managing stress and relaxing.
• Feeling calm and improving mood.
• Clearing sinuses and relieving pains.
• Improving the quality of life, especially for patients with chronic health conditions.
• Boosting energy and focus by encouraging deep and diaphragmatic breathing.
• Setting a relaxing or energetic (whichever preferable) surrounding tone.