Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

Aromatherapy is based on the principle that natural fragrances, or essential oils, from certain plants or flowers can affect our moods, and consequently how we think or feel at any given time. A form of alternative medicine, it is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

In fact, practitioners of Aromatherapy base their entire belief system on the ideology that essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, have medicinal benefits – including  anti-depressant and antibacterial properties.

Certain essential oils can trigger physical or emotional effects on their own. For instance, lavender is a widely known calming agent, whereas peppermint is a mood lifter. Other oils are blended to achieve a desired physiological or psychological effect.

AromatherapyAs caregivers, aromatherapy and essential oils can help us and our loved ones, with a variety of ailments. For example, you can manage stress relief with Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange,  and Vanilla.  Anxiety and fear can be managed with Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine and Lavender . Fatigue can be alleviated with Basil,   Clary Sage,  Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon,   Peppermint, Rosemary, and Sandalwood and agitation can be reduced with Chamomile (Roman), Lavendar, Mandarin, and Sandalwood.   To help boost memory, Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary can work wonders.

How you apply essential, or aromatherapy, oils has an impact on their healing capabilities. Because they are so highly concentrated, it is not often recommended that you apply essential oils in their pure form directly to the skin. You will experience better results if you use small amounts of the oils diluted in water or with a carrier oil or massage lotion.

Until next time,