During an aromatherapy massage, using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.
Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm and make you feel relaxed while others energize.
Use of therapeutic essential oils in massage may be beneficial for the following conditions:
- Dementia symptoms
- Menstrual pain
- Supportive care for people with conditions such as cancer