During this quarantine period, it is important for families to live in a positive and peaceful environment. In this sense, aromatherapy as an alternative medicine is a good option.
November 17, 2020 – 1:31 p.m.
Fragrances and perfumes can create a great feeling of well-being and relaxation. It is good for everyone to feel the perfume they like. But herbs and their aromas are much more than that. Herbs are used to make essential oils, which are known to help relieve many problems.
Oils have been known for thousands of years to treat the sick and the practice continues to this day. Experts such as Germany’s Peter Emrich, a general practitioner and biologist, say aromatherapy can help treat “almost any discomfort.”
Of course, applications have their limitations and should be performed by people who specialize in these uses, as some oils can be toxic if the doses are not correct.
There is a wide range of therapies. Oils are applied directly to the body in the form of baths, massages or rubs. They enter through the skin and spread their effects inside the body.
Another option is to use them to flavor the environment. And the third is through the mouth, as when consuming a capsule of eucalyptus essential oil, known against colds.
As a general rule, “in the case of essential oils, it is important that the patient sees them as positive,” said aromatherapist Ingeborg Stadelmann, who works in the Bavarian region.
Stadelmann warns that if the patient experiences rejection of the therapy, the oils, no matter how well selected, will not be able to fight the patient’s psyche.
How could oils work in particular? According to Emrich, if we take old examples, we will see that incense, for example, has already been used to disinfect wounds.
He explains that myrrh drops can be used against fungal infections in the gut, while clove essential oils can have a pain-relieving effect in many cases. Similarly, the scent of sandalwood can promote wound healing.
Studies show that applying 10 percent of peppermint essential oils reduces contractile headaches when applied to painful areas of the forehead and temples.
According to these studies, the oil is as effective as paracetamol and aspirin. This is stated in the guidelines of the German Association for Pain Medications.
But the uses are not limited to physical problems. According to German psychologist Hans Hat, aromatherapy has also been a great help in cases of anxiety, depression and insomnia.
He points out that laboratory experiments have shown that the aromas of lavender essential oil act on the same receptors in the brain as hypnotics. However, he is referring to applications on light frames. “In the case of severe disorders, aromatherapy usually has no effect,” he warns.
If someone wants to put this therapy into practice or just try it, they should do so under the guidance of an expert in aromatherapy or natural medicine. Hatt argues that it is generally very good to use fragrances that evoke pleasant associations or sensations in the patient.
Above all, it is important to “dilute essential oils properly,” said Stadelmann, president of the Essenzia Forum, an association that promotes and, she says, “takes care” of aromatherapy.
Example: Essential oils should never be sprayed in a full bath, Stadelman warns, as they can irritate the skin. The same happens with massages. Oils should never be applied directly to the skin, but should be diluted in essential oils such as almond oil.
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