Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

The article describes benefits of aromatherapy massage for health and beauty. Aromatherapy massage is a massage therapy with highly concentrated plant oils. The essential oils can give solutions for various health and beauty problems. We can inhale the essential oil’s vapor to get its benefits. We can also use it topically to overcome various health complaints. Aromatherapy massage is the way to use the essential oils topically Feature picture credit to Pixabay.
Aromatherapy massage is more effective to heal some health complaints.

Picture 1. Aromatherapy Massage (credit to Pixabay)

In general pure essential oils have characteristics below:

  • volatile
  • sedative
  • soothing
  • calming
  • diuretic
  • stimulant
  • expectorant
  • anti-bacterial

The History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses the concentrated volatile plant oils. The oils also known as essential oils. People use aromatherapy for both physical and psychological needs. People used the word aromatherapy since the 20th Century.
 

The foundation of aromatherapy has existed since thousands of years ago. The Chinese, famous for their flavorful plants as their culture.

Aromatherapy is an alternative healing solutions essential oils

Picture 2. Chinese Incenses (credit to Pixabay

They used it for the welfare of the body, mind, and soul. The Chinese used it by burning incense to create balanced and harmonious conditions.

Primitive Distillation Machine

A few centuries later, the Egyptians created a “primitive distillation machine”. This machine can remove oil from the Cedar trees. Indians and Persians (now Iran) have been using this distillation technique. 
Cedar tree is one of many essential oils sources

Picture 3. Cedar Trees (credit to Pixabay)

The Egyptians used oil made from cedars, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg to embalm corpses. Archaeologists found the spices with the corpse. It happened when the tombs in Egypt opened at the beginning of the 20th century. The odor of the spices still smells thin.
Egypt is a source of aromatherapy history

Picture 4. An Egypt Tomb (credit to Pixabay)

The Egyptians had used the herbs as spiritual, medicine, fragrances, and cosmetics preparations. The Egyptians used the word perfume, derived from Latin per fumum. It means “passing through the smoke”. At that time Egyptian men also used perfume like women.
Egypt perfumes

Picture 5. The Egypt Perfumes (credit to Pixabay)

They used some sort of solid cone on their heads. The cone melted and covered their bodies with the scent. The Greeks learned a lot about the aromatherapy from the Egyptians. They used extraction oil as the aroma, skin anti-inflammatory, and wounds healing preparation.

Distillation

The Romans continued the tradition. They found 500 plant species that could be used for aromatherapy. The Romans also developed how to extract essential oils from trees and flowers. The discovery of thermal cooling pipes in the 11th century triggered the rapid progress of essential oil distillation. The steam distillation has existed for thousands of years. But it was not until the 11th century allowed it to remove essential oils from plant materials.

Ibn Sina Contribution

The Iranian scientist Avicenna or Ibn Sina created a threaded tube to produce the oil. The previous distillation machines used straight-through pipelines. The contribution of Ibn Sina makes distillation more focused on essential oils.
Distillation Set for the Laboratory Scale to Get Healing Solutions Essential Oils

Picture 6. Laboratory Scale Distillation ( credit to Pixabay)

Hildegarde planted and took Lavender essence for medical needs in the 12th century. She was an abbess. In the 13th century, the pharmaceutical industry was born. This encourages the distillation of essential oils on a large scale.
There is the Black Death incident during the 14th century.  Millions of people were killed in that incident.
Lavender is a popular essential oil

Picture 7. Lavender (credit to Pixabay)

People used herbs preparation against this cruel disease.
People plant and distilled more juniper, rose, and rosemary in the fifteenth century. The number of books and works that discuss aromatherapy herbs growth. People purchased this herbal oils in stores called “apothecary”.

Essential Oils Container

In 16th and 17th centuries, containers of these oils were found. The essential oils usage widespread in the 19th century. Science can separate essential oils at the beginning of the 20th century. This makes the separation between drugs and aromatherapy more favorable. It referred to as “modern medicine”.

Aromatherapy Development

At the beginning of the 20th-century, a French chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé focused on using distillation of essential oils for medical purposes. On one occasion his arms were burned. He dipped his arms into a lavender oil. The burned arms heal fast and leave only a few scars.
René-Maurice Gattefossé wrote a French book in 1937. The title is Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles – Hormones Végétales. It later changed into the English language: Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy. Jean Valnet, Madam Marguerite Maury, and Robert B contributed to the aromatherapy development. Jean Valnet is the one who dedicates the results to Aromatherapy. 
The Distillation Industry

Picture 8. The Distillation Industry (credit to Pixabay)

Indian, French, British and American people have been using aromatherapy for a long time. They used it for various functions and purposes. The combination of a variety of essential oils can produce a stronger effect. The knowledge of oil mixing is the most important in this alternative treatment.

