Aromatherapy Features

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Best Buy Walk-in Tubs' aromatherapy system is built in on our
Plus Line and
Classic Line of walk in bath tubs. It is very user-friendly and easy to use, simply
by unscrewing the chrome screw cover and dropping the packet of beads
into the reservoir. No buttons to push! Just sit back and relax.

There are small holes in the bottom of the aromatherapy reservoir that
lets the steam from the warm water circulate through the small holes to
release the smell of a very soothing and relaxing aroma. Our aromatherapy
tub comes with a starter kit of four (4) bags, which are specially formulated
for spas, hot tubs, air and whirlpool type baths. After use, they can
be purchased very inexpensively at any bathroom type store, such as Bed
Bath & Beyond, Linens 'N Things and many other places.

What is Aromatherapy?

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Think SMELL. What crosses your mind? Are you envisioning fragrant candles
or baskets of potpourri? Maybe the sensation of sitting in a garden crosses
your mind? Can you close your eyes and smell fresh baked bread? Did you
smile and feel a little calmer? You have just experienced a new age treatment…Aromatherapy….or
the benefits of smell.

Aromatherapy has its origins in antiquity with the use of infused oils,
which were made by softening, separating, soaking dried plant material
in liquids, heating and then finally filtering the material to create
a fatty oil. Many oils and their uses are described by Dioscorides, a
Greek physician born in Southeast Asia Minor, in his
De Materia Medican (On Medicine) written in the first century. While traveling throughout the known world
as a surgeon in the Roman army, Dioscorides studied and collected medicinal
substances.

In
De Materia Medica alone, Dioscorides described over 600 plants. He included notes on habitats,
methods of preparation and medicinal use of the drugs contained in the
plants. This pharmacopoeia remained the standard medical text until the
17th Century undergoing many revisions, additions and greatly influenced
both Western and Islamic cultures. Dioscorides’ approach of gathering
plants, mixing them up, trying the mixture on an individual and seeing
how it works, was simple and believe it or not very similar to that of
today’s conventional medicine and the process of approval for new
drugs. The main differences are the words used to describe the process
such as control groups, and clinical trials.

Smell is the only sense that bypasses the blood-brain barrier to the Central
Nervous System. Through the olfactory system, essential oil molecules
have direct access to the limbic area of the brain, which is the center
of man’s emotions and memory. Additionally, as in the case of massage
and direct steaming or bathing, the oils are absorbed by the skin and
carried by body fluids to the nervous and muscular systems for an overall
healing effect. In addition to the influence of aroma on the brain, the
other benefits of Aromatherapy can be found through the direct pharmacological
effects of the essential oils. The direct infusing of the oxygen cells
with the oils help to stimulate the body to improve itself; through benefit
to the individual emotionally, physically or mentally.

The combination of Hydrotherapy and Aromatherapy is a natural and very
efficient combination, as it offers both the aroma and a delivery system
through hydrotherapy in a walk in bath tub. The ease of entering a walk
in bath tub and the relaxation and benefits of hydrotherapy, multiply
the benefits of aromatherapy. During hydrotherapy, a person is submersed
in water, either to soak or to exercise. A therapist will instruct a patient
on the types of movements that will benefit his or her condition. For
example hydrotherapy can be especially useful to treat the joint pain
and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The painful swelling
in the joints that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to
decrease through the use of hydrotherapy. If an individual suffering from
rheumatoid arthritis were to combine a hydrotherapy session with the use
of essentials oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedarwood,
Nutmeg, and Yarrow they would receive an increased benefit.

In some studies of cancer patients, the use of aromatherapy has been shown
to help reduce anxiety, nausea, depression, and high blood pressure. Although
unproven by scientific studies, people undergoing cancer treatment have
reported that inhaled peppermint or ginger relieves the nausea sometimes
caused by chemotherapy and radiation. In a Japanese study, lemon essential
oil in vapor form has been found to reduce stress in mice. Aromatic wipes
with essential oils on them have been used to elicit responses from Alzheimer’s patients.

M.D. Anderson, located in Houston, TX and designated by the National Cancer
Institute as one of the first three Comprehensive Cancer Centers is the
United States, teaches a monthly aromatherapy class through its “Place
of Wellness” a center within the institution that focuses on helping
patients and caregivers deal with the non-medical issues of living with
cancer. The Place of Wellness is also the first complementary therapy
facility to be built on the campus of a comprehensive cancer center.

Aroma-therapeutic products can benefit you by creating positive feelings
that in turn influence physical changes in your body. The National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy reports that commonly used oils can have the
following benefits:

  • Headache Relief: Peppermint
  • Immune System Stimulation: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Tea Tree
  • Inflammation of the Joints: Eucalyptus, Peppermint (or a combination of the two) Cedarwood, Lavender,
    Nutmeg, Yarrow, Clove Bud and Sage
  • Muscle Tension Relief: Chamomile, Clary sage, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, YlangYlang
  • Indigestion Relief: Peppermint
  • Relaxation: YlangYlang, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Clary sage and Chamomile, Orange,
    Neroli, Sandalwood
  • Respiratory Problem Relief: Eucalyptus
  • Fatigue (emotional and mental) Relief: Basil, Clary, Coriander, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Orange, Pimarosa, Peppermint,
    Rosemary, Thyme, YlangYlang
  • Fatigue (physical) Relief: Basil, Ginger, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary

Aromatherapy treatments carry a number of benefits, including the fact
that there are likely to be fewer side effects than with conventional
medicine. There are very few conventional medicines which do not cause
any side effects at all, whereas, there are very few cases of a side effect
from a natural remedy. Side effects from a natural remedy are rare, but
they do exist and therefore it is necessary to study each form of aromatherapy
as well as to research any product which is intended to be used.

Donna Aust, Owner and President of Best Buy Walk-In Tubs, recommends Best
Buy’s Plus Line and Classic Line of Best Buy Walk-In Tubs, both
of which come equipped with the aromatherapy and chromo therapy options.
Ms. Aust stated that many of the clients enjoy the aromatherapy option
for both medicinal and relaxation purposes.

Skeptics suggest that aromatherapy is based on the anecdotal evidence of
its benefit, rather than proof that aromatherapy can cure disease. This
may very well be true. However; no one can doubt the benefits of a pleasant
memory, a memory that is brought on by the smell of honeysuckle or roses.

WARNING:

PLEASE BE ADVISED SOME ESSENTIAL OILS ARE POISONIOUS. YOU SHOULD NEVER
TASTE OR SWALLOW ANY ESSENTIAL OIL. ALWAYS TRY NEW OIL, ON A SMALL PATCH
OF SKIN, IN ORDER TO AVOID ALLERGIC REACTIONS.

Article Written by: Suzanne Burleson

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