Everything You Wanted to Know about Aromatherapy

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Did you know that smell is the most influential sense you have? Your olfactory sense has a direct effect on your brain and the programming of your emotions, memory, energy level, and even endurance, according to some studies. That means when you are exposed to certain aromas, your scent receptors can do amazing things in your body. Maybe it’s helping you recover from an injury, help you breathe more clearly or simply improve your mood. That’s where aromatherapy comes into the wellness picture.

Here are a few important things to know about aromatherapy.

First, what is aromatherapy?

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.” In 1997, the International Standards Organization (ISO) defined an essential oil as a “product obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.” These essential oils are known to not only stimulate the sense of smell but can be absorbed through the skin.

What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood. A variety of essential oils have been found to have various degrees of antimicrobial activity and are believed to have antiviral, nematicidal, antifungal, insecticidal, and antioxidant properties. For instance, lavender has been known to have a calming effect and can be helpful in relaxation or alleviating insomnia. Egyptian Geranium has been known to reduce stress and even alleviate PMS symptoms.

How is aromatherapy typically used?

Aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application. For inhalation, the oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser container, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in, for example, in a steam bath. Molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs, and from there, to other parts of the body. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, it is believed that essential oils can have a subtle, yet the holistic effect on the body.

How does aromatherapy fit into the modern steam bath environment?

ThermaSol offers a range of 100% organic Essential Oils that are designed to heighten your steam shower experience with a multitude of healing scents sourced directly from nature. The process of adding aromatherapy into your daily steam session is fairly simple. Add two to four drops of your favorite oil to the steam head reservoir in your steam shower and start breathing!

What are the essential oils offered through ThermaSol?

Here is a current list of Thermasol’s 100% organic Essential Oils*:

French Lavender – Promotes calming and relaxing effects.
Portuguese Eucalyptus – Stimulates, soothes and cools.
Italian Bergamot – Reduces anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Madagascar Ylang Ylang – Effective aphrodisiac with a tranquil, warm aroma.
French Rosemary – Calms nerves, improves memory, confidence, and creativity.
Egyptian Geranium – Relieves stress, anxiety, fatigue, and PMS symptoms.
Energize Oil Blend – Invigorates the senses, improves circulation and relieves headaches.

Precious Reserve Oils:

Bulgarian Rose Absolute – Uplifting and a natural aphrodisiac.
Indian Jasmine – Eases worry, anger, depression, and irritability.
Italian Neroli – Alleviates depression, insomnia, and is a natural skin beautifier.
French Roman Chamomile – Relieves emotional anxiety and tension.

*The preceding statements and claims about ThermaSol’s Essential Oils have not been medically evaluated. Please consult the advice of a trained professional when using essential oils.