All You Need to Know About Aromatherapy

Posted by Jyoti Watchmaker | February 24, 2017 | Lifestyle

The weekend is here and it’s time to pamper yourself after a hectic work week. A soothing massage at a spa is just what you need to unwind and destress, it’s the perfect prescription to renew yourself. Aromatherapy uses essential oils which are soothing and relaxing.

According to Blossom Kochhar, pioneer in the field of Aromatherapy in India, “Aromatherapy literally means healing through the sense of smell where we use essential oils derived from a plant’s leaves, flowers, stalks, bark, rind or roots to benefit our body and mind. These oils are our nature’s best kept secrets and are also referred to as ‘essences. They work through our sense of smell to transcend the conscious level and reach the subconscious level. The oils have the power to interact with the body’s hormones and enzymes and have the capacity to alter moods with their aromas as they work on our emotions, memories and hormones. Aromas can also trigger a variety of chemical actions within the body which include releasing of hormones that relax, calm, excite or stimulate and generally create a sense of well-being”

Aromatherapy Massage– This is the most effective method of using the oils, combining their properties with the therapeutic power of touch. Treat yourself to a massage by downloading the Zooty App, choose a spa of your choice and indulge!

It can be daunting to pick the right essential oil for your need. So, we asked Blossom Kochhar a list of some Essential Oils for every concern.

Jasmine – One of the most exquisite scents, said to be the king of oils. It helps in easing anxiety, depression and nervous chills. It is often used by brides as it builds confidence and acts as an aphrodisiac. It also enhances skin elasticity.

Lavender – All types of skin and hair problems including alopecia, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation and psoriasis. It relieves cold, aches, pains and rheumatic conditions. Soothes burns and sunburns. Anti – depressant. Caution: Not to be used by low BP patients.

Rosemary – Helps to treat hair fall. Energises body and mind. Caution: Not to be used by epileptic patients and those who get fainting spells. Avoid during pregnancy and for children.

Tea Tree – Powerful antiseptic. Ideal for vaporising to kill germs – especially beneficial during the winter months. Useful ‘cleansing’ agent for skin. Helps combat foot odour and dandruff. Can be used as a disinfectant.

Rosewood– A sweet smelling woody aroma. It is antiseptic regenerative, relaxant and anxiety reliever. Excellent for dry skin and hair.

Ylang-Ylang –A very sweet exotic scent. It is a reputed aphrodisiac, a powerful sensual stimulant and euphoric. It rejuvenates skin and hair. Eases palpitation, high BP and nervous tension. Caution: Can cause headache and euphoria of used in excess. Not to be used by low BP patients.

 

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