What Is Aromatherapy? – Benefits & Uses

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses fragrant extracted oils made from flowers, wood and herbs for therapeutic benefits. These concentrated oils are breathed in (inhaled) and can also be used as a lotion for massages and aromatic baths. It is an alternative therapy that has been going on for centuries and is still used worldwide today to help improve psychological and physical wellness. Different concentrated oils (natural essences) can be mixed and blended to make a combination for various specific needs.

Many benefits are attributed to aromatherapy use, but the most common ones are for stress and anxiety relief. These relaxing and healing effects become more popular every day. Aromatherapy has also been proven to be very convenient for people who have trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Aromatherapy oils can be used with vaporizers, fragrance lamps, candles, incense, oil burners and electric or candle oil diffusers. If you do not have any of these at home, you can also add some drops of the preferred essence or oil to a pot with boiling water, this will help spread the fragrance in the air, from which it can be directly inhaled. These oils can also be mixed with base oils or carrier oils to be able to use them as lotion on the skin. But before using any aromatherapy oil or essence, make sure that you have had the proper advice and guidance from an aromatherapy specialist, since a wrong mixture or the wrong fragrance may produce allergies or a counterproductive effect.

 

Oils to use and their Benefits:

 

  • Activates and strengthens the immune system :

Peppermint, lemon, frankincense, eucalyptus and cinnamon.

 

  • Faster pain healing:

Everlasting (Helichrysum), calendula, lavender and buckthorn.

 

  • Mitigates depression:

Chamomile, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, juniper and jasmine

 

  • Relieves and prevents headaches:

Sandalwood, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary. These oils can also be mixed with the following base oils to be diluted and can be easily used as lotion directly on the skin, neck and face area or for body massaging purposes: sesame, almond and avocado oils.

 

  • Boosts body and mind energy levels:

Cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, jasmine and clove.

 

 

  • Helps increase blood circulation:

Eucalyptus, black pepper, cypress and ginger.

 

  • Acts as an antidepressant

Jasmine, chamomile, lavender and peppermint.

 

  • Provides a restful sleep

Ylang-ylang, rose, sandalwood, lavender and chamomile.

 

  • Increases memory retention:

Sage oil

 

  • Helps reduce stress and anxiety

Bergamot, lemon, lavender, peppermint, ylang-ylang and vetiver.

 

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