Aromatherapy uses essential oils (concentrated extracts from blossoms, roots, herbs, leaves, seeds) to promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. The oils are most often used by inhaling them or by massaging into the skin.
Essential oils are extracted one of two ways: either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.
When the essential oil is extracted via the expression method, it is actually pressed from the plant source the same way lemon juice is pressed from a lemon.
If you would like to apply aromatherapy in our INUA cabins, we recommend you to read more about our steam saunas and aromatherapy stones.
There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties:
- Eucalyptus: The health benefits of eucalyptus are wide ranging, and its properties include amongst others anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and stimulating. It is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems, including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus also removes exhaustion and rejuvenates the spirit.
- Peppermint: With its refreshing and minty aroma, peppermint supports the digestion, mental clarity, and physical/mental recovery.
- Pine: The benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation, cure skin conditions and stimulate the mind and body.
- Lavender: Its versatile and floral fragrance makes it the most popular essential oil. It has a relaxing aroma and skin-loving properties. Diffused it helps to calm a stressed mind and body.
- Citrus: With its fresh, zesty aroma uplifts and energises both body and mind, while the powerful antioxidant d-limonene supports a healthy immune system.