Aromatherapy has existed for thousands of years across many different cultures, and new people are discovering it every day. This guide will help you get started on your own journey into the world of aromatherapy and explore the most popular aromatherapy scents around the world.
At its core, aromatherapy is simply the practice of using scents to evoke a specific emotion. There are many different aromatherapy techniques, but the most common are oil diffusers, vapor inhalation, and scented steam baths. Some people also like to dab small amounts of essential oils, onto their wrists to serve as an instant calming mechanism while they’re out and about.
This oil is distilled from the peel of the fruit of the Citrus Bergamia, more commonly referred to as the bitter orange tree. It helps damaged skin heal, calms the mind, relieves pain, reduces fever, and breaks up chest congestion.
Cedarwood oil is distilled from the Juniperus Virginiana tree native to North America. It’s used primarily to calm the mind and lift moods. Cedarwood also helps with some mild respiratory problems. Cedarwood should not be used by pregnant women. Large concentrations shouldn’t come into direct contact with skin, but a small amount added to massage oil or facial cream can help skin heal.
Chamomile oil is most commonly known for its calming properties, but it can do much more. It can be used to treat boils, bee stings, minor burns and bruises, and even small cuts. Chamomile oil should not be used by people with ragweed allergies.
This oil can be distilled from any one of the trees in the Eucalyptus family. Each tree produces oil with a slightly different scent and varying healing benefits. The most commonly used Eucalyptus oil for aromatherapy is Eucalyptus Globulus. It’s primarily used for its ability to relieve chest congestion and some forms of pain. On a mental level, Eucalyptus Globulus provides mental alertness and clarity, along with an energy boost.
Frankincense oil is distilled from the Boswellia sacra tree. It’s used in many perfumes and cosmetics, and it can also provide excellent aromatherapy benefits. It’s an excellent mood enhancer and stress reliever. On a physical level, Frankincense oil can be used to reduce the itching and swelling of insect bites.
Jasmine essential oil is distilled from the evergreen Jasminum grandiflorum tree, which is native to China. This oil is known to alleviate depression, increase libido, and reduce cravings associated with addiction. Jasmine oil should be avoided by pregnant women.
Lavender oil is perhaps the most popular of essential oils, and it has a myriad of uses. It’s an excellent stress reliever and antidepressant, and its antiseptic properties make it an excellent cleaner. There are two types of lavender oil: lavender flower oil and lavender spike oil, which comes from the herb. Always choose lavender spike oil for the best healing properties.
Oregano essential oil is directly distilled from the spice we all know and love. The familiar scent can calm you down and bring back great memories, and it has many physical uses as well. You can treat several common skin problems including rosacea and eczema by adding some oregano oil to your regular face/body wash. It can also be used to relieve nausea and menstrual cramps.
Peppermint oil is most commonly derived from the herb Mentha Pipirita, and has a myriad of physical and mental uses. It enhances calm and relieves stress, reduces flu symptoms, reduces joint and muscle inflammation, and even clears up skin problems.
There are hundreds of essential oils to choose from, but these oils are the most popular for a reason—and you only need a few drops for most of their uses. Grab a small bottle of each at a local health food store and begin your aromatherapy routine today.