Aromatherapy: Absorption Vs. Inhalation
Aromatherapy has been used since ancient times as a natural healing aid, promoting emotional and physical well-being through the use of essential oils. Incorporated into treatments by practitioners around the world, it can be found in numerous spa services and beauty products.
The quickest and most effective way to use essential oils for aromatherapy is through inhalation, because it provides the most direct route to the brain. Essential oils have tiny molecules that, when inhaled, reach the olfactory epithelium, which is made up of two groups of about 25 millions receptor cells at the top of the nostrils. Odors are then converted into messages, which are relayed to the brain for processing.
Used in the form of steams, oils and vapors, inhalation is an excellent technique for alleviating sinus congestion, amongst other purposes, but it's not recommended for those with asthma.
When essential oils are applied to the skin for absorption, the molecules pass through the skin and are carried away by the capillary blood circulating in the dermis. These molecules are then taken into the lymphatic and extracellular fluids. The body takes the most vital properties of the essential oils and uses what it needs; the rest is metabolized and eliminated.
Aromatherapy through absorption is employed in skincare products, bath remedies and hands-on spa treatments, and its especially helpful for muscle aches and joint pains.
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