Aromatherapy Massage is Swedish massage therapy using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils). During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.
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The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage are:
Drugs used to treat pain can cause side effects on the body. Pain is one of the common conditions that can be overcome with an aromatherapy massage. Bergamot, black cumin, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, thyme, vetiver, wintergreen, and yarrow oil are good to relieve pain.
– Blood Circulation Improver
The blood flow increases to the muscles and vital organ when parts of the body are gently manipulated with an aromatherapy massage. Cypress, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper berry, and sandalwood are recommended to encourage blood circulation and strengthen capillaries.
– Depression Reliever
We can use aromatherapy to relieve depression. The side effects are milder than pharmaceutical antidepressants. Psychiatrists are also needed to assess whether depression is continuing or worsening. Aromatherapy experts recommend bergamot, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, orange, peppermint, lavender, and patchouli essential oil to reduce depression.
– Digestive Problems Healer
Certain digestive problems such as constipation, indigestion, and bloating can be treated with the aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage can speeds up metabolism. So the body can digest foods faster. Citrus essential oils including lemon and orange are usually best to treat digestive conditions. Some studies suggest chamomile, clary sage, dill, fennel, ginger, lavender, and oregano.
– Energy Booster
Caffeine, nicotine, energy pills, or narcotics have devastating effects on the body. Diet and exercise can also help, but many people use aromatherapy to get a bit more excitement. Some essential oils boost energy and stimulate the body and mind without harmful side effects. Angelica, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary oil and sage oils can boost energy.
– Facial Improver
Essential oils are micronized particles of the plant’s properties. The therapeutic compound is so tiny that 10,000 units would cover the head of a pin. They are able to penetrate cell membranes and are received by the bloodstream within five minutes of inhalation. Aromatherapy massage can repair fine lines, maturing skin, Rosacea, sun damage or acne.
Facial aromatherapy massage balance the two main principles of skin care: cleansing or detoxifying and nourishing or regenerating. It also introduces active phytochemistry via essential oils in the base oil. All essential oils have an element that can not be manufactured in any laboratory which is vital life force.
– Headaches Reliever
Aromatherapy is a great solution to relieve headaches, reducing stress and anxiety. Bergamot, birch, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, melissa, marjoram, peppermint, Roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, sandalwood oil, spearmint, and sweet basil oil can relieve headaches and migraine. We can also mix this oil with a carrier oil and spread it to skin, scalp, neck, and temple. Almond oil, avocado, coconut, apricot, and sesame oil are good carrier oils for headaches.
– Immune System Enhancer
Aromatherapy can enhance the immune system. Essential oils have the antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial effect. It can protect us from illnesses and infections. Cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, and peppermint essential oils boost the immune system. A study had proved that serum cortisol level was reduced significantly after aromatherapy massage.
– Insomnia Healer
Lack of sleep can cause medical problems, fatigue and lack of energy. Aromatherapy can help to overcome the problem of insomnia. So the patients can have sound and quality sleep. Agarwood, benzoin, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, Roman chamomile, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oils cure insomnia disorder.
– Memory Improver
Alzheimer’s is still considered an incurable disease. But there are certain ways to reduce or slow its progression. Aromatherapy massage becomes an alternative to treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia disease. Basil, Cyprus, peppermint, rosemary, Sage Oil are recommended oils to improve memory. Another way to prevent Alzheimer is by consuming turmeric. Read more about benefits of turmeric here.
– PMS Reliever
Birch, chamomile, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, rose, and ylang-ylang is essential oil used to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.
– Stress Reliever
We can use aromatic compounds of different essential oils as relaxants. It can help to calm the mind and relieve anxiety. Bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, rose, rosewood, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oil can relieve stress. Several studies have shown that lemon oil can improve mood. Lavender essential oil produces an effect similar to anti-anxiety medications like lorazepam which work by stimulating serotonin production.
– Toxin Removal
The gentle manipulation of the body along with the scent of essential oils encourage lymphatic drainage that assists in the elimination of toxins. Clove, lemon, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon tea tree, mart, may chang, mint family, myrrh, neem, rosemary, valerian root, is essential oil helpful in the toxins removal from the body.
– Wound Healer
Many essential oils are beneficial to stimulate the wound healing. This can be caused by the increased oxygen flow and blood circulation to the wound that needs to be cured. Anti-microbial properties keep the body protected during the healing phase. Buckthorn, calendula, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemon, oregano, peppermint, rosehip, rosemary, sandalwood oil, and tea tree oil can speed up the healing process. Some people use aromatherapy to overcome skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.
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