Aromatherapy Treatment in Sewickley, PA
Aromatherapy is a holistic medical practice that uses a plant's natural, aromatic oils (essential oils) for its psychological and physical health benefits. Essential oils are extracted from various flowers, herbs, roots, stems, leaves or other parts of healing plants for their therapeutic chemical compounds. These compounds, which vary from plant to plant, each exhibit unique health benefits—as no two essential oils are identical—and may cause emotional/physical responses ranging from stimulation to relaxation.
Aromatherapy essential oils can be diluted and applied topically or inhaled as a scent. When you inhale an essential oil, the chemicals present in the oil are absorbed through the mucous membranes in your nose and then your lungs, eventually reaching the brain. These compounds can cross the blood-brain barrier and influence both your autonomic nervous system (the system responsible for instinctively controlling bodily functions) and your endocrine system (a collection of glands responsible for producing and regulating hormones). When these same oils are diluted and applied topically to the skin, the therapeutic compounds are absorbed into the bloodstream, spreading to other organs and systems.
Regardless of application, essential oils are known to impact stress levels, mood and even libido. In fact, scientific studies suggest that aromatherapy, in particular, can soothe the mind, influence metabolism, kill bacteria, viruses and fungi and relieve joint and muscle pain.
If you are looking for a natural and alternative treatment to optimize your health, schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare practitioner in Sewickley who specializes in aromatherapy treatment. Call (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Emma McGowan online.
Who Can Benefit from Aromatherapy?
While aromatherapy cannot cure a disease, it is often used by holistic healthcare professionals as a complementary therapy to chronic disease treatment plans. Many patients report that aromatherapy can help minimize:
- Stress, anxiety and diminished mood
- Aches and pains
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Menstrual pain
- Restlessness or sleeplessness
- Skin irritations
Aromatherapy for Stress Relief
Perhaps one of the most well-known uses for aromatherapy is in stress reduction. Certain essential oils are known to be especially calming to the body and mind, helping you to relax when you are feeling anxious or worried. They can actually counter physiological and psychological stress response in your body. Simply inhaling the scent can not only bring relaxation, but in some cases, certain essential oils can even induce sleep when you are having trouble sleeping. The most widely used aromatherapy for stress relief oils include:
- Ylang Ylang
How to Use Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
The practice of aromatherapy can be as simple or as complex and you want it to be. You can employ essential oils for aromatherapy at home by:
- Placing drops of essential oil in a diffuser
- Using a mister to spray it into the air or onto linens, clothing or objects
- Diluting the oil with a carrier oil such as almond oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil and applying it to the skin
- Placing essential oil drops into personal care products like shampoo or body lotion
- Placing essential oil drops into household products such as soap or household cleaner
Another option available to you is an aromatherapy massage. Some massage therapists diffuse the scent of essential oils in the massage room, while others dilute a single oil or blend of essential oils in a carrier oil and massage it into your skin. Massaging diluted oil into your skin, especially around painful joints, can help to quell inflammation and relieve pain.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause harm if not used properly. Certain medical conditions such as asthma and epilepsy may prohibit you from using certain essential oils. It is important to always seek the guidance of a healthcare provider prior to beginning essential oil therapy to ensure no negative side effects are experienced.
Request more information about aromatherapy treatments today. Call (724) 915-1049 or contact Dr. Emma McGowan online.
Medical Wellness Associates
Jeannette, PA 15644
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