Aromatherapy is a type of treatment that involves the use of natural plant extracts, with the purpose of boosting health and wellbeing. Aromatherapy uses essential oils, of which there are almost 100 hundred in total, although there is a set of more popular oils that are mainly used. It is believed that aromatherapy was first used in Ancient Egypt and has been used by different cultures ever since.
The treatment of aromatherapy comes in a number of different forms, including body oils and lotions, diffusers and aromatic spritzers. They are used to treats a wide range of health issues, including pain relief and stress reduction.
The key benefits of aromatherapy treatment include:
- Reduces stress, anxiety and irritability
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Pain management
- Soothes sore joints
- Improves sleep
- Boosts immunity
- Fights bacteria and viruses
- Improved digestion
As a holistic healing treatment, aromatherapy was not historically taken very seriously as a scientific medical treatment but now there is further research and evidence of the results of using aromatherapy, it is more commonly used for treating issues such as the ones listed above.
There are also other conditions that aromatherapy may treat, with one study showing that citrus fragrance helped depressive patients to reduce their doses of antidepressants. There are also suggestions that aromatherapy helps with cancer and arthritis but there is less conclusive evidence backing this up.
Who can benefit from aromatherapy?
Everybody can benefit from using aromatherapy to treat health problems and it is particularly useful for people who need to relax and de-stress. It is very common for people to take a bath with aromatherapy oils, to help them to relax and unwind, as well as soothe aches and pains.
Aromatherapy to help quit smoking
People who smoke can also benefit greatly from aromatherapy, to help them to reduce their anxiety levels. As well as using essential oils in forms like bath salts and body oils, you can use diffuser sticks that have inhalable essential oils in, which can help boost immunity, reduce depression or even energise, depending on which oils are used.
AntiCig has been developed by pharmacists to support people who are giving up smoking, as an alternative to smoking and vaping. While it can commonly be mistaken for an e-cig, there is no heating or burning mechanism and no potentially harmful chemicals, just natural oils.
With CE & ROHS certification, AntiCig is one of the safest inhalation devices available and users have had great success in stopping smoking when they use this solution.
Find out more about the different aromatherapy flavours.