What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that has become a modern complementary therapy that uses natural plant extracts, also known as essential oils, to promote health and well-being.
Aromatherapy is often used as a complementary therapy to other forms of treatment, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and conventional medicine. It can be used to address a variety of physical and emotional conditions, such as anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and insomnia.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that are extracted from various parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, and seeds.
These oils are believed to have therapeutic properties that can benefit the body, mind, and spirit.
In aromatherapy, essential oils are often used by inhalation or diluted in a carrier oil and applied to the skin. When inhaled, the aroma of the essential oils can stimulate the olfactory system, which is linked to the limbic system in the brain. This can lead to various physiological and psychological effects, including relaxation, stress reduction, improved mood, and pain relief.
It's important to note that while essential oils are generally considered safe when used properly, they can be harmful if used improperly. It's always a good idea to do your research and speak with a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oils, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Does Aromatherapy Work For Mums?
Aromatherapy works by stimulating the olfactory system (the part of our bodies that helps us smell), which in turn activates the limbic system (the part of our brains responsible for emotion). This effect can be powerful on its own, but it also works with other treatments like meditation and yoga to help create a holistic approach to self-care.
The amazing thing about Aromatherapy for mums is that it doesn't need to be expensive or fancy. You can be feel the benefits through hand creams, bath salts, face cream etc meaning you can easily add it to your day without having to add an extra 'to do' to your mum list.
3 Essential Oils For Maternal Wellbeing
The Calming & Relaxing Scent of Lavender
Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness. (Medical News Today)
Lavender is a popular essential oil used in aromatherapy, and it is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Here are some of the potential benefits of lavender aromatherapy:
- Improved sleep: Lavender has been shown to help promote a sense of calm and relaxation, which can help improve the quality of sleep and reduce sleep disturbances.
- Reduced anxiety and stress: Inhaling lavender essential oil can help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, promoting relaxation and calmness.
- Pain relief: Lavender essential oil may have analgesic properties, making it a natural option for reducing pain and discomfort.
- Relief from headaches and migraines: Some studies have found that inhaling lavender essential oil can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines.
- Improved mood: Lavender has been shown to have a positive effect on mood, promoting a sense of well-being and reducing symptoms of depression.
- Skin care: Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it useful for treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
- Repelling insects: Lavender essential oil has insecticidal properties, making it a natural option for repelling insects like mosquitoes and flies.
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Uplifting & Balancing Geranium
A study researched the effect geranium had on the first stages of labour and suggested it may reduce anxiety and blood pressure during these initial stages of labour. (National Library Of Medicine)
Geranium is known for its uplifting and balancing properties. Here are some of the potential benefits of geranium aromatherapy:
Reduced stress and anxiety: Geranium essential oil has been shown to have calming and soothing effects, helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Improved mood: Geranium essential oil is known to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, promoting a sense of well-being and uplifting the mood.
Menstrual and menopausal relief: Geranium essential oil has hormonal regulating properties, making it useful for alleviating symptoms related to menstruation and menopause, such as cramps, mood swings, and hot flashes.
Skin care: Geranium essential oil has astringent and antiseptic properties, making it useful for treating various skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
Improved respiratory function: Geranium essential oil has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, helping to relieve congestion and improve breathing.
Repelling insects: Geranium essential oil has insecticidal properties, making it a natural option for repelling insects like mosquitoes and ticks.
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Eucalyptus is known for its invigorating and decongestant properties. Here are some of the potential benefits of eucalyptus essential oil:
Improved respiratory function: Eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, helping to relieve congestion, improve breathing, and alleviate symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions.
Pain relief: Eucalyptus essential oil has analgesic properties, making it useful for reducing pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as arthritis, muscle and joint pain, and headaches.
Antibacterial and antiviral properties: Eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for fighting infections and boosting the immune system.
Improved mental clarity: Eucalyptus essential oil has a refreshing and stimulating aroma, which can help improve mental clarity and focus.
Insect repellent: Eucalyptus essential oil has insecticidal properties, making it a natural option for repelling insects like mosquitoes and ticks.
Skin care: Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.