Aromatherapy is a healing system using volatile plant materials called essential oils.
Essential oils usually can’t be mixed well with water and instead are diluted in substances like pure ethanol. Most essential oils must also be diluted in a carrier oil so they’re not so potent (strong).
Essential oils can be combined together to create healing activities more powerful together than separately (synergy), but because the wrong combinations can trigger allergies or become toxic, aromatherapists must be properly trained in the art.
Some common uses for essential oils in aromatherapy include:
- Supporting sleep – oils with a sedative effect include chamomile, lavender, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, ylang ylang
- Boosting energy – useful essential oils include cinnamon, clove, angelica, tea tree, rosemary, and sage
- Relieving stress – essential oils for stress relief include peppermint, bergamot, lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, vetiver
- Offering antidepressant support – oils include jasmine, chamomile, lavender and peppermint
- Supporting memory – sage oil
- Boosting energy – rosemary, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, angelica, jasmine, tea tree
- Supporting healing and recovery – oils include rosehip, calendula, Everlasting, buckthorn
- Reducing migraines and headaches – useful essential oils include eucalyptus, sandalwood, peppermint, rosemary essential oils.
Read the following blog to learn more about aromatherapy and massage.
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“Scents are all around us – some natural, some manmade. Some scents are pleasant while others are offensive. And ‘unscented’ seems to be a very popular category of just about any kind of product you can think of, from skin care to cleaning products.
In this post we’d like to talk about a very specific type of scent – that which comes from the therapeutic use of essential oils via a practice called aromatherapy. Aromatherapy products differ greatly from often artificially scented products such as room fresheners and perfumes, although some people choose to use aromatherapy oils for those purposes.”