Since I first heard about it I wonder what was that about, aromatherapy? Is it worth trying? Will that work and for which ailments? Well, to find out and answer to these and many more questions I had a look at medical libraries and scientific trials on aromatherapy and their results, and you know what, after writing this article the way I thought about aromatherapy completely changed, and so you will I hope.
For those of you that have already tried it this article will give you an insight on those treatments and essentials oils about which you didn't know yet, and for those who didn't it will give you a perfect excuse to try it. Aromatherapy is one of the complementary and alternative medicines used to treat various diseases and symptoms, because essential oils have many kinds of pharmacological actions including anti-microbial, sedative, analgesic, spasmolytic and estrogen or steroid hormone-like effects, etc. .
Essential oils are in fact everything but oils. Essential oils do not contain any fatty acids that will eventually justify to define them as "oils", they are purely and simply highly concentrated plant extracts that exert powerful cosmetic and medicinal properties. Essential oils have been traditionally used to reduce body tension and emotional stress, being the most common types of essential oils are bergamot, lavender, and geranium. Some essential oils have been found to exert sedating effect, such as bergamot, lavender, chamomile, and other essential oils [2,3]. Image left: Themed herb pots -Aromatherapy- by Leonora Enking under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Common name: Lavender, English lavender, common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved..