Essential oils important for wellness tourism development: ministry

Essential oils important for wellness tourism development: ministry

Photo of "DIY (Do it Yourself) Experience of Indonesian Aromatherapy" participants mixing essential oil during the 2022 International Wellness Tourism Conference and Festival (IWTCF) in Surakarta, Central Java, Friday (August 5, 2022). ANTARA/HO-Kemenparekraf/FR

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism Products and Events Deputy at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Rizki Handayani accentuated the importance of essential oils in the development of wellness tourism.

Hence, people should be informed about essential oils and their benefits in order to attract tourists, she noted through a statement on Saturday.

To this end, the ministry held a workshop themed "DIY (Do it Yourself) Experience of Indonesian Aromatherapy" during the 2022 International Wellness Tourism Conference and Festival (IWTCF) in Surakarta, Central Java.

The workshop featured speakers from Karimatarii, an Indonesian aromatherapy group, and educated its participants on the benefits of essential oils as a useful practice in aromatherapy for relaxation of the mind and body and for general wellness.

One of the speakers, Hanny Gunawan, stated that essentials oil are extracted from certain plant parts that produce an aroma, with various characteristics.

Some essential oils are extracted from rhizomes, such as ginger, turmeric, or temulawak, while some are obtained from roots, bark, fruit, stems, leaves, flower petals, flower buds, shrubs, and seeds, she noted.

During the workshop, Arlin Chondro, also part of Karimatarii, noted that essential oils not only have a distinct and pleasant scent but also offer physical and mental health benefits.

The use of essential oils aid in relaxation as well as in increasing focus and warming the nasal cavity in addition to being ideal for massages, curing wounds, and proffering a sense of comfort.

Essential oils can also be combined based on personal taste. In addition, the price is relatively affordable, he explained.

Moreover, essential oils can be used through inhalation with diffuser, inhaler, or tissue, and then applied to the skin, he stated.

However, before essential oils can be applied to the skin, the oil should be mixed with vegetable oil, he highlighted. 

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