Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help restore balance and alleviate unwanted symptoms in the body. The use of essential oils has been utilized for centuries. Essential oils are derived from plants, fruits, and herbs and concentrated into a liquid. Once in liquid form these oils can be used in a variety of ways.
According to a variety of resources, including the National Cancer Institute, these oils work by affecting the receptors in the olfactory bulb located in the limbic system of the brain. By stimulating these specific receptors in the brain, the brain in turn releases hormones producing the desired effects in the body.
The effects can range from increased immune system, emotional/mood changes, hormone changes, reduce inflammation, decrees stress, aid in sleep disorders and even be used as an analgesic.
Essential oils can also be used for their antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Several books have been published explaining how aromatherapy has been used for centuries to cure everything from skin disorders to life threatening illness.
Essential oils can be combined with a base oils and applied topically to the skin. Without the combination of the base oil, some essential oils can burn or cause sensitivity to the skin, due to their high level of concentration.
Essential can be used to make a variety of products depending on what application works best for the client.