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Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing, relaxing and energizing by the use of plants and their parts.
The roots, barks, flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts play a crucial part in this science. It is one of the more popular branches of alternative medicines. The word aromatherapy is derived from two words aroma which means smell and therapy which stands for healing.
Essential Oils form the basis of aromatherapy. These essentials oils are the extracts of plants and their parts and form their life force. These oils are extracted by the means of steam distillation, cold expression, or fixed oil or alcohol extraction.
They are highly concentrated and should not be used directly. These oils can be blended together and this blend is called synergy. The synergy is more potent than the individual oils combined.
To reduce the potency of these oils, you can dilute them by mixing them with carrier oils. These oils affect your mood. They enter through our olfactory system and affect the nervous system, thus improving mood and relaxing or energizing us.
This helps is alleviating stress and speeding up healing. These essential oils also have cosmetic properties and can be used in skincare and hair care products. Many of these oils have known anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. They are also used in household products for cleaning and antiseptic uses.
These oils can be inhaled, massaged onto your body, added to the bath or shower or sprayed in the room. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are the life force of the plants from which they have been extracted. When you take Aromatherapy Massage with the essential oils, these oils are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin.
Massage is more than just relaxation. Learning the right massage techniques is vital to ensure that both you and your baby experience the many benefits that massage can provide.
Parents are discovering that massage can help their child settle, sleep better, reduce crying and relieve problems such as wind, colic, constipation, reflux and eczema. It even helps reduce post-natal depression. Massage is more than just relaxation. Learning the right massage techniques from a Qualified Instructor will teach you everything you need to know – a skill for life.
Some other benefits of Infant Massage are:
- Ideal for preterm infants
- Relieves sinus and chest congestion
- Boosts immune system
- Reduces stress hormone levels in children and their parents
- Early diagnosis of potential health issues
- Reduces symptoms of Eczema
- Enhances co-ordination