Aromatherapy Explained: Part 2
In Part 1 we went over what aromatherapy is and how different essential oils affect a variety of maladies, so now it's time to delve into the potential health benefits of the properties of different essential oils. It's important to know so that you can effectively target common ailments: from having trouble sleeping, to a compromised immune system, and everything in between. Many of these essential oils have overlapping benefits, which is why a combination of oils is usually most effective in aromatherapy. Let's dive in!
Bergamot: This oil can help with body odour, spasms, pain suppresion, improves mood, reduces stress, acts as an anti-depressant, heals cuts and scars, and promotes digestion.
Citronella: Has properties as an antidepressant, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & insect repellent. Can help with excessive perspiration, fatigue, headache, oily skin.
Eucalyptus: This oil has properties as an anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic for healing wounds, and has a refreshing effect for mental exhaustion. Can be used to help with: joint soreness, cold sores, colds, coughing, fever, poor circulation, sinusitis.
Lemon: Remedies bad breath, can improve digestion, natural disinfectant, cleanses & purifies the air & surfaces, promotes positivity. Can be used to help with: athlete's foot, colds, corns, dull skin, oily skin, spots, varicose veins, & warts. Bonus: it smells lemony fresh!
Lavender: It can eliminate nervous tension & help to induce sleep, relieve pain, enhance blood circulation & treat respiratory problems. Can be used to help with: acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, cuts, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, oily skin, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, & stretch marks.
Peppermint: Natural bug repellent, soothe headaches, aids with indigestion, increases immunity, stimulates mental activity. Can help with: asthma, colic, exhaustion, flu, flatulence, headache, nausea, sinusitis, vertigo.
Rosemary: Can stimulate hair growth, act as a disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic. It can help with: sore muscles, arthritis, dandruff, dull skin, exhaustion, hair care, muscle cramping, & poor circulation.
Sandalwood: Helps with chapped & dry skin, depression, laryngitis, scars, sensitive skin, stress, & stretch marks.
Tangerine: It has a lovely citrus-y scent, and is commonly used to relax spasms, fight sepsis, act as an anti-inflammatory & reduce nervous disorders.
Tea Tree: Well-known for its cleansing and rejuvenating skin benefits, antibacterial, balsamic properties to boost overall health, can heal wounds, highly effective antimicrobial. Can be used to help with: acne, athlete's foot, cold sores, colds, corns, cuts, flu, insect bites, itching, migraine, oily skin, sinusitis, sores, spots, & warts.
These are only a selection of all the essential oils that exist in this world, though they are some of the more common ones. Some of which you can find in products like this and this. As we said in Part 1, aromatherapy is not an alternative to treating one's illness with standard medicine, rather it is a complementary therapy that can help improve overall well-being. When you get the sniffles or are overcome with nausea, you should follow doctor's orders first and foremost, but adding in aromatherapy can help you feel better.
See Part 1 of this post