Aromatherapy



Essential oils in various forms have been used for centuries as a unique form of alternative medicine. Essential oils are the concentrated liquid form of various plant materials that contain the key compound of that plant. Depending on the essential oil that you use, it can provide numerous and unique benefits to the body, mind, and soul.

Essential oils are also commonly used in cleaning products, perfumes, and more. By safely using essential oils, you can begin incorporating this healing modality into your life and gain many of these benefits today!

The History of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy practice is commonly credited to India and China. But the first known creator of essential oils is actually believed to be the Egyptians, although the exact roots of this practice remain largely unknown. Many other cultures around the world have used essential oils for a variety of purposes.

The first time aromatherapy was coined as a unique practice though was not until the 1900s in France. Since then, aromatherapy has exploded in popularity and has spread around the world as a highly acclaimed form of alternative medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

Aromatherapy has been beneficial for people over the years and due to these benefits, people continue to engage in this practice. Aromatherapy is unique in how it provides beneficial effects for both the body and the mind while causing minimal to no side effects. The advantages of this unique healing practice cannot be ignored, so give it a try for yourself to see!

Top Essential Oils: The Uses and Benefits

Aromatherapy targets an individual mentally and physically, providing unique benefits depending on the particular oil that is used. Each oil has its own benefits because each plant contains unique properties. See below for some of the most common essential oils along with their uses and benefits that they provide!

Lavender: This is the number essential oil for stress relief and relaxation. It works extremely well for relieving headaches, and reduces insomnia, it can reduce itching from bug bites.

Tea Tree: Often used in shampoos and face washes and has antimicrobial properties. It reduces dandruff and acne, fights skin infections, and treats minor cuts and burns.

Orange: It is loaded with Vitamin C and great for boosting immunity. It also increases concentration, boosts energy, promotes pain relief, and relieves symptoms of anxiety.

Sandalwood: A very effective essential oil and can reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and believed to have some aphrodisiac properties too.

Rose: Treats acne and reduces signs of aging when applied topically, relieves symptoms of depression, and promotes stress relief when inhaled.

Lemon: Improves energy, reduces inflammation, and is a natural antioxidant.

Ylang Ylang: Promotes relaxation, improves self-esteem, and is a natural insect repellent.

Eucalyptus: This oil is best used for aiding a cold or a flu. By inhaling this essential oil, it opens up your airways and improves your breathing and so reducing flu symptoms.

Green Tea: This is a popular essential oil known for the effects it has on energy and concentration. It is beneficial for the skin and creates for a youthful glow!

Clove: Often used to treat toothaches due to its properties as a topical analgesic. It can relieve symptoms of nausea and prevent digestive gas The antimicrobial, anti fungal and antioxidant properties helps highly for boosting immunity and treating injections.

Plus, so many more! There is a large variety of essential oils in existence and the list above is just a start. As you continue to delve into this practice you will only discover more and more benefits and uses along the way.


How to Practice Aromatherapy

There are many ways to practice aromatherapy, but the most common ways are by infusing essential oils into jewelry, applying it topically, or adding it to your diffuser. See below for some brief directions on how to practice these top methods for aromatherapy on your own.

  • Aromatherapy Jewellery: The best aromatherapy jewellery is made out of lava rocks or special carriers for foam pads. When you obtain this jewellery, you simply need to place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the lava rock or foam pad, place the jewellery on your body, and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy on the go! Aromatherapy jewellery looks beautiful and it can provide you with the benefits of essential oils all day.
  • Aromatherapy Diffusers: Diffusers are special electric machines that combine your desired essential oil with water and spread it in steam form throughout your room. Each diffuser is used differently so make sure to follow your diffuser’s directions.

But all diffusers generally involve adding a bit of water to a particular canister, then putting a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the water, and finally closing it up and turning it on to get the steam started!

Aromatherapy diffusers are great for adding the scent of your favorite essential oil to any room. The air particles from the scent can be easily and comfortably inhaled, giving you the benefits of aromatherapy with ease.

  • Topical Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can be done topically by mixing your favorite essential oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil, and then putting it any place on your body.

It is best to avoid any sensitive areas of your body though, such as your eyes, mouth, nose, or genitals. Make sure not to apply your essential oil directly to your skin as it can cause chemical burns.

Topical aromatherapy is best when you want to use essential oils for massage, pain relief, itching relief, or other skin conditions. Always make sure to first patch test on a small area of skin though to make sure that you will not have a widespread allergic reaction.

There are many other ways to practice aromatherapy besides the above-described methods. So, consult with a trained aroma therapist to guide you through this practice if you are looking for something more!

You can also practice aromatherapy on your own though and a trained therapist is not necessary to enjoy this healing practice.

Regardless of the method of aromatherapy you choose to do, make sure to always use essential oils safely as there are risks to the practice.

To protect yourself from some of the negative effects of aromatherapy, make sure to always read any warning labels, consult with your doctor, use a trusted brand or source for the essential oils, and practice aromatherapy safely.

The ingestion of essential oils is often believed to be highly unsafe, so it is not recommended to engage in this practice in particular. But generally, the diffusing essential oils or applying essential oils topically in combination with a carrier oil is likely safe. Again, always consult with your doctor though before starting any practice.


The Pros and Cons of Aromatherapy

Like any other healing practice, aromatherapy has both positive and negative sides to it. Before engaging in any form of medical treatment, it is always best to consult with your doctor to make sure that it is safe and good for you. As you consider whether or not you want to start this practice, see below for a brief list of the top pros and cons of aromatherapy.

Pros:

  • Promotes stress relief and relaxation
  • Can help treat some skin conditions and muscle aches
  • Provides a beautiful smell
  • Is a natural alternative to other medicines

Cons:

  • Allergic reactions are possible
  • Impure oils can be dangerous when used
  • Can cause sensitivity to the sun
  • Headaches, light-headedness, and nausea have been reported with some oils
  • Can cause chemical burns if not used correctly

To protect yourself from some of the negative effects of aromatherapy, make sure to always read any warning labels, consult with your doctor, use a trusted brand or source for the essential oils, and practice aromatherapy safely.

The ingestion of essential oils is often believed to be highly unsafe, so it is not recommended to engage in this practice in particular. But generally, the diffusing essential oils or applying essential oils topically in combination with a carrier oil is likely safe. Again, always consult with your doctor though before starting any practice.

Summary

There are many different alternative healing methods out there, and aromatherapy is one such method that is particularly effective and natural for benefiting both the body and mind. So, try using some of the essential oils above to start gaining the benefits of aromatherapy in your life!

Thank You for reading, if you have any questions or comments, then please leave below and I’ll be sure to help you out!

 

 

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  1. I have used different essential oils over the years. It’s good to learn a little bit of history on Aromatherapy. I have always found it quite beneficial. I never experienced any side effects and always felt an increase in my serenity and peace of mind. I’m going to have to try Ylang Ylang as I never used it before. 

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    • Thanks Joseph for your comment and it shows that essential oils has benefited you and its good to try a variety to find one that is suitable. Ylang ylang smells delicious and great benefits too!

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