Is All the Hype About Aromatherapy and Essential Oils True?

April 08, 2017

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Is All the Hype About Aromatherapy and Essential Oils True?

Even though essential oils and aromatherapy practices have been around for thousands of years, and used in many different cultures, holistic aromatherapy is not without its critics. If you’ve heard positive things about aromatherapy in recent times, it’s entirely reasonable for you to be initially skeptical of the practice. Let’s take a closer look at the uses and controversies surrounding aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy & the Law

First things first: there are no U.S. laws in place constituting what does and does not count as “aromatherapy.” This means that any manufacturer of any product can use the term aromatherapy on their label without having to adhere to any set regulations. It’s unfortunate, then, that so many products exist on the market that should not be allowed to be called aromatherapy – such as those with synthetic fragrance oils, or candles with paraffin wax – but due to the lack of regulations, there they are.

Just because a product smells nice does not mean it is suitable for aromatherapy. As a consumer, this unfortunately means that you’ll have to do a bit more research in order to find the right essential oils and other aromatherapy products to use. However, the psychological and physical benefits are sure to make it worth the research time.

Is Aromatherapy a Type of Medicine?

Thanks to many individuals reacting against the growing number of synthetic products and harmful chemicals produced in the past century or so, aromatherapy has come to be understood as a new fad in some circles. However, that is far from true, as the use of essential oils dates back over a thousand years.

And though herbs and essential oils have long been used in medicinal practices, it is incorrect to think of aromatherapy as medicine, or a way to “cure” an ailment. It’s important to enter into a personal aromatherapy practice with the correct mindset in place: aromatherapy will not cure you, but it may help relieve stress, improve your mood, or assist with symptoms or a physical condition you’re currently experiencing.

Incorporating aromatherapy into your lifestyle can allow you to see many improvements, but you can’t expect it to do the impossible. Do not expect to replace scientific medicine in your life with holistic aromatherapy. If anything, aromatherapy should be seen as a nice complement to your standard medical care.

It’s also important to note that aromatherapy is different for everyone. We all have our own chemical makeup and react to the natural constituents found in essential oils differently. Many people have had success with aromatherapy in aiding specific ailments, such as arthritis. But just because one thing worked for someone else, that does not mean the same will happen for you. Consulting a qualified practitioner is a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life.

The Science Behind Aromatherapy

While aromatherapy can assist in healing an illness, but cannot be depended upon as a cure, there is still some science to back up the claims that using essential oils can have tremendous health benefits. For example, the natural constituents that make up essential oils are known to have positive effects elsewhere. Constituents found in essential oils like lavender and chamomile include esters, which are known to be anti-inflammatories and carry sedative properties. This is why lavender and chamomile essential oils are commonly used in relaxation recipes. Since each essential oil is unique and made up of different constituents, it simply makes sense that each would be used in different recipes for specific purposes.

Of course, no matter how nice they smell, not all essential oils are safe and/or suitable for use in aromatherapy. Wormwood and mugwort essential oils, for example, should be avoided, because they contain thujone, which can potentially cause liver damage. All essential oils can be misused, of course, and hazardous oils can potentially be used in a correct manner. But it’s best to simply avoid these potentially hazardous oils – aromatherapy is meant to benefit you, after all!

Many people use aromatherapy for its spiritual benefit as well. Of course, these benefits cannot be proven, nor disproven, through scientific research. For these uses, simply use your own best judgement.

Essential Oils & Society

Though essential oils have been in practice for many centuries, there are a number of reasons for their surge in popularity. Thanks to the internet, society is much more conscious of health and alternatives to approaching wellness, including aromatherapy. Aromatherapy sometimes gets treated as a “buzzword” in the media, even when it is inaccurately portrayed. Thankfully, with the internet, it is also much easier now to find the correct research on aromatherapy.

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