How It Works
The exact way aromatherapy works is not entirely clear to scientists yet. But our sense of smell plays a pivotal role in the work of aromatherapy. There are powerful receptors in our respiratory system starting from our noses that sends signals to the amygdala and hippocampus in our brain where emotions and memories are stored.
The molecules from the essential oil we inhale or apply also travel to the brain to stimulate and influence mental, emotional and physical health and well-being.
Essential oils that contain lavender, rose, lemon, orange, bergamot and sandalwood relieve stress, anxiety and depression. While those that contain peppermint oil and citrus oil aids digestion and boots one’s immune system respectively.
The following people should use essential oils for aromatherapy with caution:
People who are asthmatic or have allergic history. These people should only use essential oils for aromatherapy under a medical professional’s guidance and supervision.
Pregnant women, especially those who have had history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil.
Women with estrogen dependent tumors should avoid compounds containing aniseed, fennel, sage and clary-sage.
Anyone who has high blood pressure should avoid rosemary and spike lavender oils.
Anyone receiving chemotherapy should avoid using essential oils for aromatherapy.
Generally, most essential oils are safe for the body. Some people however experience side effects such as headaches, rashes, asthma, liver damage or nerve damage. If you experience any of these symptoms in your aromatherapy treatments, you should discontinue use immediately and consult your physician.