Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

For centuries, essential oils have been used for healing serious medical conditions. Jerome and Corinne have selected just a few oils well suited for the general public for general wellness conditions such as uplifting the spirits and calming the mind. Appropriate to our field, we have a few safe oils useful for joints and muscles. Aromatherapy may be included with many of the other therapies.

According to Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyle Consumer health article published in May 2017, “some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits.” According to the article, health benefits include…

•Relief from anxiety and depression
•Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions
•Improved sleep

Smaller studies suggest that aromatherapy with lavender oil may help:

•Reduce pain for people with osteoarthritis of the knee
•Improve quality of life for people with dementia
•Reduce pain for people with kidney stones

“Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. The highly concentrated oils may be inhaled directly or indirectly or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. Some essential oil manufacturers have oils that can be taken internally, but research on the safety and efficacy of this method is extremely limited.

Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.”

A simple muscle test can help determine which plant essential oil or combination would be best for you. Ask us during your next massage appointment.

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