Aromatherapy is a form of holistic or alternative medicine which uses aromatic essential oils from certain plants to benefit people and give them a sense of well-being.

Essential oils come in different scents and effects.  These are intended to provide aroma or relief from certain bodily discomforts or minor health problems.  Some of them have a soothing effect on your mind and body to relieve you from stress which is the root of most ailments.

Here are the top five essential oils in aromatherapy:

1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is the source of one of the best essential oils in aromatherapy.  Its leaves have a scent which is able to relieve nasal congestion due to cold.

Aside from its ability to clear your nasal passage, eucalyptus is also known to strengthen the immune system and provide relief to tense muscles.  It should however be noted that eucalyptus is not suitable for use by people who are suffering from asthma.  Eucalyptus is also known to have toxic effects if used in large amounts.

2. Lavender

As an essential oil, lavender is generally good for your skin for its ability to make you look younger.  It is used as a component in air fresheners, soaps and disinfectants.  It is also capable of curing cuts, minor wounds and burns.  Many people also use lavender to alleviate depression and improve the digestive function.

3. Sandalwood

The aroma of sandalwood is good for combating negative energy which could be pulling you down.  Its sweet woody smell helps to reduce stress as it gives your body and mind a relaxed state.  Sandalwood is also known to boost the immune system

4. Chamomile

The calming effect of chamomile has made it one of the most popular scents for relieving stress and inducing sound sleep.  Aside from its soothing effect on your mind, it is also capable of relieving tense muscles and body pains.

Chamomile has been used by women for its relaxing effects on women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms.  Its calming effect has also been known to calm down hyperactive children.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary is a very popular aromatic Mediterranean shrub which has a wide range of therapeutic uses.  One of its best properties is its ability to boost the immune system and fight infections.  It is used as an active ingredient in massage oils, bath products and creams.

Unlike eucalyptus, rosemary can be used by asthmatic people who are suffering from nasal congestion.  Rosemary leaves are also known for its ability to heal minor wounds, cuts and bruises.