It is an alternative treatment method that uses the beneficial properties of essential oils, aromatic plants to improve and maintain health, beauty and mood.
From an aromatic plant we have a variety of essential oils that come either from different or the same parts of the plant as well as roots and blossoms.
Although aromatherapy is of practical use the last hundred years, looking back through the centuries we see its existence in all the great ancient civilizations.
The ancient Chinese knew all the secrets of aromatherapy as they are known to be the first who studied aromatherapy’s healing properties. However, the first recorded use of essential oils seems to be done by the Egyptians. The ancient Greeks were also involved in the use of essential oils as they believe essential oils were given to them by the gods. Hippocrates, father of medicine, was using essential oils for therapeutic and medical purposes. However the first who officially used the term was the French chemist Gatterfose in 1920 while conducting a research on the healing properties of plants.
The substances contained in the essential oils are so powerful that through the method of massage they have the ability to mainly pass through our skin layers, as they have very low molecular weight. They are also transported via the blood circulation to every part of the body and thus motivate cell renewal mechanisms. The most common application of aromatherapy is massage, a holistic treatment, which provides relaxation, relieving us from negative emotions.
Aromatherapy is a treatment that is applied to the face and body. On the face, depending on the essential oil, it can treat various skin problems, making the skin radiant and shiny, and even soften fine lines. Applied to the body provides direct treatment of cellulite, as with only a few sessions we have significant improvement. It is also therapeutic in stretch marks and muscle pains.
Essential oils are stimulants, relaxants, decongestants, anti-inflammatory, sedative, refreshing. Some of them are :
Juniper: cellulite, dermatitis, aching muscles, stimulate blood circulation, local fat.
White Camphor : Anti-inflammatory, anti-acne.
Verbena: anti-stress, relaxing.
Ylang - Ylang: especially useful for the care of oily skin.
German Chamomile: soothing, tonic, bruises, allergies, dermatitis, acne.
Mint: headache, improve breathing and increase mental clarity and memory.
Neroli: ideal for all skin types, especially for dry, sensitive and mature skin, wrinkles.