“Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being. It can be offered as a complementary therapy or, more controversially, as form of alternative medicine.” Wikipedia
At Vita Nova Massage we use aromatherapy to aid a variety of health issues including, to increase energy, reduce stress, improve sleep, facilitate faster healing, reduce headaches and alleviate pain. Aromatherapy is also used to help with digestion, it can act as an antidepressant and has been shown to help manage some psychiatric disorders.
Managing stress is one of the most common uses of aromatherapy. The compounds in oils such as lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oils can help relax your mind and reduce anxiety. Recent studies have shown that lemon oil can help improve mood and possibly reduce feelings of anger.
Essential oils that can act as natural stimulants and increase your energy include cinnamon, angelica, sage, rosemary, clove, black pepper, cardamom and jasmine. If you want to get away from the damaging effects of cigarettes, energy pills, coffee and caffeinated beverages as the source of your daily energy boost, essentials oil aroma therapy might be your answer. These essential oils are known to increase circulation, giving you a safe and natural way to boost energy.
For a better night’s sleep, the most effective essential oils include lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and ylang-ylang. These essential oils tend to have a sedative effect on the body
Aromatherapy can often be as effective as a soothing massage when it comes to treating and preventing headaches by reducing the stress, anxiety, or medical causes of your headaches. For headaches and migraines, peppermint, sandalwood rosemary and eucalyptus can be used individually or as a mixture in aromatherapy treatments and also rubbed into the skin of your neck, temples, skin and scalp. Tropical oils effective on headaches also include almond, avocado, coconut, apricot, and sesame oil.
To improve your immune system, the anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antibacterial effects of essential oils such as lemon, oregano, cinnamon, frankincense, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils can protect you from a wide range of infections and illnesses.
Essential oil aromatherapy can be used in conjunction with prescribed medications to reducing depression, manage psychiatric disorders, manage chronic pain and ease anxiety. Therapists recommend peppermint, chamomile, lavender, jasmine and frankincense oil.
If you are considering using essential oils for aromatherapy treatment, make sure you buy from a trusted source and never mix the oils unless you consult with a trained aromatherapy specialist.
At Vita Nova Massage we offer a wide variety of treatments including aromatherapy, massage and bodywork techniques from Swedish and relaxation massage to more intense therapies like deep tissue work, neuromuscular re-education, and trigger points.
Vita Nova is based in the northwestern Metropolitan Detroit area. Out-call services are also available. Call 248-270-2686 or:
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