Aromatherapy can be as simple as feeling calm when you smell apple pie baking or feeling a sense of peacefulness when inhaling ocean breezes.
Let’s take a look at the therapeutic practice of using essential oils to affect mind and body. The essential oils are literally the plant oils distilled from aromatic plants. This concentrated oil can be used in many ways, but like the plants, must be used respectfully. Essential oils produce an aroma, most often pleasant, and thought of as medicinally benign. Just the opposite is true as these oils are 75-100 times more potent than the plant they are extracted from.
These oils are distilled or expressed from the plant. Oils change in character depending on the part of the plant used, which can be from the flower, the leaf, the seed, the root, or the rind. For example, the oils from the orange peel (orange essential oil) are distinctly different from the oils from the orange leaves (petitgrain essential oil) or orange blossoms (neroli essential oil).
Aromatherapy has become a trendy way to treat a wide range of conditions, including insomnia, anxiety and pain. While scientific evidence that essential oils help treat certain health conditions is lacking, aromatherapy has been used for nearly 6,000 years and is commonly used in spas and hospitals today. Some essential oils, derived from plants and used in aromatherapy, also have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
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This is probably one of the most common essential oils used because of its best-known benefit: reducing stress and anxiety levels. In addition to that, lavender is used to soothe skin irritations and is often used before bed for sleep. The calming nature of the lavender essence can help you relax and feel ready for a good night’s sleep.
I often use a Lavender Essential Oil and Vodka pillow spray before going to bed and I find it to be very helpful! The Lavender calms the mind while the Vodka is a natural disinfectant.
Lemon, along with other citrus oils, is best known for its energizing properties with the nickname of “Liquid Sunshine.” Lemon can be used as a mood and energy booster in addition to being cleansing for all aspects of the body. Some people even use it for a boost in metabolism as well. I love lemon oils because of their light and airy feeling that can definitely help improve my mood. Lemon Essential Oil works well in my homemade laundry soap recipe!
Eucalyptus oils are often used for its cleansing scent that promotes relaxation and soothing anxieties. It also has health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory on skin. Eucalyptus can be used alone but is also very commonly combined with a variety of other oils. Some popular complimentary essences include tea tree oil and spearmint oil. Tea tree and spearmint work well with eucalyptus because they both contain emotionally soothing qualities. Tea tree oil can also help treat skin inflammations similar to eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus Essential Oil in my diffuser is great for calming me down before going to bed.
Similarly, to lemon oil, orange oil has energizing and mood boosting effects because of its bright, citrusy scent. However, it can also simultaneously promote a calming effect that helps reduce heart rate. Orange oil can help with complexion of skin and acne. Additionally, when orange oil is applied by massaging it into the skin, it is known to help increase blood flow, which in turn can help with headaches and menstrual cramps. Orange Essential Oil is used in a carrier base oil for massaging my hands to increase circulation.
Tea tree essential oil—sometimes also called melaleuca oil—has been used for centuries to treat wounds and other skin conditions. The oil may be applied topically or added to skin lotions and products. Tea tree has a long history of traditional use. Australian aboriginals used tea tree leaves for healing skin cuts, burns, and infections by crushing the leaves and applying them to the affected area. The strong antibacterial properties of Tea Tree Oil can help to reduce the causes of swelling and irritation of the skin. Multiple scientific research studies have found that Tea Tree Oil is effective in treating mild to moderate acne. Tea Tree Essential Oil is used for everything!
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally to address a number of health concerns, from muscles aches and seasonal allergy symptoms, to low energy and digestive complaints. It’s also commonly used to boost energy levels and improve both skin and hair health. peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumor actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract and may be chemo preventive. I use a peppermint and vodka spray for carpets, bedding, and all over home spray. Not only does it smell good, but the Vodka is a disinfectant and Peppermint Essential Oil is said deter spiders and other insects.