What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant extracts to promote physical and psychological well-being. The pure essential oils obtained from a variety of plants, which have been steam distilled or cold-pressed from flowers, fruit, bark, and roots have been utilized to help treat a variety of ailments for hundreds of years.
Aromatherapy has also been shown to help with easing aches, pains, and injuries as well as acting on the central nervous system to relieve depression and anxiety, reduce stress and promote mental clarity.
Here are some of our favorite essential oils and their benefits:
If you've ever walked into a spa and took a deep breath in, you'll most likely smell a subtle hint of Lavender. As great as it smells, Lavender is also an effective stress-relieving herb. Lavender is also used as a healing aid against colds, flu and migraine and probably the most widely used of all herbs in aromatherapy. Add a couple drops of this essential oil in your tub for a relaxing spa like experience. A little goes a long way!
Did you know that peppermint has a refreshing cooling effect and is widely used to increase mental alertness? Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties as well. It is widely used as a cooling agent which enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and can also aids in digestion. You can make you own homemade vapor rub by mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil to help reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.
Eucalyptus has a powerful scent and is easily recognizable. As an essential oil, Eucalyptus is an effective agent against respiratory diseases. Its cooling properties help with muscle aches and pains and helps fight migraines and fevers. Eucalyptus also works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilize eucalyptus for colds is to place several drops of this essential oil into your diffuser before going to bed.
Lemon is widely appreciated for its “clean” smell, but has numerous therapeutic qualities as well. It increases concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as a bug repellant.
Ylang-Ylang has a sweet aroma is great for reducing stress and as an aphrodisiac. While its calming properties are its most powerful, Ylang-Ylang oil is also used to soothe headaches, nausea, skin conditions, stimulate hair growth, reduce high blood pressure and fight intestinal problems. Place a few drops on your bedsheets or in your favorite lotion.
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Whatever your condition, and whatever essential oils you choose to use, always consult your doctor before embarking on aromatherapy or a new treatment plan. Also, be sure to only acquire essential oils from approved sources and don’t attempt to mix and use oils unless you have been trained as a professional aromatherapist. This article is not intended to be used for medical advice, treatment or prevention or take the place of a medical doctor.