Aromatherapy is the science that determines how scents and pheromones affect our moods and mental well-being. While aromatherapy is often used in combination with other treatments, it has not been proven to cure illnesses; it simply is effective at reducing the discomfort associated with the illness.
Aromatherapy doesn’t only help people who are struggling with illness or disease; it can also help in our daily lives. Aromatherapy has been proven to relieve stress, relax the body and mind, enhance ones mood, boost the immune, circulatory and nervous system. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy to increase the performance of any given function of ones body or mind. From relaxation, to decreasing sinus and lung congestion, to killing fungal or bacterial infections; essential oils are essential to aromatherapy treatments. Aromatherapy can also come in the form of herbs as well.
Essential oils can and should be used in a variety of ways. Different oils require different applications and techniques for use. While some are applied directly to the skin, others need to be diluted by being mixed with lotions, massage oils, or bath soaps. You can also place a few drops in a handkerchief and fan yourself with it to receive the benefits of aromatherapy.
Chamomile – relaxes your entire body and works well to reduce the suffering of those with insomnia, rheumatism or nausea.
Lavender – has been known for ages to calm and relax the body and mind as well as ease the pain of headaches or migraines.
For Anxiety and/or Depression
Basil – it’s your everyday kitchen superhero, tackling depression, anxiety and even improving brain function.
Bergamot – a scent found in Earl Grey tea, can help relieve anxiety and depression, as well as improve the symptoms of several skin conditions.
For Muscle Aches and Pain
Basil – not only can it assist with your anxiety, depression and mental performance, but it can also help to ease muscle aches.
Marjoram – it helps to relax aching muscles and muscle cramps as well as the pain associated with sprains and strains.
For a Romantic Feel
Jasmine – it’s great for improving your mood, boosting your sense of well-being and adding some romance to your life.
Sandalwood – as an aphrodisiac, it can increase the level of romantic feelings you have from its strong scent.
For More Energy
Orange, Grapefruit, or Lemon – if you’d like more energy, especially in the winter months, try using citrus scented essential oils to infuse your home with and energetic and awakening vibe. Citrus scented shower products are a great way to invigorate your mind during your morning shower.
You should never burn essential oils to release their scent into the air because most oils contain chemicals that, when ignited, release toxins or soot into the air, which is harmful to your health. Before using any aromatherapy treatment, consult your doctor to see if there are any adverse side effects associated with certain therapies or other medications you might be taking.
For a full list of essential oils and their profiles, check out: http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/default.asp
By Allison Mason