People throughout the world use combinations of aromatherapy oils. Some essential oils can trigger allergies and even be toxic. So it is important to consult with experienced aromatherapists.
Not all combinations of aromatherapy oils recommended by doctors. This does not mean that the combinations are illegal or not effective. We need to pay attention to the reaction every time we use the essential oils.
Let us watch a video about the benefits of massage therapy below:
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Aromatherapy massage combines the benefits of massage therapy and aromatherapy. So aromatherapy massage can provide an additional level of relaxation and healing. Inhaled scent may work on client’s mind and emotions to encourage relaxation and stress release. When rubbed into the skin, massage oils containing essential oils can provide potent relief from pain and inflammation.

The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage are: 

 1. Analgesics

Drugs used to treat pain can cause side effects on the body. Pain is one of the common conditions that can be overcome with an aromatherapy massage. Bergamot, black cumin, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, thyme, vetiver, wintergreen, and yarrow oil are good to relieve pain.

2. Blood Circulation Improver

The blood flow increases to the muscles and vital organ when parts of the body are gently manipulated with an aromatherapy massage. Cypress, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper berry, and sandalwood are recommended to encourage blood circulation and strengthen capillaries.

3. Depression Reliever

We can use aromatherapy to relieve depression. The side effects are milder than pharmaceutical antidepressants. Psychiatrists are also needed to assess whether depression is continuing or worsening. Aromatherapy experts recommend bergamot, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, orange, peppermint, lavender, and patchouli essential oil to reduce depression.

4. Digestive Problems Healer

Certain digestive problems such as constipation, indigestion, and bloating can be treated with the aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage can speeds up metabolism so the foods can be digested faster. Citrus essential oils including lemon and orange are usually best to treat digestive conditions. Some studies suggest chamomile, clary sage, dill, fennel, ginger, lavender, and oregano.
Aromatherapy massage can heal some digestive problems

Picture 9. The Digestion System (credit to Pixabay)

 

 

 

 

Rub the abdomen with a blend of appropriate essential oils, or adding them to a warm bath to help ease stomach and bowel disorders. Essential oils are not recommended for internal use.

5. Energy Booster

Caffeine, nicotine, energy pills, or narcotics have devastating effects on the body. Diet and exercise can also help, but many people use aromatherapy to get a bit more excitement. Some essential oils boost energy and stimulate the body and mind without harmful side effects. Angelica, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary oil and sage oils can boost energy.
Aromatherapy massage can boost energy

Picture 10. An Energic Woman (credit to Pixabay)

6. Expectorant

For a dry cough try this blend:

Eucalyptus – 8 drops

Hyssop – 4 drops

Pine Needle – 2 drops

Lemon – 2 drops

Add to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil, lotion or cream of our choice. Blend well and rub on chest twice a day.

7. Facial Improver

Essential oils are micronized particles of the plant’s properties. The therapeutic compound is so tiny that 10,000 units would cover the head of a pin. They are able to penetrate cell membranes and are received by the bloodstream within five minutes of inhalation. Aromatherapy massage can repair fine lines, maturing skin, rosacea, sun damage or acne.

Facial aromatherapy massage balance the two main principles of skin care: cleansing or detoxifying and nourishing or regenerating. It also introduces active phytochemistry via essential oils in the base oil. All essential oils have an element that can not be manufactured in any laboratory which is vital life force.

 

8. Headaches Reliever

Aromatherapy is a great solution to relieve headaches, reducing stress and anxiety. Bergamot, birch, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, melissa, marjoram, peppermint, Roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, sandalwood oil, spearmint, and sweet basil oil can relieve headaches and migraine. We can also mix this oil with a carrier oil and spread it to skin, scalp, neck, and temple. Almond oil, avocado, coconut, apricot, and sesame oil are good carrier oils for headaches.
Relieve headache is one of aromatherapy massage

Picture 11. A Woman Suffer from Headache (credit to Pixabay)

 

 

 

 

 

9. Immune System Enhancer

Aromatherapy can enhance the immune system. Essential oils have the antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial effect. It can protect us from illnesses and infections. Cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, and peppermint essential oils boost the immune system. A study had proved that serum cortisol level was reduced significantly after aromatherapy massage.

10. Insomnia Healer

Lack of sleep can cause medical problems, fatigue and lack of energy. Aromatherapy can help to overcome the problem of insomnia. So the patients can have sound and quality sleep. Agarwood, benzoin, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, Roman chamomile, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oils cure insomnia disorder.

