Natural Ecosystem

An ecosystem is collectively an area where animals, plants and other organisms, also the landscape and weather, work together to form a life. Ecosystem embodies biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors.

Each factor of the ecosystem is related to the other one, either directly or indirectly. For instance, change in temperature will have an effect on plants growth. Animals who are dependent on plants as their food & shelter will have to adapt according to the change. The size of ecosystems vary – for instance the tide pools, when the small ponds are left behind when the tides are washed out, forms a small ecosystem. Such ponds contain seaweed (algae) which develops food by photosynthesis. The herbivore specie in such pond eat seaweed as food. Whereas, carnivores in the same pond rely on other animals for food.

The ecosystem prevailing on Earth is actually a series of interlinked ecosystems. Ecosystems are connected to make biome – large area of sea, land or atmosphere, such as ponds, forests, tundra, reefs, etc. Biomes are connected with each other depending upon the habitats and specie living in them. Within each biome, you may find several ecosystem. It should always be kept in mind that disturbing a single element in an ecosystem will have an effect on the other element, which in turn will cause the whole ecosystem to change and eventually disturbing whole biome.

Aromatherapy: Description, Procedures And Health Benefits

Aromatherapy is a therapeutic massage procedure in which a masseuse or masseur applies pressure to all the pressure points of the body, while the client lies back in a room with dim lighting and soft music along with soothing scents. The entire procedure is meant to calm the mind and body.

A trained aroma-therapist manipulates the soft tissue to have a therapeutic effect; the act of doing so is called massaging and since there is a use of essential oils this procedure is known as “aromatherapy.”  The essential oil(s) chosen for the massage are very important as the therapeutic effect is a result of the therapeutic properties of the oil and not the fragrance as such.

Aromatherapy makes use of reflexology as well. Reflexology is an alternative medicine according to which pressure is applied to the pressure points on the ears, hands and feet. Reflexologists believe that specific points on the hands, ears and feet have nerve endings of various organs of the body and that massaging these points has a positive effect on the overall health of the client.

Aromatherapy has a holistic approach as it incorporates various methods of massage such as Swedish, Neuromuscular Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Acupressure Massage, Shiatsu, and Rolfing.

Aromatherapy is beneficial for the treatment of many ailments. For example, it is used for the treatment of pain, nausea, muscle spasms, soft-tissue problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional stress, helping premature infants gain weight, helping elderly patients relax, helping to improve the immune system, asthma, eating disorders, hypertension and recovering from surgery.

Although aromatherapy helps in the treatment of many ailments, it is not a substitute to medications or other treatments. Additionally, if one is seeking treatment for a certain ailment, it is best to first consult one’s specialist/doctor before going for aromatherapy.