Aromatherapy refers to the use of natural plant extracts for therapeutic purposes. These extracts, called essential oils, are produced from flowers, leaves, bark, stems, roots, seeds and other parts of herbs and medicinal plants. They are used to relieve stress, alleviate pains and discomforts and to enhance a person’s physical and psychological well-being.

Aromatherapy has been practiced around the world for hundreds of years, and up to this day, it is still considered one of the leading alternative healing methods in the world. This is partly because each essential oil has its own property to provide healing to particular ailments and discomforts.

Most essential oils are blended with base oils and applied on the skin as massage liniment or lotion. They later find their way to the bloodstream to promote healing. Some essential oils are believed to have therapeutic effect when inhaled because their aromas contain properties that can stimulate the brain or have some calming and relaxing effects.

There are essential oils which are capable of providing relief from stress and anxiety. Others contain energizing properties while some are capable of enhancing the mood and help people relax and sleep. These are just a few of the ailments and discomforts that aromatherapy can alleviate. The knowledge of what essential oils can do has actually been passed from one generation to another.

Here is your basic guide to aromatherapy. This will help you find the right essential oil for a specific ailment or discomfort that you may feel at any given moment.

1. Soothers

Soothers are essential oils that contain calming and relaxing properties. They are intended to provide relief from the following:

Condition Essential Oil

Anxiety Bergamot, Lavender, Cedarwood Irritability Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli Stress Sandalwood, Chamomile, Lavender Grief Rose, Frankincense Panic Attack Frankincense, Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Neroli

Note:

You can combine two or more of these essential oils to get the best of their beneficial effects in one application. Just make sure that the combination can give you the aroma and effect that can provide you with the relief you wanted.

2. Uppers

Uppers are essential oils that are able to provide you with added energy boost. They can help you to overcome fatigue, ill feelings and hopelessness. They help to uplift your mood especially when you have the following:

Condition Essential Oil

Mental Fatigue Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender Depression Jasmine, Neroli, Lavender Low Self Esteem Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang Sadness Bergamot, Neroli Apathy Basil, Grapefruit, Peppermint

These are some of the basic applications of essential oils. You can use them to alleviate common discomforts without much risk from side effects. But it would be wise to seek expert advice for best results.

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