What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practic of using natural oils found in various parts of different plants to enhance our mental and physical well-being. Inhaling the scent of essential aromatherapy oils can stimulate brain function, improving the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Essential oils may also be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream to help physical and mentessential oils(133831)Credit: http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-2531476197al ailments. There are many different essentail oils on the market today, each one with its own unique healing properties. [7679]

In order to use many essential oils, they must first be diluted in a carrier oil (such as olive, jojoba or coconut oil) and then massaged into the skin. Alternatively, essential oils may also be used in a bath, or inhaled through steam or a diffuser. You may also add essential oils to homemade soaps, lotions, shampoos or perfume.

To correctly use aromatherapy, it is important you treat your symptoms with the correct oil(s).

For Seasonal Depression:

  •  Bergamot
  •  Grapefruit
  •  Sweet Orange
  •  Geranium
  •  Ylang Ylang

Mix the above oils together for a light citrusy scent that is an instant mood lifter even in the middle of the darkest winter.

For Grief:

  •  Rose Absolute or Rose Otto
  •  Sandalwood 
  •  Neroli OR Petitgrain

This mix will help to soothe grief related pain and nerves.

For Anxiety:

  • Lavender
  •  Grapefruit
  •  Marjoram
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium

These essential oils will soothe your nerves and ease anxiety related depression during stressful times.

For Insomnia:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile

Mix the oils with about two oz of distilled water in a spray bottle and lightly mist your pillow before bed to help ease yourself into a good nights sleep.

For Low Energy:

  • peppermint
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • lemon
  • eucalyptus
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine

Can't seem to stay awake? Try some of these essential oils for a boost of mental and physical energy.

For The Common Cold [7679]:

  • tea tree & eucalyptus –  excellent for fighting infections, viruses and bacteria, and for soothing aching limbs and congestion
  • lemon – to reduce fever
  • thyme - stimulates the immune system
  • clove – anti-viral.

For Sore Muscles:

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint

Mix the above oils with a carrier oil and massage into sore, tired or aching muscles.