Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
There are three different modes of action in the body:
- Pharmacological; which affects the chemistry of the body
- Physiological; which affects the ability of the body to function and process
- Psychological; which affects emotions and attitudes
These three modes interact continuously. Aromatherapy is so powerful because it affects all three modes. You choose the application method based on where you want the effects concentrated and on what is most convenient and pleasing to you. Aromatherapy can be used as massage oil or just as an inhaler.
- Chinese tiger balm: Relieves aches and pains
- Cedarwood: Small amounts used to treat congestion
- Chamomile: Used to treat depression
- Cinnamon: Reduce drowsiness and irritability
- Sage: Relieve muscle and nervous tension
- Clove: Can be used as an antiseptic and pain-reliever
- Cypress: Can be used to treat low blood pressure and circulation
- Eucalyptus: Used to treat flu, fever and a sore throat
- Ginger: Used to stimulate and relieve headaches
- Jasmine: Calm nerves, treat depression and insomnia
- Juniper berry: Can be massaged into skin to treat arthritis and varicose veins
- Lavender: Relieves muscle pains, migraines, sinus infections, relieves insomnia and is used in many cosmetic products
- Lemon: Treats sore throats, coughs and some infections
- Lemongrass: Can be used as a pain-reliever
- Orange: Can be used to alter moods and lower high blood pressure
- Peppermint: Used as a digestion aid.
- Rose: Can be used to treat cuts, burns and skin problems
- Sandalwood: Can be used to treat infections and counter inflammation
- Tea tree: Treats bacteria, fungi, viruses and stimulates the immune system
- Thyme: Can be used to fight infections
- Ylang Ylang: Relaxes both the mind and the body
Other uses for aromatherapy may include:
Treats pimples, asthma, bladder infection, burns, chest congestion, cuts, depression, dermatitis, dry skin, earache, eye strain, fatigue, athlete’s foot, headache, herpes, weak immune system, and nausea, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, improve memory, menopause, muscle pain, nerve pain, PMS relief, sore throat, stress relief, tooth pain and warts.
Aromatherapy is very versatile and can be used in many different ways to treat a wide range of physical and emotional problems. Aromatherapy is so easy to use, who wouldn't welcome a prescription to bathe with scented oils or to receive an aromatic massage?