by Kianna SmithAromatherapy refers to the use of essential oils from aromatic plants for the purpose of enhancing health and beauty, oils containing trace elements of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antibodies, along with anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic and anti-oxidant properties. Its origins lay back far in history, but today is making a dramatic return mainly for lifting up stress.
Throughout history, aromatherapy has been used in one form or another all over the world to alleviate anxieties, increase dreaming, eliminate sorrow and act as a general antidote for toxins. Other therapeutic uses included alleviation of headaches, congestion, rheumatism and indigestion, skin ailments, such as burns and abrasions. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from many parts of the aromatic plant like leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, roots, barks, fruits and resins and only small amounts are needed as they are highly concentrated. Rose is one of the most expensive oils as it requires 2,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of essential rose oil.
The essential oil of the orange is sweet, warm and full of uplifting, happy notes, conveys happiness and refreshing lightheartedness. Used in massage oil helps uplift the spirit and take away feelings of depression.
It is also high in vitamins A and C, being beneficial to both dry and oily skin. Combined with cypress oil is a very effective treatment for cellulite, as it will increase circulation and stimulate the release of excessive water and toxins stored in those areas.
Mixed with jojoba oil it is also a culinary favorite, giving cakes, cookies, puddings and ice cream a wonderful natural flavor.
Peppermint oil is a fresh, clean and cool fragrance that helps you become clearheaded and have a refreshed outlook on the world and the ylang ylang oil is an excellent cosmetic.
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