Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that use essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds. It can be used through inhalation, the oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser container, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in, for example, in a steam bath.
Nowadays, you can easily do aromatherapy in the comfort of your home. You can either have a diffuser or a traditional aromatherapy lamp. Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits.
You can heat up some water in a bigger pot, you can also add some tea in it, and they add some essential oils like mint, eucalyptus. Stay above the pot and if possible put a towel above you head. This is the best way to clean up your sinuses and stay away from cold.
I personally like best the traditional lamp because it gives you a different vibe when to use it. I do also have a diffuser, but somehow I find that the diffuser is losing it`s smell faster than the lamp.
The essential oils can also be use on skin, but never applied directly to the skin. They must always be diluted with a carrier oil or body cream.
Different oils have different uses and effects.
Basil essential oil is used to sharpen concentration and alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. It may relieve headaches and migraines. It should be avoided during pregnancy.
Bergamot essential oil is said to be useful for the urinary tract and digestive tract. When combined with eucalyptus oil it may help relieve skin problems, including those caused by stress and chicken pox.
Citronella essential oil is a relative of lemongrass and acts as an insect repellent
Eucalyptus essential oil can help relieve the airways during a cold or flu. It is often combined with peppermint. Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, so care should be taken.
Geranium essential oil can be used for skin problems, to reduce stress, and as a mosquito repellant.