Ever wonder what’s all the buzz about aromatherapy? And, can smell and scents really affect our mood and relieve stress? We checked out Aromaweb.com and Livestrong.com to learn more about aromatherapy, essential oils and the use of aromatherapy products for specific uses.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. An essential oil is a liquid that is typically distilled (by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. In general, aromatherapy products are applied externally or inhaled.
Aromatherapy Products and Their Specific Uses
Chamomile helps with PMS, burns, skin conditions, headaches and digestive problems. Chamomile is often used in the form of herbal tea.
Eucalyptus is typically commonly combined with peppermint to help with respiratory problems associated with colds or the flu. Some over-the-counter cold medications have eucalyptus as an ingredient.
Ylang-ylang is said to work as an antidepressant, relieve stress and reduce muscle tension. Ylang-ylang is often inhaled or applied in the form of lotion.
Clove oil is used as a topical analgesic for toothaches, helps with nausea or vomiting, is an antispasmodic and helps prevent gas. Clove can also be used as an antiseptic for cleaning.
Lavender helps heal burns and wounds, is an anti-inflammatory agent and has a sedative effect on nervousness and anxiety. Lavender can be added to a bath, added to a perfume or inhaled.
Peppermint is often used to treat headaches, muscle aches and stomach problems.
Rose oil helps with PMS, anorexia, respiratory problems, insomnia and skin problems.
General Safety Information: Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner for all of the following situations:
- Before taking any essential oil internally
- If you are pregnant, have live damage, cancer of any other medical condition
- Before using essential oils with children.
- Use extreme caution when using oils with children.
For more information, visit the Essential Oil Safety Information page.