Aromatherapy 101


Some Perspective

With this decade coming to an end, our world is becoming more and more demanding. Being well into the age of technology although we are more efficient, the standard for output has multiplied.  Output of product, wealth, ideas and emotions. This is taking humanity to unseen heights, and yet it creates a by-product of subtle misery. People are getting more stressed, more anxious, more depressed. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness, and by age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. This is especially true in metropolitan areas like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa. The good news is that these problems can be treated effectively through a number of different ways. I am personally a big believer of conventional treatments such as antidepressants, but I can’t deny that these methods often become addictive and can lead to unwanted side effects. With the help of the internet and social media, more and more people are being exposed to and want to pursue the benefits of psychotherapy and holistic medicines such as aromatherapy.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of herbs or essential oils by inhaling them through the nose and mouth or by applying them onto the skin. It is also common to see essential oils used in massages and baths. Essential oils are extracts from flowers, herbs and other parts of plants and trees. The inhalation of these herbs and essential oils activates receptors in the nostrils and send signals through the nervous system. Parts of the brain are then activated which can alter its chemistry and play a role in emotion.

How to “Aromatherapy”?

One of the best ways to engage in aroma therapy is through vaporization. Vaporizers can come in all shapes, sizes and formats. Herb vaporizers are meant to be used with dry flower or dry herbs while concentrate vaporizers and wax pens require extracts in the form of wax and oils. These devices heat your herbs, waxes and oils to an optimal temperature without initiating combustion. This ensures the release of all beneficial agents of your material while suppressing tar and other harmful toxins.

What Are People Using Aromatherapy For?

As I said, I am a believer in traditional medicine so I would not suggest you replace your regular medical treatments with holistic medicine, but people have used it to complement them; And in the case of aromatherapy, to cope with certain symptoms and improve their mental health. Here are some examples:

  • Improve sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Reduce depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Ease pain
  • Nausea relief

Recommended devices for Aromatherapy

There are portable vaporizers like the DaVinci MIQRO which are easily hand-held and light-weight, perfect for on-the-go vaporization. Vaporizer pens, also known as wax pens or dab pens such as the G Pen Nova are ultra-portable and extremely discrete; they are often mistaken for household items like pencils or mascara. On the opposite of the spectrum, desktop vaporizers like the Arizer Extreme Q are meant for powerful and convenient at-home use. These are some of the best vaporizers in Canada. The Oxygem Shop offers these devices often with free same-day shipping. Ready to start your aromatherapy journey? Here’s a 5% off discount code: G5STAR.

Be sure to do extensive research and consult a medical professional before engaging in aromatherapy.

 

 

 


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