Aromatherapy for bad backs

September 14, 2011 Back Pain

Aromatherapy is the use of aromas for physical, mental, and emotional healing. The primary source of healing aromas is essential oils distilled from herbs and flowers. According to Hippocrates many centuries ago “the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”

The science of aromatherapy tells us that, essential oils are volatile, which means that their molecules quickly evaporate into the environment. When you inhale an essential oil molecule, its unique tapestry of active components reacts with the olfactory membranes in your nose, which is directly linked to the limbic system and hypothalamus in the brain. These two areas play a crucial role in regulating your emotions, mind, and body.

You can also apply certain essential oils directly into the skin. This is doubly effective, since the oil is not only inhaled but also absorbed into your bloodstream.

Stated uses of aromatherapy include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention and reduction of eczema-induced itching.  The efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven; however there are some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques that have shown positive effects. Although aromatherapy is not a cure condition it helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response. (Kim HJ June 2007)…


Always check with your GP at the onset of back pain and before using any alternative remedies.

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