Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated by the effect of the aromas that flow from many plants, grasses, resins, fruits and barks. Quickly noticed the beneficial effects of the scents.The Aromatherapy
The term aromatherapy was coined in the last century. In 1928, the French chemist René Gattefossé began his experiments with fragrances that were used in cosmetics and perfumes.
His findings in relation to the healing properties of many plant essences he summarized under the term “aromatherapy” together. Aromatherapy stands and falls with the essential oils and their quality. It is important that it is “100 percent pure essential oil”.
Essential oils are mixtures of lipophilic substances. For example, lavender oil consists of 160 different substances. They are extracted from the plants by distillation with steam.
Most essential oils have an aromatic, characteristic odor. Most of the oils contain so-called monoterpenes . These are chemical compounds that can easily pass through the cell membranes of the body.
It is thus possible to detect cineol and camphor in the blood just ten minutes after inhalation. After about 20 minutes, their highest concentration is reached, after about three hours, the blood is again free of these terpenes.
However, how people perceive the scents is very different. Because the sense of smell in the brain is closely linked to the emotional realm, the perception of fragrances is associated with memories and feelings.
One reminds, for example, of lavender scent to his beloved grandmother, the other to the annoying aunt. Even rose scent is not perceived by every person as equally beneficial.
It’s also up to your own health how odors are absorbed. A Kiel study has shown that depressive people could not smell faint odors, whether pleasant or unpleasant. In high concentrations, there was no difference to healthy people.
But also the cultural background is important in the evaluation of an odor. What Orientals love as a heavy, sensual fragrance, Europeans often reject as pompous.
The Effect Of The Fragrance
Just a few drops of a pure natural, essential oil are enough to achieve the desired effect. Through the nose, the scent molecules enter the limbic system , the part of the central nervous system that is responsible for memories, emotions and sexuality.
The effect that is achieved naturally depends on the individual fragrance. Here are some of the most popular oils:
- Eucalyptus activates and supports breathing. A helper for cough and congested bronchi.
- Fennel calms and relaxes and smells warm, spicy and aniseed. The oil has a relaxing, deflating and digestive effect. It strengthens the stomach, promotes blood circulation, detoxifies and expectorants.
- Lavender lightens the mood, relieves tension, relieves headaches, combats insomnia and heals burns. A lavender pillow in the closet dispels the moths and also lets the laundry smell good.
- Peppermint oil not only refreshes, but also helps with colds, nausea and gastrointestinal problems.
- Rose oil is known as an aphrodisiac, but also relieves stress, sleep disorders, headaches and skin inflammation.
- Tea tree oil sheds viruses and bacteria, relieves itching and has a decongestant effect. The oil is recommended for acne, herpes, nail bed infections, insect bites and earache.
- Lemon oil has a stimulating, germicidal and antipyretic effect. It promotes concentration.
- Orange calms and helps to harmonize digestion.
How To Do It
There are several options for the use of essential oils. This includes the fragrance lamp . In the evaporation tray is first filled with water and then dropped the oil on it.
What matters is the right balance between the size of the shell and its distance from the heat source. The smaller the evaporation tray, the faster the water heats up. It must not simmer in any case, otherwise the oils burn in and change the scent and effect.
For colds many people rely on the proven inhalation . For this purpose, eucalyptus, peppermint, pine needle or thyme oil are added to a bowl of boiling water.
Hold your head over the container and cover it with a towel. So the vapors are deeply inhaled for up to ten minutes to release the secretions. The pharmacy also offers handy inhalers.
If you want to use the essential oils in a full bath , you should stir with a little cream, whole milk or honey. The emulsifiers contained in it prevent the oil from floating on the water surface. The temperature of the bath should be between 35 and 38 ° C, the bath time should not exceed 15 minutes.
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