How To Use Aromatherapy for Healing

Many people don’t realize just how useful aromatherapy can be for many ailments. From restlessness or sleeplessness to anxiety and depression and even headache, pain and stomach issues, there is an aromatherapy scent for almost everything.

aromatherapy oils and scents on table

How to Use Aromatherapy for Healing


To help document all of the different uses for essential oils and aromatherapy, FragranceX put together the following list of healing aromatherapy scents. It categorizes them so that they’re easy to read and understand. Best of all? They’re all backed by scientific studies!

For example, did you know that the scent of orange has been shown to reduce anxiety? It has even helped those with PTSD. The scent of lemongrass has also been shown to relieve stress and tension.

In terms of physical pain, camphor essential oils are actually FDA approved for topical use to ease pain. In terms of aromatherapy, though, the scent of camphor has been shown to ease tension headaches.

There are 12 other examples in the below infographic. Keep these in mind next time you’re ailing and want to try a natural remedy before taking medication.


aromatherapy infographic


Other Resources for Using Aromatherapy


Interesting Facts about using Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. It aids in the improvement of the mind the body and even the spirit they say! It enhances both mental and physical health.

Not everyone is completely receptive or in agreement with using aromatherapy whether for personal or medical or even ethical reasons. But recently aromatherapy has gained much recognition in the fields of science and medicine.

Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Chinese and the people of India to make salves and oils to heal and soothe problems in their cultures.

essential oils and a purple flower used for aromatherapy

How Aromatherapy Works

Basically, aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and/or the absorption of the skin. Common products used with aromatherapy are numerous. Some common ones are listed below.

  • inhalers
  • masks
  • bath salts
  • diffusers
  • oils, creams, and lotions

Most aromatherapy products include essentials. A lot of them include herbs and flowers as well.

chamomille used in essential oils

Benefits of Using Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been proven beneficial in many areas. Some of the benefits may include:

  • improving digestion
  • can lessen pain and make it more manageable
  • can soothe sore joints and muscles
  • helps improve the quality of sleep
  • helps with the fight in bacteria and viruses
  • can reduce stress and anxiety
  • helps reduce stress and it’s symptoms
  •  aids with immunity and overall health
  • can lesson migraines and regular headaches
  • treats many conditions like cancer, acne, menopause, and arthritis

bath oils made for aromatherapy

Common Oils Used with Aromatherapy

There are so many numerous essential oil companies out there. Each one is a little different than the other. While I won’t recommend one essential oil company over the other without having used more than one companies oils, I will say to search the resources above for recommendations.

The scents and benefits to each oil vary. However, some research should be done to verify that you are purchasing the correct oils for your situation.

Here are just some of the most common essential oils available:

  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • chamomile
  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • lavender
  • tea tree oil
  • rose
  • lemon

essential oil bottles on a shelf

Finding an Aromatherapist

You may want to meet with a certified aromatherapist. Especially when you’re just getting started with aromatherapy or if you have specific issues you’d like to address. You can find one by using an online directory or by asking at a spa or a yoga studio. Many massage therapists can also be or recommend an aromatherapist also.

Always make sure to speak with your doctor before starting any aromatherapy treatment. Remember that aromatherapy is meant to be a complementary therapy. It’s not meant to replace any doctor-approved treatment plan. Use caution and please do your research.

Many people don’t realize just how useful aromatherapy can be for many ailments. From restlessness or sleeplessness to anxiety and depression and even headache, pain and stomach issues, there is an aromatherapy scent for almost everything.




  1. I keep lavender and peppermint close at hand, and recently shared the benefits of rosemary with my mom. This is a great article, and has inspired me to do more!

    1. Author

      I love it too. I keep it in my office, tied in a hanging bunch near my desk. There is something so soothing and calming about the aroma!

    1. Author

      I am so glad you found this helpful!! Thanks so much for taking the time to come by!

  2. I really love essential oils and I have found that they do work! I like this list. It’s very practical.

    I use a diffuser often for freshening up and setting the mood of our home, and I use peppermint and lavender/frankensense for my migraines.

    I appreciate your article.
    Blessings, Laurie

    1. Author

      Essential oils are so great and beneficial in so many ways! Diffusers are a wonderful item to have especially for the rooms you spend the most time in! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi Annie,

    I love using essentials in our home by diffusing them! I’ll go through spurts where I’ll do it constantly, and then slowly stop for a while and pick back up again.

    My allergies have been crazy lately, so I’ve been using a lot of peppermint and eucalyptus to help with my stuffy nose…no fun!

    Thanks for sharing with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    1. Author

      Keep using that mint and it will definitely help with that stuffy nose! Allergies are the worst!

  4. But aromatherapys has it’s side effects, for example is lavender, lavender is not recommended during pregnancy because it can be dangerous fot them.

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