11. Memory Improver

Alzheimer’s is still considered an incurable disease. But there are certain ways to reduce or slow its progression. Aromatherapy massage becomes an alternative to treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s  and dementia disease. Basil, Cyprus, peppermint, rosemary, Sage Oil are recommended oils to improve memory. Another way to prevent Alzheimer is by consuming turmeric. Read more about benefits of turmeric here.
Aromatherapy massage can boost memory

Picture 12. Nerves Connection (credit to Pixabay)

 

12. PMS Reliever

Birch, chamomile, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, rose, and ylang-ylang is essential oil used to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

13. Stress Reliever

We can use aromatic compounds of different essential oils as relaxants. It can help to calm the mind and relieve anxiety. Bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, rose, rosewood, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oil can relieve stress. Several studies have shown that lemon oil can improve moodLavender essential oil produces an effect similar to anti-anxiety medications like lorazepam which work by stimulating serotonin production.

14. Toxin Removal

The gentle manipulation of the body along with the scent of essential oils encourage lymphatic drainage that assists in the elimination of toxins. Clove, lemon, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon teatree, mart, may chang, mint family, myrrh, nees, rosemary,  valerian root, is essential oil helpful in the toxins removal from the body.

15. Wound Healer

Many essential oils are beneficial to stimulate the wound healing. This can be caused by the increased oxygen flow and blood circulation to the wound that needs to be cured. Anti-microbial properties keep the body protected during the healing phase. Buckthorn, calendula, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemon, oregano, peppermint, rosehip, rosemary, sandalwood oil, and tea tree oil can speed up the healing process. Some people use aromatherapy to overcome skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.
 
Conclusion
Aromatherapy massage is a powerful way to heal many health complains. Aromatherapy massage showed to have more beneficial effects than inhalation aromatherapy. Always consult the experts before using essential oils to cure health problems. Make sure to get essential oil from reliable sources. Do not try mixing and using oil without guidance from experienced aromatherapists.

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What is your opinion about the benefits of aromatherapy massage for our health and beauty? That is amazing, isn’t it? Have you ever tried aromatherapy massage? Please write your thoughts about your experience dealing with aromatherapy massage and what the benefits you get in the comment column below and I will be more than happy to reply your comment.

30 Replies to “Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage”

  1. I didn’t realize just how long and involved a history aromatherapy has! Very impressive! I also love all the different potential benefits. I have allergies and so I do worry about allergic reactions – but, again, all the benefits makes it sound so intriguing.

  2. I really like lavender and aromatherapy I will have to put what I have read here today to use. I really enjoyed how well you described each topic. Thank you.

  3. Hi Melani, wow, thanks for this super comprehensive post. I am a qualified Aromatherapist but haven’t practiced for a few years. I have forgotten most of this information, especially the history. Fascinating. I just joined a network marketing company that includes essential oils in its range, so it was time to brush up on my knowledge. So pleased to have found your post!

  4. I enjoyed reading about the history of aromatherapy massage. I haven’t really thought about the hundreds of years of use and research that have gone into essential oils and the effects of aromatherapy massage, but I definitely want to know more about healing digestive issues and speeding up metabolism. It seems like aromatherapy massage could be a solution to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. I will have to do some personal research on this!

  5. Thanks for the article, I might have to give this a go. I have had depression/PSTD since I was in my teens sadly & there are days where it gets the best of me.

    I know you probably are in the UK, but if by some chance you are, do you know of any recommended spots to go to for this?

  6. A very informative article, Melani. I don’t know much about aromatherapy, but I have noticed certain smells are relaxing. I use incense from time to time and have noticed the relaxing nature of certain smells. The problem with incense is they leave a smoke film on the walls and furniture over time. Plus I change the air filtration screen with the central air more often and you can see the soot from the incense. So, this would be the way to go. As I said, I don’t know a lot about aromatherapy. However, your article was a great resource for me.

    Don

    1. Hi, Don.Incense smoke can leave a smoke film on the walls and furniture. The focus of the article is about aromatherapy massage. That is a combination of the essential oils healing capability and the benefits of massage therapy.Aromatherapy massage is recommended to overcome many health complaints.

  7. I went to a health conference a month ago and learnt about the health benefits of Aromatherapy massage. When I heard how it can help with the improvement of blood circulation and digestive problems, plus the many other benefits, I knew that Aromatherapy massage is what I need. The promise to myself is to get one soon. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a win for health.

  8. This is very interesting. I am one who does not believe in taking medications. But I like this concept because it is pretty much a natural way to treat certain body problems. Are there many establishments that provide this service in the United States that you are aware of?

  9. Really love all the history of medicinal use and distillation techniques in this post. I’ve been a huge fan of aromatherapy for years and just ordered some new essential oils for winter. They help me with so many things – hair health, skin health, breathing issues – and you’ve given me even more ideas. thanks~

  10. What a wonderful detailed post about Aromatherapy, Never knew than Egyptian were the first people to manufacture essential oils and use it, and I love the machine Ibn Sina created to make it easier to produce oils, I really love Aromatherapy, and I usually use Eucalyptus and Lavender oil to get rid of stress, but I didn’t know that Aromatherapy has all these numerous benefits!
    Thanks for the great post.

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