What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils, aromatic extracts of plants and flowers, for the good health and welfare of the people.

Each essential oil has a unique composition consisting of vitamins, hormones, antibiotics. Its emotional and physiological properties are enormous: as relaxants, immune system stimulants, germicides, bactericides, anti-inflammatories, antivirals, antiseptics, antispasmodics and many more.

Aromatherapy is not a system whose practice is reserved only to experts. Any of us can discover, in the privacy of our home, the secrets of the essences of plants and thus learn to dissipate pain, tension or fatigue, and also enhance the beauty through its pleasant aromas.

How does Aromatherapy work?

All this aromatherapeutic process begins in our nose: this organ is the bond of union between the smell of the outside world and the inside of the brain.

With the simple action of inhaling, many molecules of the essence are transported to our brain through the multiple nerve fibers that we have in the nose, reaching the control centers of the brain (limbic system), where emotions, Memories, memory and learning. And it is there where an aroma can generate a psychological or physiological reaction, creating changes in behavior. They also penetrate through the skin, through the massage.

Remember that the skin is the largest organ of our body. When the massage works on the body and the brain at the same time, the nerves are calmed in tension and the energy flow is stimulated which relieves depression, eliminating toxins and creating healthy tissues.

Let's adopt Aromatherapy as part of our daily habits to prevent diseases and maintain our health. The most common and most used oils are:

  • Basil
  • Nervous tonic, hysteria, intellectual fatigue.
  • Tea tree.
  • Antibiotic, fungicide, expectorant.
  • Bergamot.
  • Antidepressant with a stimulating effect.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Relaxing and stimulating. Excellent expectorant.
  • Geranium.
  • Antidepressant and relaxing, with balancing effect.
  • Lavender.
  • Sedative and soothing with anti-stress effect. Heart tonic.
  • Lemon.
  • Expectorant, antibacterial, digestive and fungicide.
  • Tangerine.
  • Soothing and revitalizing. Digestive and antiviral.
  • Mint.
  • Digestive, stimulant with energizing effect. Nervous tonic.
  • Orange.
  • Sedative with antidepressant effects.
  • Romero.
  • Invigorating and stimulating. Skin tonic.
  • Thyme.
  • Antibiotic. Stimulant with balancing effect.
  • Grapefruit.
  • Antidepressant, diuretic and detoxifying.
  • Ylang ylang.
  • Hypotensive, euphoric, aphrodisiac and sedative.

(Text taken from the book: Beekeeping for All Dr. Moisés Assís.)