One of the oldest forms of therapies is aroma therapy which has been rediscovered as well as revived for its healing power. In fact, it was a forgotten science of health. Now, of late, its utility has been realised.
Aroma therapy treated as the most potent form of natural therapy and beauty care is based on refreshingly different scientific principle. It is a fact that while herbal medicine relies on the extracts of plants, aroma therapy uses only the most potent i.e. the vital essence of plant energy which are known as essential oils.
These essential oils are actually natural capacitors with the ability to store energy and release it when so required. In aroma therapy, a single drop of oil from a plant is used which may well be equivalent to an ounce of some plant when it is used in herbal cures. According to experts of Ayurvedic medicines, the Indian medicinal system also nourish the body which revitalise the nervous system as well as relieve fatigue and enhance immunity.
In nutshell, Ayurveda rejuvenates the whole system, tones up the body and relaxes the mind. There are some special types of therapies for particular problems such as ?Abhyanga? which is a traditional Ayurvedic massage with herbal oils and it induces relaxation, improves eyesight, reduces high blood pressure and also eliminates impurities.
These types of herbal range of products are usually based on the principle of Indian medicines and have been formulated with aqueous herbal oils and distillates, essential oils and plant extracts. This type of product gives unique formulations, each steeped in the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of health, rejuvenation and longevity.
There are products like wheat germ body oil, wheat germ detox and also stimulating massage oil which are based on the principles of Aromaveda and contain natural oils of almond, wheat germ and avocado as a base. These products contain essential vitamins for maintaining and rejuvenating the natural balance of the skin.
The natural purity of these products makes them non-comedogenic and assists the skin to breathe and remain healthy. On the other hand forest essentials combines cold pressed oils from fruits, flowers, barks and roots to bring the complete body care. It also provides a wide range of facial and body oils. The useful examples of facial oils are apricot kernel oil and almond oil with Vitamin E which are to be massaged in upward strokes on to face and neck, leaving the eye area. We may leave it as long as possible and then wipe off with a cloth or cotton wool wrung in hot water.
From forest essentials, massage oil for body can be extracted. For instance?sandalwood, bitter orange and bergamot, lime and lemon, lime and ginger, eucalyptus and lemon grass, etc. can be utilised. Similarly, a pure cold pressed light sesame oil may also be good for massage.
There is also aroma therapy bath shower and massage oil, like bitter orange and cinnamon, rose absolute, lavender fields, grape fruit and mandarin. These fragrant blends are also high level hydrating oils which can be put in the bath tub.
There is also natures essence and may be used as the body massage oil. It contains some special blend of geranium, wheat germ and carrot oil. The natural essence offers rejuvenating and anti-ageing effect, which is also good for chest, neck and body massage. To massage tired feet and rough hands, there are some unique combinations of citrus oils, which also softens the skin.
There are also some aromas oils (like La-Benz) for dry skin which are special facial massage oil with geranium, wheat germ and benzoin and are best for relaxing aroma facials. For normal skin, ?rose care aroma? oil is also useful which is an effective face massage oil with rose blend and good for facial muscle toning.
The skin care products are formulated and duly engineered and also tested by a team of chemists, dermatologists, aestheticians and environmentalists. These products of advanced technologies also release active ingredients from flowers and plants to provide skin'sown protective and rejuvenating function. The pure plant based products are best for body and skin care.
There are some aroma magic ranges, which are wonderful collections of bath and body oils. To help relieve stress and tension, there are also some preparations specially for women.
These aroma products enable one to feel well-being and elation. They also promote clarity of thoughts and help in arousing all senses, along with dreams to induce restful sleep.
Some aromatic products offer milk protein which revitalises the skin and thus helps to ease wrinkles and also smoothes the skin making it radiant. It has rich ingredients like almond oil, honey, wheat germ extracts and milk protein along with seaweed. Usually, the body massage oils are blend of vegetable and essential oils to nourish the skin and keep it firm and resilient.
Aroma therapy bar consists of anti-stress bath oil, muscle relaxant oil and also pain relieving oil. Overall, it is observed that aroma therapy has a profound effect on the mind and emotions.
In fact, inside each of us is a finely balanced bio-rhythm, affected by aroma. Therefore, subtle scents lift the spirit and bring us closer to nature.
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