Started when the ancient Egyptians discovered the healing properties of some essential oils, the process of aromatherapy is still used today, centuries later. Now a billion dollar industry, just about everywhere you look there are candles and air fresheners devoted to the process in a variety of scents. But what does each of these oils do to help your health?
Whether you are burning a candle or using straight oil, here are a few of the most beneficial oils on the market to get you started.
The most popular of the aromatherapy oils, soothing lavender is said to promote relaxation and relieve depression. Sprinkle a few drops on lavender essential oil on your pillow to help aid in sleep, or mix with base oil and use as a rub for head and muscle aches.
A similar scent to that of apple, chamomile is far more than just a tea variety. This oil also promotes relaxation and is said to cure insomnia, anxiety, and even premenstrual syndrome.
Although many would not think of this citrus fruit as an aromatherapy scent, it has amazing benefits for memory and mental stimulation. It is also said to aid in boosting the immune system, and helping cure sinus problems. The smell is just as one would expect, lemony, and should not be used prior to going in the sun due to its acidic nature.
The cold-curing aromatherapy scent, this oil is added to a variety of cold and flu salves and over the counter medication. It is perfect for relieving stuffy noses and chest congestion. Mix a few drops of essential oil with base oil and apply directly to your chest area to relieve flu-like symptoms.
This menthol-like aroma has amazing benefits for relieving stomach troubles or menstrual cramps, just rub a few drops of oil directly on your abdomen. Other great benefits of peppermint include easing anxiety, tension, and increasing mental alertness.
Due to its antispasmodic properties, geranium oils should not be used by pregnant women. However, this sweet, floral scent is a perfect antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. It has been proven to increase the healing process when applied to burns, as well as when mixed with witch hazel, treat acne.
Before using any aromatherapy product, it is important to consult your physician. If you are on any medications, check with your doctor before starting any aromatherapy program. Many health food stores sell these essential oils, and might even have a few additional ideas on how to incorporate them into your life.