Clinical aromatherapy is the fastest growing complementary therapy in the United States. This modality has applications for some of the most common patient complaints and can offer a safe, inexpensive and self-empowering alternative to traditional treatments. Clinical aromatherapy has a very specific definition: It is the controlled, therapeutic use of essential oils or citrus oils for specific outcomes that are measurable.
Essential oils and Citrus oils are the volatile essences, complex constituents found in the producing organs of aromatic plants and peel of citrus fruits that are obtained by specific methods of extraction: steam distillation or expression. Clinical aromatherapy seeks to disassociate itself fromrecreational fragrance using synthetic scents that have no history of use. A few of the most common conditions treated by nurse practitioners can benefit from clinical aromatherapy, including vaginal infections, sinus infections and insomnia.
Essential oils like Rosemary (Rosmarinusofficinalis)ct cineolNiaouli (Melaleucaalternifolia), and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) ctlinalolare great supporters of the immune system and can also increase its rate of healing.
Application of any of these oils with a carrier through the skin or in a therapeutic bath will help to improve immunity and stimulate the immune system, a lymphatic massage with them will also be is great way to practice prevention to keep healthy. Your body’s lymph nodes are located all around the body — in the throat, groin, and chest and under the arms, they are part of your immune system. So, you can make a formula for yourself using a 1 oz. of any vegetable carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Macadamia, Hazelnut, etc.) or cream, add 5 drops of any of these essential oils, and rub the formula up your arms to the lymph nodes in your armpits. Then rub toward the armpit and down your neck from the center of your chest. Massage your legs from your feet up to the groin. Do this regularly and watch your immune system regain strength.
Oils such as bergamot, ylang-ylang, cinnamon, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and rose are great for treating depression
If you’ve been regularly suffering from dry skin with no tangible results in spite of repeated tries, maybe you need to look beyond your current treatment. Dry skin can lead toissues such as psoriasis and eczema. The good news is that you have a host of essential oils to choose from while looking for a solution for dry skin. One way to address dry skin is by making a moisturizer with 1 oz. of a botanical, unscented cream without parabens, mineral oil and other synthetic ingredients, add 5 drops of an undiluted essential oil, such as any of those mentioned above, mix well and apply to the skin on the face, neck and decollate. This way, the oils will be absorbed by the pores and will nourish your skin.
And, of course, always make sure that your intake of purified water and fresh juices is plentiful. Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. Watch the stress levels. And use essential oils to assist your body in balancing and correcting the skin.
Rose, Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange, Sweet Almond . . . oils that can provide soothing relief
This is especially helpful since many pregnant women are advised to avoid taking regular medication unless absolutely necessary. If you’re suffering from backache, mix a few drops of lavender and sandalwood in some base oil and massage your back. For those having sore breasts, rose and orange oil mixed with sweet almond oil to give relief. Always put it as a cold compress on your breasts and not directly as otherwise it can transfer to the baby. Swollen ankles can be treated with aromatherapy too. Just massage your feet with a few drops of benzoin, rose and orange mixed with base oil
Some ailments and illnesses require allopathic treatments toward a cure. Some can be easily treated, relieved, even cured by more natural or alternative remedies and applications. Aromatherapy can provide relief from stress, sleep deprivation, dry skin, issues related to pregnancy, and forms of depression.
So, what is aromatherapy? It is basically a treatment with the help of essential plant oils (such as tea tree oil, ylang-ylang, lemon balm and orange blossom) that can be inhaled, massaged onto your body, added to your bath or sprayed into your room to treat certain ailments.
You may have heard about it from a friend who can’t stop singing its praises or your family doctor who advises you not to fall for this ‘load of hogwash’, but it never hurts to give it a try, doesn’t it? We bring you four common ailments that aromatherapy promises to heal.