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Natural Health: Aromatherapy


As its name implies, aromatherapy is a practice that uses the scents for therapeutic purposes, using essential oils extracted from plants to improve the overall health of the individual. Its use goes back to the origin of man who stoked the fire by burning wood and plants, and when he realized that pleasant odors emanated from the plants he learned to use them in religious rites.

The Greeks and Romans were teachers in aromatherapy. In the early twentieth century we see the revival of the art of aromatherapy with the French chemist Rene Gottefosse, who found that essential oils contain powerful antiseptic and healing properties and demonstrated that human skin can absorb fatty substances if they are small enough as it happens with these oils. When essential oils come in contact with the patient's body, they oxygenate your cells, strengthen your immune system and relieve physical and psychological ailments.

Salud naturalEssential oils are chemicals formed by odoriferous essences of certain vegetables that can be extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves, roots, seeds, stem, resin and moss; In some cases semi-synthetic substances or synthetic obtained by distillation or volatile solvents. Odoriferous substances as essential oils emit molecules that are detected by olfactory cells, which are in the top of the nose, and are connected directly to the brain by a kind of long nerve filament.

The area of the brain directly associated with smell is intimately connected with the area of the brain known as limbo, which is what has to do with our most subtle reactions, like emotion, memory and intuition. The olfactory area of the brain also connects to the hypothalamus that controls the entire hormonal system, so we conclude that any process that can send impulses directly to the brain can be used to influence the physical and emotional body, and can stay for a long time, even if the aroma is no longer perceived.

Aromatherapy has many uses, including the following:

  • Baths. Aromatherapy baths have been used with pleasurable and therapeutic purposes throughout history. In our CNI we use it for these purposes by considering the physical and emotional problems of the patient, recommending that the patient always smell the aromatic formula, before starting any treatment. Also rubbing a small amount on the back of the hand, if the aroma is pleasant, you will have a beneficial effect.
  • Reflexology. In reflexology, aromatherapy prepares, supports, benefits and relaxes the patient for better responsiveness.
  • Freshener. To purify the atmosphere in every room of the CNI, you can enjoy different aromas scattered by sprays, diffusers, candles, which are dispersed through the air and provide a relaxing environment.
  • Massage. For a good massage, the oils help to relax the patient and allow a better massage.