Out of all the senses bestowed on man, the sense of smell is the most underestimated one. Unlike humans, animals seem to respond to the sense of smell far more strongly. The sense of smell has a power of its own, it can evoke memories it can balance emotions and has far more benefits to humans than perceived.
Various researchers have time and again proved the effect of aromas on the human mind. Aromatherapy is one such technique that is used in the process of healing. It has been known to mankind since ages, aromatherapy has evolved with time but it has its roots in the ancient times when healers incorporated the use of plants and other natural components to heal both physical as well psychological ailments.
Also known as essential oil therapy, aromatherapy has yet to be completely explored for its aromatic and therapeutic uses. It works on the application of essential oils either through inhalation or skin absorption. Essential oils are extracted from plants, through the process of distillation, cold-pressed methods. These oils capture the essence, aroma, flavor of these plants and are mixed with a different carrier oil to produce the final product for the application.
To name a few, the most popularly used essential oils are Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lemongrass (we will discuss the benefits of each in a different article). The various benefits of these oils though include stress relief, mood-enhancing, and pain relief.
There are certified aromatherapists available nowadays. Many spa and yoga studios too offer aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. While it helps in reducing stress and other ailments, it has yet not been able to completely dissolve serious physical body ailments. It has its benefits though in improving and promoting physical, spiritual, emotional health and balance. The fact remains; every therapy in itself is an individual experience. It might help a person and yet not benefit another the same way. For any therapy to work, it requires the right kind of approach and belief that it would yield beneficial results.