It has been said that aromatherapy can help treat many different illnesses and aid in helping with relaxation. It is a medicinal art that has been around for more than 2,500 years. Hippocrates (considered the father of modern medicine) himself once said, “The key to good health rests in having daily aromatic baths and a scented massage.” Just like everything in medicine it has it’s limits, but it is a great tool to use in keeping and maintaining good health.
Aromatherapy is used for a variety of things. It has been used to cure burns, infections, depression, high blood pressure, and insomnia. But it should be noted that there is no direct evidence that shows it actually cures these things, but there is evidence that points to it helping in some cases.
Aromatherapy is applied in several ways. Many people associate aromatherapy with candles and incense, but it can also be applied through lotions. What most practitioners believe is that the oils release a scent that triggers memory or emotion in the brain. When this happens those areas of the brain become either calmed or stimulated. It is this reaction in the brain that aids in the healing process.
Please bear in mind that anyone thinking about using aromatherapy should consult his or her doctor first. Often times people can have an allergic reaction to the lotions if they have sensitive skin or to the candles as lesser quality candles are made from paraffin wax. Sometimes the paraffin wax candles can harm the lungs and cause asthmatic symptoms. The best way to avoid these troubles is to purchase higher quality aromatherapy products like soy candles. These candles are the same price as paraffin candles, but they don’t burn any harmful emissions. Using purely clean burning soy candles in your aromatherapy means you are inhaling more of the aromatic agents and no garbage.
Two of the most popular scents for aromatherapy are sandalwood and eucalyptus. Historically sandalwood has been used to calm and relax the senses, helping counter stress and anxiety. Eucalyptus, highly antiseptic in nature, is often the primary ingredient in the vapor rubs we use to treat common colds and flus. If you are looking to begin implementing aromatherapy into your life, we suggest looking no further then our Amber Sandalwood and Eucalyptus Sage candles. The 8 oz. regular tin size is a perfect complement for a afternoon nap, and the 3 oz. votive is the perfect size to place around the bathtub in order to reach optimal levels of relaxation. Whichever way you want to go, these candles are a great way to get the full aromatherapy experience.
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Consult your doctor first, though, before using any aromatherapy. It is a great way to relax and clear your head at the end of the day, but it could be little dangerous if you are unsure of any pre-existing allergenic conditions. Talk to your doctor and then enjoy a nice warm bath accompanied by a scented soy candle to relieve all your stress!