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Incense and Herbal Aromatherapy

May 10, 2008
Aromatherapy is a gentle healing art that bases itself around the use of essential oils for the treatment and / or prevention of disease. It has evolved over thousands of years, and is an recognized form of medicine, going all the way back to biblical times. It can be a supplementary treatment, used along with conventional, treating the actual problem rather than covering it up, as more conventional methods of treatment tend to do.

Aromatherapy as a medicine is great it doesn't come with the unavoidable side effects that are associated with other treatments.

Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils, known also as volatile plant oils, consisting of aromatic molecules, which are easily absorbed into the skin. Incense is a popular adjunct amongst aroma therapists.

Basic and herbal are the two types of Aromatherapy, the major difference between the two is herbal is based more on the use of herbs than on essential oils. The limbic system and emotional centre of the brain are activated by the use of herbs, killing microbes and fungi. Varying results can be achieved with the use of incense.

There is a multitude of herbs that are used in herbal aromatherapy, these include clove, fir, gardenia, ginger, basil, lemon grass, lime, pine, rose, marjoram, sage, sassafras, spearmint, thyme, ylang ylang, rosemary, sandalwood, patchouli, birch, mandarin, jojoba, lavender, jasmine, grapefruit, nutmeg, citronella, and cajeput, all of which are available in the form of incense as well.

One of the most commonly used herbs in herbal aromatherapy is Chamomile, and with its distinctive apple aroma it aids sleep and helps to soothe tired muscles. It also helps by encouraging emotional peace and calm within the body. Geranium works by refreshing and relaxing the body and helping to release fears and ease mood swings.

Lavender is used in herbal aromatherapy, helping enhance self-expression and sensitivity, particularly for the introverted. It helps in the treatment of a variety of ailments and illnesses, arthritis, aches in the joints and chest, to the common cold and flu to name but a few.

Conventional medicine often treats the symptom but often not the cause. A major benefit of aromatherapy is that it helps to treat the actual problem rather than just cover up the symptoms. This means that patients will experience more of a long-term benefit rather than short-term satisfaction. For this reason herbal aromatherapy is popular throughout the world, particularly in the older cultures of the world.

Aromatherapy is used as an alternative to conventional medicine, now even some doctors recommend aromatherapy to their patients, as this form of treatment has no side effects or symptoms. The burning of incense in their surgery is a sure fire way of identifying these doctors.
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Louise Servage works for The Love Shop a business dedicated to all manner of therapies including aromas and incense, stop by for a perusal and to get plenty of great original information.
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