Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are plant volatile oils from the flowers, leaves, stems, buds, branches, or roots that have been extracted using steam distillation, water and stem distillation or cold-pressing.
Essential oils can affect almost every organ system in the body. Each essential oil has a unique pharmacological effect, such as anti-bacterial, antiviral, diuretic, vasodilator, tranquilizing, and adrenal stimulating.
When an essential oil is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavity and stimulate the limbic system in the brain. This is a region that influences emotions and memories and is directly linked to the adrenals, pituitary gland, the hypothalamus; the parts of the body that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, stress, memory, hormone balance, and breathing. This makes the effects of essential oils immediate in bringing about emotional and physiological balance.
Aromatherapy massage can be used for a variety of health conditions, such as:
* Colds, flu, sinusitis
* Bruises, burns, insect bites
* Poor digestion
* Muscle and joint pain
* Skin conditions (Acne, Dermatitis, etc.)