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.
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.
Other Resources for Using Aromatherapy
- Essential Oils Must-Haves by Danielle Haldane (see her site for a lot more information)
- My Secret Potions by the Holistic Fish
- Why You Should Sleep With A Diffuser by yours truly
- 10 Best Essential Oils For Cold and Flu Season by Heidi at The Healing Harvest Homestead
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.
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.
- bath salts
- oils, creams, and lotions
Most aromatherapy products include essentials. A lot of them include herbs and flowers as well.
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
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:
- tea tree oil
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.