The benefits of aromatherapy have been known about for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until the 11th century that a reliable method of distillation was discovered which made the extraction of the essential oils from plants more widely accessible. It is important when considering using aromatherapy to treat an illness or ailment that you consult a qualified source. Some essential oils can be quite toxic if used incorrectly which is why expert information is required. Many of the oils work well when combined with others, while some are so powerful that they must be diluted into a carrier oil before use.
The Health Benefits
Stress Relief: Many people turn to simple aromatherapy methods for relieving stress and anxiety. Many aromatherapy oils are known relaxants and can help to soothe a worried mind. The most common use of home aromatherapy is for stress relief, as they oils required are easy to obtain and well known such as lavender and lemon oil, peppermint, bergamot and ylang-ylang.
Mood Enhancing: Second to the relief from stress is the use of aromatherapy to lift the mood and ease depression. The best essential oils for this purpose are lavender, jasmine, chamomile and peppermint.
Aid to Memory: Aromatherapy has been proven to slow down the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, as well as being used as an alternative or complimentary treatment for those suffering from dementia. Sage oil is the most widely recommended for use in this area.
Boosting Energy Levels: Modern life demands more and more from us every day, so it is hardly surprising that we should look for something to boost our energy. Many essential oils are known to boost the circulation, stimulate the mind and the body and generally give up a boost without all of the negative side effects of caffeine and other stimulants. Oils for boosting energy levels include black pepper, cinnamon, tea tree, rosemary, sage, clove and cardamom.
Healing: Many oils are known to aid the process of healing and recovery, especially calendula, lavender, rose-hip and buckthorn. They are also known to help in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Headaches: Aromatherapy is an excellent alternative to pharmaceuticals when a headache strikes. Oils such as peppermint, sandalwood, eucalyptus and rosemary can all be of benefit when added to a carrier oil and massaged into the neck, scalp and temples. Almond, coconut, avocado and sesame are all good carrier oils to use.
Aid Sleep: Sleep depravation can leave us feeling terrible and cause an increase in any physical conditions we may be suffering from. In order to restore a more balanced sleep oils such as lavender, sandalwood and rose as well as ylang-ylang, neroli and benzoin can be used.
Boost the Immune System: Boosting our immune systems means we are less at risk of contracting bugs and viruses. Immune system boosters include oregano, lemon, cardamom and eucalyptus as well as cinnamon and frankincense.
Pain Relief: Aromatherapy for pain relief is probably its most beneficial use. Oils which reduce pain include lavender, peppermint and rosemary as well as chamomile, clary sage and juniper.
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