What are healing oils and how can they help you?
Healing oils therapy uses a plant's aroma-producing oils (essential oils) to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plants flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots. The oils are mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol, or lotion) and then put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled. The oils can also be massaged into the skin or poured into bath water. The use of healing oils originated in Europe and has been practiced there since the 1920s.
How healing oils work
Practitioners believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Impulses are then sent to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body can be calming and stimulating.
Healing oils are said to help:
- Depression and stress
- Promote a general sense of health and well-being.
- They have also been used to treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including insomnia, dementia, and to aid women in labor.
A wide range of health professionals (such as massage therapists, nurses, and counselors) may have experience and training in healing oils. It is important to talk with your primary care provider to see whether healing oils may be helpful and safe for your specific health condition.
You can discuss healing oils with a certified therapist or make an appointment by calling 608-392-5005.