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I Remember That Scent!

29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Massage, Spa Treatments | Comments Off on I Remember That Scent!

Massage therapy, massage, stress relief, relaxation, day spa, and aromatherapyJust the other day my sister and an old friend, and I were reminiscing about growing up together. The funny thing is we got on the subject of perfumes and we all remembered wearing strawberries and patchouli oil fragrances back in the 70s.  To this day if I come across it I’m nostalgic. Boy, the things we remember. Wearing strawberries and patchouli was really big in the 70s. And no, we were not hippies either.

 

Today aromatherapy is very popular and many people find it healing and soothing. It is a form of alternative medicine. Plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils are used for psychological or physical wellness. Many find it therapeutic when used in massage therapy. The oils can be used through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response. Some people will admit aromatherapy helps them with allergies and sinus conditions. 

 

People seek aromatherapy in place of medicines, but it is not advised to stop any medications without consulting with your physician. Most enjoy going to a day spa for relaxation and they just enjoy anything that smells good, like scented candles, potpourri and perfumes. They say it’s a real stress relief even without a massage. But having a massage makes it even better.

 

There has been a lot of research done from laboratory and clinical studies that say aromatherapy has remarkable healing properties. They are available in health store markets, pharmacies, and are increasingly being used in clinics and hospitals.

 

Some common therapeutic uses

 

Lavender – Minor burns, insomnia, pain relief, and wound care

Peppermint – Headaches, fever, nausea, and fatigue

Ginger – Nausea and inflammation

Rosemary – Stimulant and anti-infective agent

Eucalyptus – Respiratory infections

Lemongrass – Fungal infections

 

Basically, aromatherapy and essential oil therapy mean the same thing. But there are many essential oils that do not have a pleasant odor.