Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy used by trained professionals. It involves the use of concentrated essential oils that are distilled from plants (flowers, stalks, and leaves) for their therapeutic properties. Essential oils are very versatile, and can be used in a variety of ways. You can inhale them to gain their benefits or massage diluted oil into your skin. They also make great teas and tinctures that you could ingest.
Essential oils work by activating areas in your nose that send messages to the brain. When activated, these areas release feel-good hormones and chemicals such as dopamine (limbic system), serotonin (hypothalamus). Meanwhile, using aromatherapy to massage your skin with essential oils triggers a favorable response in the joints that can alleviate pain.
If you are suffering from any health conditions and plan to take aromatherapy, contact Dr. Barbara for a consultation about the benefits and risks of this holistic therapy.