When going in for a treatment for any illness, one rarely gives ‘medicines’ a second thought. That is because these pharmacological agents have done a lot in the way of establishing themselves as an effective treatment for almost every ailment. But besides medicines, many other methods have also proved to be useful and effective as well when it comes to alleviate disease symptoms.
Aromatherapy is one such alternative treatment strategy, which makes use of plant essential oils to improve a person’s mood, and cognitive function and also to enhance overall health.
Aromatherapy assists and enhances the body’s natural ability to heal and prevent many diseases.
It appears quite obvious that inhaling pleasant fragrances improves one’s mind quickly. But how does the therapy actually work? Well, the small particles or molecules of an essential oil get immediately absorbed through the mucous membrane of the nose and reach the lungs when inhaled. Next these molecules enter the blood stream and in this way circulate around the body, imparting their healing powers at different sites.
Depression is a fairly common illness characterized by symptoms of sadness, gloominess, and loss of interest in usual activities and many of us might have experienced it. Once trapped into the realms of depression, it seems almost impossible to get rid of the situation. Medicines are always there to help, but, the alternative treatment strategy of aromatherapy has also great roles to play in relieving the symptoms of depression.
Aromatherapy for depression has many benefits. It is quite useful in treating mild forms of this health condition, which may not require drugs.
Some studies have revealed that alpha waves are increased in the back of the head by smelling lavender and hence, help you to relax.
Similarly the fragrance of jasmine increases beta waves in the front part of our head. This improves the alertness of mind.
Some sort of research in West Virginia revealed the fact that people, who slept in room fragranced with jasmine, experienced more peaceful sleep than those who slept in a non-fragranced room.
Sandalwood is famous in the world of aromatherapy for its soothing qualities. It also behaves as an antiseptic. Sandalwood essential oil can be used for massage as well as for inhalation. Its sedative properties are usually used as aromatherapy for depression.
Basil essential oil is another essential oil used for treating depression. The oil was used by Greek nobles in baths and massages due to its aromatic fragrance. Basil oil is beneficial in treating depression, anxiety, and fear and to lift fatigue. But overuse of basil oil should be avoided. Basil essential oil is also not recommended during pregnancy.
The benefits of aromatherapy for depression can also be seen in the powers of rose essential oil for it has pleasant effects on the entire nervous system. It is labeled as a soothing agent, an anti-depressant and a fatigue reliever.
Aromatherapy is good for eliminating depression with least possibilities of side effects, but, you should always consult your healthcare provider as in severe cases medicinal help is required.