10 Common Ailments You Can Treat With Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a practice that dates back thousands of years, and has evolved immensely over the centuries. Aromatherapy uses the aromas of plant extracts to promote health and wellbeing on a physical, mental and emotional level. As with aromatherapy, cultures have been using the powerful properties of plant extracts for thousands of years.
Essential oil aromatherapy can help relieve headaches, boost your energy, improve mental focus, provide stress relief, decrease anxiety and depression, facilitate better sleep and much more. You can diffuse your chosen essential oil in an ultrasonic diffuser, apply topically with a carrier oil, or inhale the scent straight from the bottle.
Aromatherapy can help relieve headaches, boost your energy, improve mental focus, provide stress relief, facilitate better sleep and much more.
Essential oils are distilled or extracted from the flowers and leaves, roots, resin, and peels of many healing plants. The result is highly concentrated oils with powerful properties that offer a broad range of uses. Essential oils can be used in a number of ways to promote wellness, and one of the most common and popular methods is aromatherapy.
From a yoga standpoint, essential oil aromatherapy is a great way to encourage deep and conscious breathing, while also helping you to feel grounded and present. From a wellness perspective, aromatherapy can combat and aid in a wide variety of issues and ailments naturally.
Here are 10 common ailments that you can treat with aromatherapy:
1. Stress Relief
Aromatherapy with essential oils for stress relief is one of the most popular uses of aromatherapy. Stress is often a result of over-thinking, and an inability to calm the mind. Many people turn to essential oils for a natural way to relieve stress through this calming effect.
Lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, lemon and clary sage are some of the top essential oils for combating stress and cultivating a more calm demeanour.
2. Weak Immune System
Many essential oils have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help in a variety of ways, like speeding up the healing process throughout the body, from wounds to certain illnesses. Diffusing essential oils with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties can also help cleanse your space of germs and bacteria.
Rosehip and lavender are a few common oils that help expedite the body’s healing process. Eucalyptus and tea tree oil have antibacterial and antiseptic properties great for cleansing wounds or diffusing in your space. Oregano, clove, thyme, and sandalwood also offer immune support.
3. Sleep Aid
Many essential oils have a calming sedative effect that can help you fall asleep quicker, get better rest, and wake up feeling refreshed. Aromatherapy is believed to help with these aspects and can in turn help realign your Circadian rhythms.
Instead of counting sheep, turn to the aromas of lavender, jasmine, ylang ylang, chamomile, marjoram, and frankincense to help induce sleep, foster restful sleep, and help you wake up feeling more energized.
4. Anxiety and Depression
From boosting your mood and uplifting your spirits, to combatting anxiety and even depression, essential oils can help. Aromatherapy is a quick and natural way to turn your frown upside down!
Peppermint, lemon, chamomile, lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine are all known to calm, uplift, ground, and promote a general sense of confidence and wellbeing.
5. Memory Loss / Lack of Concentration
Certain essential oils can help improve and support memory, focus and concentration, mental clarity and productivity. Studies have shown that certain oils high in sesquiterpenes (such as frankincense and sandalwood) can pass the blood-brain barrier to help combat Alzheimer’s.
Clary sage and clove are oils known for enhancing memory, while lavender supports cognitive performance. Peppermint increases focus and mental alertness, and lemon promotes focus and concentration.
6. Low Energy
Many people suffer from low energy levels and feeling sluggish throughout the day. Often times, low energy is a result of an imbalance in the nervous system and/or emotionally. Luckily, essential oil aromatherapy can help in both cases!
The aromas of peppermint, orange, lemon, and basil can provide an instant energy boost. If you’re feeling mentally fatigued, try rosemary or thyme. When you’re feeling physically fatigued, try aromatherapy with cinnamon or bergamot.
7. Nervous / Unable to Relax
Whether it’s due to stress, anxiety, nerves or simply the inability to calm the mind and body, many people have a hard time winding down and finding relaxation. The good news is essential oil aromatherapy can cultivate a sense of tranquility and calmness.
Lavender is a fan favorite for releasing tension. The aromas of ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, geranium, sandalwood and clary can all help soothe the mind, calm the body, and find relaxation.
We’ve all been nauseous at some point in our lives, and it’s never fun! Nausea can be caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, and the urge to throw up. Aromatherapy is a great place to turn the next time you’re feeling nauseous.
Diffuse ginger, lemon, or peppermint for morning sickness. Ginger and peppermint also help with motion sickness, and if you’re throwing up, try fennel, ginger, rose, or peppermint.
From migraine headaches, to headaches caused by low blood pressure, or the more common tension headache, unfortunately headaches are a common ailment. There are many essential oils we can use to treat headaches.
Lavender is another favorite choice for headaches. The aromas of basil, marjoram, eucalyptus, wintergreen, rosemary, and ylang ylang can all help.
As gross as it sounds, congestion is caused by a buildup of mucus in the nasal passages and sinuses, resulting in inflammation and difficulty breathing. Aromatherapy is an excellent way to combat respiratory inflammation and congestion.
Diffuse eucalyptus, juniper berry, melaleuca (tea tree oil), or peppermint to help open up your sinuses and breathe more clearly and fully. Frankincense, marjoram, and eucalyptus can also help break up mucus.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know the immense buzz about essential oils and aromatherapy in the health and wellness community. Aromatherapy is a safe and trusted way to help treat some of the most common ailments before having to reach for medication.
Essential oil diffusers are an excellent way to receive the benefits of aromatherapy, from improving your mood, to increasing circulation, boosting your energy, supporting immune system function and so much more.
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This article and all included information is not intended as medical advice and does not treat or diagnose. Please consult your doctor for any health-related questions or concerns.