Aromatherapy is a type of therapy that uses the aroma of essential oils to heal a person’s soul, mind, and body. It is an ancient technique of healing and improving the health of people by the use of natural aromatic agents, known as essential oils extracted from shrubs, herbs, fruits, flowers, roots, bark and resins of some trees. And it has been given the modern name of aromatherapy. Essential oils contain a mixture of unsaturated and saturated hydrocarbons, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones, ethers, phenols, terpenes, and oxides, which mainly have a distinctive odor. The inhalation and external use of these oils are used for the treatment of mental and physical health of individuals.
Before the rise of the first human civilization, tribes may have noticed different plants, which emit a characteristic odor and which have different effects. It is from this that many folkloric remedies were developed.
Distillation of plant products into essential oils used to occur in Egypt since 400 BCE. The Egyptians used cedar wood oil to conserve mummies. Thus the Egyptians were the first to extract essential oils from plants. Although aromatherapy is based on the knowledge of nearly 6000 years collected by various civilizations, the term aromatherapy was first coined about 65 years ago by a French chemist who devoted his entire life to studying vegetable oils with botanical properties. Was.
Aromatherapy works on the mind and body simultaneously. The human sense of smell is powerful and can distinguish between about 10,000 scents. This power of smell is used to provide many health benefits in aromatherapy. The place of action for these essential oils are the veins that pass from the nose to the brain. These essential oils activate certain neurotransms of the brain when inhaled. Chemicals like serotonin, endorphins, etc. are used to send messages from the brain to many parts of the body. Emotions such as fear, love, desire, sorrow, satisfaction and trust are controlled and hence emotional balance is achieved. Aromatherapy used various combinations of essential oils to treat depression, headaches, indigestion, respiratory problems, skin diseases, insomnia, joint swelling, urinary complications, and many other diseases.