I am glad you asked! The idea behind aromatherapy is that the use of therapeutic essential oils can help prevent disease by reducing anxiety. Anxiety causes many issues to include pain, hair loss, lowered immune system, rashes, and much more. Aroma or smells has an effect on the part of the brain that supports our emotions, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and sense of smell.
Smells can trigger fond memories, such as the smell chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you and your mother in the kitchen when you were little bringing a sense of happiness. Smells can also trigger bad memories, such as the very same smell of chocolate chip cookies. You smell chocolate chip cookies so you think of you falling off the back porch while you were eating a chocolate chip cookie creating a sense of pain. In each of these scenarios, your body has a reaction whether it be positive or negative.
Pleasant smells in the air make people stay around longer in retail stores, spas, hotels, movie theaters, museums, and casinos. They have also shown to improve productivity and improve the physical performance of athletes when the room smelled of peppermint or lemon.
Bottom line, aromatherapy hones in on the smells that create a positive and relaxing response from your body giving you a sense of overall well-being. So the next time that someone asks you, “What does aromatherapy do?” you can tell them that it helps you chill!
It is easy to incorporate into your routine. I personally recommend an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. They are relatively inexpensive and you can put them anywhere. (Bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, office) They are awesome gifts too. I am addicted to mine. There are all types of essential oils for all types of moods. They come with recipes for whatever you’re needing treat at the time. My 10-year-old grandson wants one for his birthday to help treat his allergies! They even have one with a color LED changing nightlight with and auto shut off. Just take your pick. (This is the one I have. The light is soothing to me as well.) Whatever you choose, it will make an astounding difference in your life.