There are a lot of things to be said about the benefits of Aromatherapy. Most of us know that essential oils are meant to calm or energize the mind, body and soul, cohesively. But did you know that aromatherapy can also protect and heal?
Follow these brief guidelines to help get you started on your journey with essential oils and aromatherapy:
1. Stress Relief
Many people already make use of this benefit of aromatherapy as it is the most widely researched and well known. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lavender, lemon oil, peppermint, bergamot, ylang ylang, and vetiver essential oils. Some studies have also shown that lemon oil can improve mood and reduce outbursts of anger.
Experts say that aromatherapy is best when incorporated with other alternative therapies, such as massage or meditation. Jasmine, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, basil, bergamot, rose, and geranium are just a few of the essential oils sometimes used to help ease the effects of depression.
Rosemary, basil, cypress, peppermint, sage are just a few essential oils known for their profound memory enhancing effects, helping boost focus and recall time. Researchers have even found that sniffing Rosemary can improve your memory up to 75%.
4. Boost Energy Levels
Most oils in combination with others will have several different effects. Consider orange oil for instance, simply by lifting your mood, which is what orange oil does, it can also help increase energy levels by reducing stress and depression. Some other oils to consider include lemon, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, mint, cedarwood, ginger, rosemary, and basil.
5. Healing and Recovery
The research on aromatherapy and the corresponding benefits are both plentiful and promising. Even as one of the most popular uses for aromatherapy is as a natural stress reliever, there are a lot of other ways to heal and protect yourself with essential oils:
- Headaches – Research studies have shown Peppermint Oil and Tiger Balm to be some of the most powerful essential oils for headache pain.
- Sleep Aid – according to one blogger, the trick in using essential oils for sleep, is finding exactly which essential oil your body likes best. She lists lavender, vetiver, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, marjoram and cedarwood as options to try. You can use the oils topically or aromatically for this benefit.
- Immune System – Bay laurel, cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, franincense, oregano and sage are thought to increase the activity in different parts of your immune system, and are suggested to be used when you have been exposed to viruses or other disease producing organisms. Begarmot, roman chamomile, lavender, lemon, myrrh, pine needle, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme and vetiver are also essential in helping your body’s immune system build. According to Aromatherapy for Dummies, these oils will keep your white blood cells in production.
- Pain Relief – One trial study indicated that lavender reduced both the unpleasantness and intensity of pain with comparison to different pain responses, including heat, pressure and blood flow restriction. The study also found rosemary oil to have effects, though to a lesser degree.
- Digestion – Peppermint blends, citrus and lavender seem to be the most versatile oils for digestion. Use the oils in your foods or just add a splash to a glass of water first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
- Menstrual Cramps – Lavender, clary sage and marjoram oils are among some of the few recommended oils for menstrual pain.
As a side note – consider using essential oils to:
Combat Jet Lag – Cape chamomile, geranium, german chamomile, ginger, lavender, lemongrass and peppermint are among a few essential oils used for jet lag.
Kill Germs – keeping the home/office space clean prevents immunity issues in the first place. To fight bacteria, use antivirals such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus, lemon, and lemongrass. Some experts will suggest using oregano, thyme, cinnamon, melissa, and hyssop as strong antivirus fighters.
Tootbrush Cleaner – Kill bacteria and germs with any of the aforementioned oils to keep a clean toothbrush.
Mold Treatment – Add about ten drops of oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray onto hard surfaces where mold and mildew are growing. Just watch, see what happens.
Laundry Freshener – Add a few drops to your washer load. Use lavender and citrus oils like orange and lemon to help fight grease, stains and odors.
Finally, take not to the works cited below this article. This should be enough to get you started on your own research.
Don’t forget, with any such changes in dietary intake of these oils, you should always know what you’re using and what you’re using it for. Do YOUR RESEARCH for each oil individually. There are more benefits than one can count or memorize. It may take some time to get used to the types of oils that work best for you.