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5 Myths about Aromatherapy

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 05:02 PM

Almost all the aromatherapists use essential oils for massage, while some of them use aromatherapy diffusers to make a room fragrant. Aromatherapists claim that aromatherapy oil diffusers help you lower stress, sleep well, and treat various diseases.

 According to the aromatherapy legends, people of Egypt believed that certain smells either increased alertness or promoted tranquility. They used fragrant oils from plants for embalming as well. But there are an equal number of detractors of aromatherapy as well. So, we will discuss five common myths about aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy can replace standard medical treatment. Aromatherapy treatment is considered complimentary to standard medical practices.It cannot replace any standard medical treatment regimen, it can only offer alternative treatment.  However, aromatherapy can provide you some relief in some common diseases, and can help you relax. According to aromatherapy legends, it has been practiced even in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece.  
Aromatherapy can cure serious medical conditions. Sometimes, even standard medical treatment regime fails to treat diseases like AIDS and cancer in advanced stages. But this does not mean that aromatherapy can treat such patients using essential oils. These aromatherapy misconceptions often confuse common people, making them take wrong decisions regarding the treatment of these serious diseases.
There is no harm in using essential oils. If not used properly, aromatherapy may harm the user. Essential oils should not come in direct contact with skin as they can burn. Always mix them with proper base oil before using them. Not all essential oils are safe for small children, people with sensitive skin, and pregnant women.
 Always warm essential oils before use. You can get the nice aroma of the essential oils even without heating them. Essential oils are highly flammable, so never try to heat any essential oil over open flame.
 Scented oil and essential oil are the same.  Synthetic scented oils used in products like air fresheners and perfumes are different from essential oils. Essential oils are natural extracts of different aromatic plants. These are not produced synthetically in a chemical laboratory.

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