Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant and essential oils to relieve digestive problems, skin disorders, insomnia, stress, headaches, and other common health conditions. While there are no approved therapeutic claims for aromatherapy yet, this form of alternative medicine appears to demonstrate properties that may be of great value to your health.
Uses of Oil
Essential oils are versatile; there are different ways you can use them. For example:
• Mixed with a vegetable-based oil for direct massaging onto the skin.
• Mixed with water and vaporized in an oil burner.
• Added to your bath water to make bathtime more relaxing.
• Used in steam inhalation.
• Used in skin care.
• Used as an air freshener.
Types of Oil
Following is a shortlist of essential oils you may choose to maintain a stock of at home:
• Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is probably the most versatile of all the essential oils. It relieves nausea and headaches, indigestion and clogged nose. Rubbing the oil on the chest helps to liquefy mucus for better or more effective expectoration. An antiseptic, peppermint oil may also be used to relieve bad breath and gum problems.
• Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil is another widely used essential oil. It helps to relieve headache and prevent runny nose and breathing problems such as when you have colds and asthma.
• Tea–tree oil. Tea-tree oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It can be used to dry pimples and diminish blemishes, and even warts. Not surprising to note, tea-tree oil is often found in concealer sticks, BB creams and other makeup products.
• Chamomile oil. Chamomile oil is often used to relax the senses. It’s best for people who are anxious, stressed out, and those with difficulty sleeping. Soaking in a bathtub with a few drops of chamomile helps you to sleep better.
• Rosemary oil. Rosemary oil keeps the brain cells awake. Keep it by your side when you have to study and need a bit of perking up.
• Sandalwood oil. Sandalwood is a mood relaxant. It relieves depression, anxiety and insomnia.
• Orange essential oil. Also a mood relaxant, orange essential oil is a great alternative to sandalwood.
While it may not be wise to rely on aromatherapy completely in the absence of definitive clinical evidences of its therapeutic effects, it appears to work well on many people.