Importance of Essential Oils
Why Essential Oils are still Important Today
The modern way of life can be extremely stressful at times and can easily become overwhelming. Many people long for what they believe to be quieter times gone by, though they are aware this is likely to be a case of the grass being greener on the other side...
One thing that we can learn from our ancestors is the power of natural extracts to make us feel better. Generations of humans from all cultures, countries and climates have made use of plants and minerals in medicines and for relaxation. This knowledge has not been lost, despite the appearance of extremely effective medicines in modern times; natural extracts are still widely used in essential oils and aromatherapy.
essential oils are more widely used in modern products than one might expect - usually extracted through distillation, they are used to fragrance bathing products, incense, perfumes and cosmetics, as well as in some types of household cleaner. In terms of alternative medicine, essential oils are most frequently used today in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is frequently used to uplift mood and relieve stress, especially when combined with massage by a professional. In some countries, the antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties of plant extracts are more widely recognised, and some oils and extracts are available through prescription. At the moment aromatherapy is generally considered a form of alternative medicine, and plant extracts are still being researched by scientists to evaluate how they may help patients.
Some essential oils are well known for their efficiency in treating minor ailments, such as eucalyptus and/or peppermint to help promote effective respiration, and tea tree oil for its antimicrobial action. There are huge numbers of useful plant extracts which can be used or aromatherapy. If you want to look further into treatments, it may be worthwhile contacting a local expert in aromatherapy, or doing some research online. As with any search on the internet, make sure you gather information from reliable and trustworthy sources.
If you decide you wish to purchase any essential oils, make sure they are also from a reputable company, shop or website (ideally a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council). If you want to get the best out of aromatherapy it is advisable to start with good quality products. Purchasing a book on how to get the best from plant extracts can also be useful, though talking to a professional first may well be the wisest course of action.
No matter why you have an interest in aromatherapy, it can be a useful and rewarding pastime. Learning some of the knowledge about plants and how they can be used in medicine will help to make sure that knowledge that has been passed down from our ancestors never fades away into oblivion. Some of these historical uses of natural substances have been taught by one generation to the next for centuries, (and in some cases much longer). Learn to improve your mood and enlarge your well of knowledge through aromatherapy.