Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and a good mood. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. Besides the fact that your home will smell amazing, you also will feel different and more relaxed.
Aromatherapy can be used in many ways and for different problems, not just for relaxation. Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as these:
body oils, creams, or lotions for massage
If you want to be more relaxed and get rid of your anxiety, there are several essential oils that could help you. They do not only smell incredible but these aromas can have a hugely positive effect too when you add a few drops to your bath water, spray some onto your pillow or apply them topically onto your skin.
Lavender is the most popular of all essential oils. This wonder scent can help ease anxiety and stress, so much so that researchers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Reading, used it on patients in the intensive care unit. Several studies have shown that it can be hugely beneficial to patients who are sleep deprived.
Inhaling rose oil promotes calmness and reduces any tension that you may be feeling; it’s often recommended to those who are grieving or depressed.
Popular in India and Sri Lanka, Vetiver essential oil is often referred to as the ‘oil of tranquillity. It has a sweet, smoky scent that’s similar to sandalwood essential oil. It can alleviate emotional stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
Ylang Ylang Oil
This tropical scent is both calming and uplifting. It is one of the best essential oils to use if you want to boost your emotional wellbeing. It can reduce your blood pressure and has mild sedative qualities too.
Frankincense has a rich, warm aroma. It can lift your mood, boost the oxygen supply to your brain and stimulate the limbic system, helping to bring your emotions back into check. Adding to your bath should help relax both your mind and body.
With a sweet scent similar to roses, geranium oil can help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Many believe it can help restore hormone imbalance too.
This essential oil has been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety symptoms. Studies have shown that Jasmine can stimulate your brain to improve your mood and energy levels. It can also calm your nervous system.
Try massaging chamomile oil (not directly) onto your skin or inhaling it when you’re feeling anxious or have a headache. It has a slightly herby aroma and you’ll no doubt think of chamomile tea as you breathe it in. Chamomile oil can also be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema.