Have you ever wondered if there was a natural way to enhance your psychological and physical well-being? Aromatherapy might be right for you! Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. The natural oils are called essential oils.
Each essential oil is different and offers a different therapeutic property. Some common essential oil medicinal properties include antidepressant, relaxant, decongestant and stimulant. Essential oils do not cure or prevent issues, but aid in naturally helping the body heal itself! There are no side effects or addictions, just a natural way to care for your health.
Ways to Use Essential Oils:
- Topically- You can apply oils undiluted or diluted on to your skin. This method is great for local relief of an ailment. The best part of the body to rub oils on are your feet! Believe it or not, once applied to your feet it will enter the bloodstream quickly.
- Internal- Not all oils can be ingested! Make sure labels are labeled for internal use. This method can help digestive and anti-inflammatory issues.
- Aromatic- Aromatic is the most common way to use essential oils. For the best results, this is done by simply using an aromatherapy diffuser and inhaling through your nasal passages. You can also smell essential oils from the bottle, make essential oil sprays or spritz in your environment.
Essential Oils We Love:
- Chamomile- Not only is Chamomile good for tea but it has great healing properties! There are two types of Chamomile plants: the Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. Chamomile is a powerful calming agent, antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and overall mood lifter. Perfect after a long day at the office!
- Eucalyptus- There are over 500 varieties of Eucalyptus trees! Eucalyptus, a great respiratory agent, can be extracted from trees native to Austraila. Eucalyptus is also a great agent as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant. It also has cooling properties and helps with headaches, fevers, muscle aches and pains.
- Jasmine- Jasmine is a popular essential oil for its sweet-smelling aroma native to China. But it offers much more than that! It helps ease depression and childbirth, enhances libido and is great for respiratory problems, addiction issues and reducing stress!
- Rosemary- Add Rosemary oil to your diffuser to enhance memory, relieve congestion and sinusitis issues. Blend it with massage lotions and oils to help aching muscles, arthritis, liver and gallbladder congestion and digestive disorders. Rosemary oil can also help with hair growth when added to shampoos! If you feel yourself getting groggy throughout the day, add a couple drops to your hand and inhale!
- Lavender- Lavendar is another popular oil for the sweet smell it gives off. But it’s also a great stress relieving oil and helps aid against migraines, colds and flu. Adding lavender to your next bath is a great way to enjoy the oil! Lavender also offers therapeutic properties such as: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative.
What is your favorite essential oil?