Friday, May 20, 2011

What Is Aromatherapy?

“99 ABC’s of Wellness” Article Credit: The original article 99 ABC’s of Wellness is by Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit, which has appeared on the Philippine Star on January 12, 1999.

Principle #2: Aromatherapy

"Aromatherapy is a natural and relaxing way when applied with shiatsu or pressure point to relieve tension, uplift the spirit and soothe the nerves." (excerpt from the original article)

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils, and other aromatic compounds to stimulate a person's mind, mood, and cognitive function relative to health.

Tea tree is an example of essential that shown anti-microbial effects although its effectiveness against bacterial, fungal and viral infections still lack adequate clinical evidence due to lack of meticulous medical study. However, there are pieces of evidence that shows therapeutic potential of essential oils.

In fact, Pedanius Dioscorides (circa 40—90 AD), a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist, and author of a 5-volume encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances (a pharmacopeia), has described in his books the medicinal value of essential oils (wikipedia).

Lately, Spas have gained fame among men and women who want to unwind and relax after long hours or days of exhausting work.

Some Spas are expensive but it does not have to be. People can do this even at home, in fact, it could be a great activity for a husband and wife even occasionally.

Image above courtesy of:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aromatherapy

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