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Aromatherapy: inhaling an aroma from essential oils, herbs, flowers, and other scents directly or indirectly to improve your feeling of emotional and spiritual well-being. Most people use therapeutic-grade essential oils for this purpose.
“Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.” *
Due to the strong aroma of essential oils, people usually add them to a carrier oil like olive, coconut, or jojoba oil. Add a carrier oil before applying them to the skin or using them in some diffusers. Smelling the aromas from the bottle, on a cloth, or added to bathwater may not need a carrier oil.
The following are proven benefits of aromatherapy:
Many different scents can help you relax, but most people think of lavender first. However, other aromas may help reduce stress like lemon, peppermint, ylang-ylang, clary sage, geranium, and bergamot.
Several people drink chamomile tea or use lavender to help them sleep. Also try jasmine, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, vetiver, and sweet marjoram.
Peppermint, cinnamon, clove, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, ginger, jasmine, rosemary, and sage all may increase your blood circulation, raise energy levels, and stimulate your body.
Decreases Respiratory Issues:
Some aromatherapy oils have antiseptic properties that cleanse fungus, mold, and bacteria from the air. Other oils like orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, tea tree (melaleuca), black pepper, and oregano can help reduce respiratory problems.
Tea tree (melaleuca) oil’s antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties make it popular for treating dandruff and other skin problems. Also try lavender, calendula, lemon, orange, jasmine, frankincense, juniper berry, and clary sage.
Relieves Pain or Inflammation:
One of the best-known use of aromatherapy is pain reduction. The following scents that help reduce pain: frankincense, ginger, lavender, clary sage, rose, and geranium. For inflammation, try rosemary, peppermint, frankincense, and spearmint.
By increasing the blood flow and improving hormonal balance, your libido improves. Therefore, try these aromas – ylang-ylang, clary sage, sandalwood, rosemary, and geranium aromas.
Aromas can also help with nausea, bloating, indigestion, and constipation by speeding up your metabolism resulting in faster digestion of your food. The scents to try include lemon, ginger, peppermint, thyme, clove, turmeric, grapefruit, eucalyptus, and chamomile.
Boosts Memory and Focus:
Sage is known to increase memory capacity for a while in some people. Also, lavender, orange, frankincense, basil, peppermint, and rosemary may boost your mental focus and concentration.
Due to our uniqueness, aromas may or may not help us with a specific problem. Therefore, try different essential oils to see which scents and applications work best for you. Also, it is not uncommon for people to have allergic reactions to some aromas, especially if you are allergic to it in food.
Note: Using essential oils for aromatherapy is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, anyone can market a product as suitable for aromatherapy. If a product says “Made with Essential Oils” or “Made with Natural Ingredients,” it means the product contains a small quantity of essential oils. The rest of the product may contain chemicals to represent the scent.
Also, learn more about essential oils and how they combat stress and anxiety by reading the article by Wellness Aromas.
Seeds of Wellness carries a variety of aromatherapy products – Sacred Path Candles, Pinch Me Therapy Dough, Wild Berry Incense, natural skincare products, and essential oils. Stop in and see what products work best for you.
* “What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?” written by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. on Mayo Clinic website
What is Aromatherapy? 9 Ways It Benefits Health” by Dr. Axe
“10 Amazing Benefits of Aromatherapy” by Organic Facts
“Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy” by doTERRA
“How to Combat Anxiety and Stress with Essential Oils” by Wellness Aromas
“A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils” by Oshadhi: Passion for Nature