Further, aromatherapy though does not cure a major illness or condition by itself but rather it is often used as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of medical and psychiatric conditions. Aromatherapy can help with the symptoms of certain disease and affect the mood of the person using it. For instance, it will not cure cancer but can improve the quality of life of the person taking chemotherapy by improving mood or easing nausea. Moreover, it was never intended to replace standard medical care. Aromatherapy can offer an alternative to an over the counter medication, such as eucalyptus to clear nasal passages, and replace chemical drugs. There are also practical benefits to common symptoms such as wounds, PMS, menstruation, indigestion, insomnia, fatigue and anxiety.
Historically, aromatherapy has been practiced since the dawn of time. Ancient writings tell us that the Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all used aroma oils. In 1930 it was discovered that lavender would help a burn to heal without scarring. During WWII, oils were used as antiseptics to treat the wounded.
Indeed, aromatherapy is now one of the fastest growing fields in alternative medicine. Individuals use it in homes, hospitals and clinics. In Japan, engineers are incorporating aroma systems into new building. Aromatherapy is particularly effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders. In one study out of Great Britain and reported in the British Medical Journal Lancet, researchers found that elderly patients reported better sleep when lavender aroma was wafted into their rooms at night.
Consequently, anyone who is having the intent of including the use of essential oils into their daily health practices; it is a good thing to note that these products are not regulated in the U.S. Any product, which uses essential oils, can be marketed as a product for aromatherapy. The best advice is to seek the advice of a health food specialist or herbalist you trust to ascertain the brand that is the most pure and best for health practices.
Individuals who use essential oils should also take precautions against using directly on the skin and not consumed internally without personal counsel from a trained aromatherapist. Essential oils that should be used on the skin must be applied in diluted form, cut with another oil, because they are extremely irritating to the skin.