Essential oil therapy is a noninvasive treatment option that can be personalized to relieve stress, improve your mood, and relax your body. Eve Bend, DC, and her team offer essential oil therapy at their practice in Eastpointe, Michigan, to help with stress, headaches, migraines, and muscle pain. Dr. Bend has been in practice as a chiropractor and functional medicine specialist for more than 15 years and, along with her team, provides detailed and personal care to help with your health concerns. Schedule a visit today by calling the office.
Essential oil therapy — also called aromatherapy — is a form of traditional medicine that uses fragrant essential oils to improve your mood and well-being. Essential oils may be inhaled, diffused, or placed on the skin to help with:
Some essential oils can also act as natural antibiotics and antivirals and may be used in combination with other integrative medical treatments to boost your immune system or reduce your risk of infection.
The fragrance of essential oils can be picked up through nerve endings in your nose that provide your sense of smell. These nerves then send signals to the limbic system and hypothalamus in your brain. The limbic system and hypothalamus are responsible for emotions and relaxation, respectively. These areas of the brain, in turn, send out signals of relaxation and feelings of well-being to your body.
Additional research indicates that applying essential oils to your skin can influence the nerve endings in your skin that sense changes in temperature, pressure, and pain. Applying the essential oils may signal your brain to respond by increasing blood flow to the area or decreasing joint pain. Some essential oils also stimulate a cooling effect on your skin that can be helpful for relieving muscle tension and some types of headaches.
When used as directed, essential oils are safe. For babies and young children, oils must be diluted before applying them to your child’s skin. The team can help you determine the correct ratio when diluting essential oils for safe use around children and pets.
Not all essential oils are created equally, though. The team specifically uses Young Living® essential oils that are organic and sourced from plants and natural elements, rather than made in a lab. They contain no additives or fillers, which can make other essential oils less effective or even harmful to your skin and health.
Before beginning any essential oil therapy protocol, the team explains how to use the essential oils safely for maximum benefit and effectiveness.
To learn more about essential oil therapy, schedule a visit with Eve Bend, DC, online or by phone now.