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12 most popular Aromatherapy oils and their uses
Sophie Kalinauckas , Health & Beauty writer
Aromatherapy is used for a variety of reasons: relaxation, sleep aid, rehabilitation and spiritual therapy. Whatever, the weather the plant kingdom can support your tranquil needs. Aromatherapy is an alternative to other forms of medicines. It uses essential oils and aromatic plant compounds which work towards enhancing your health and mood. It differs from herbal healing because the oils are distilled differently. Scientific studies acknowledge the effectiveness of aromatherapy; studies have proven that it makes you feel good and offers a variety of forms of relief. This kind of therapy is traditionally therapeutic, made from tiny aromatic molecules oils which are readily absorbed through the skin or inhaled.
Smell an idea?
Aromatherapy is based on the idea that the inhalation or absorption of essential oils stimulates the part of our brains which is linked to smell, this is known as the olfactory system. Inhalation or absorption sends a signal to the limbic system which manages our moods and emotions. This, in turn, means chemicals are released which boost feelings of calm. Oils are often used in massage and this further works to enhance relaxation. Aromatherapy is used for a long list of reasons but to name a few it helps with: anxiety, insomnia, headaches, stress, digestive problems, menstrual problems, depression, muscular aches and many more.
Have a roam around for the best aromatherapy with Fushi’s favourites:
Basil essential oil:
basil doesn’t just flavour your food the oil sharpens your concentration and lightens your mood. It can particularly alleviate symptoms of depression and it can also give you some relief from headaches.
Black pepper essential oil:
Black pepper famously helps if you’ve got a sneeze stuck! But more importantly the oil stimulates circulation and eases muscular aches, pains and bruises.
Lavender essential oil:
Lovely lavender helps you to sleep, particularly if you suffer from insomnia. It is also an antiseptic so it can help heal wounds, insect bites, cuts and burns. Lavender you may also recognise as the scent which is used for savasana during yoga to help inspire a relaxed mind.
Tea tree essential oil:
It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and this makes it the perfect mouth washer as it works as a disinfectant. It can also be used on cuts and wounds, as well as alleviating oil skin and scalps with its astringent properties.
Rose essential oil:
The romantic fragrance of rose has longed been used in history. The oil is distilled from blossoms and it helps you to blossom as it is an antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and it also increases menstruation.
Carrot seed essential oil:
See the difference with carrot seed oil with its multi-purpose healing properties: detoxifier, stimulant, antiseptic and antioxidant. These all help with maintaining youthful skin, stress relief, removing toxins and releasing gas!
Cedarwood essential oil:
This is a tonic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative substance. It can be used to cure toothache and strengthens gums. It also stimulates menstruation and helps to clear up acne. Its antispasmodic quality makes it the perfect remedy to relieve spasms.
Ginger essential oil:
Not the hair colour but ginger stimulates circulation, increases perspiration and alleviates gas pain. It eases cramped muscles as it decreases substances in the body which cause muscle cramp. It also aids digestion which means it can really help with nausea and travel sickness!
Grapefruit essential oil:
As it is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C it helps boost the immune system. Like all citrus oils it is an anti-depressant. It stimulates certain hormones which have an uplifting effect on the brain, reducing anxiety and stress. It is also used to aid digestive issues as it calms the stomach!
Frankinsense essential oil:
The three wise men were very wise as Frankisense aids relaxation by deepening breathing and letting your lungs expand. It also has an antiseptic quality which means it is a skin-healer, it fights bacteria and infections and helps heal wounds and other kinds of skin worries.
Sandalwood essential oil:
This is distilled from the roots of trees aged up to 80 years old. Its scent is called chandana which induces a calm and meditative state. It is mainly used to treat infections in reproductive organs and bladder infections, whilst also aiding a sore throat.
Chamomile essential oil:
the king of all calm! It is rich in antiseptic and antibiotic properties which means it provides relief from depression and can reduce your blood pressure. It is mostly used to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Peppermint essential oil:
stimulating and soothing! Peppermint eases nausea, increases energy and helps with headaches. You can add a few drops to a glass of water for a get-up-and-go feeling. It can also be applied on the bottom of your feet to decrease a high fever!
When there is a will, there is way
here are three ways in which aromatherapy can be applied: aerial diffusion, this is through oil evaporation, direct inhalation, when you breathe oils straight in and topical applications when you apply oils straight to the skin.
Aromatherapy is a holistic approach, which aims to treat the whole person, what that individual needs and does not just focus on one symptom or disease. That’s why many of the oils have more than one property; they work in lots of different ways. Make sure to look out for 100% pure oils and dilute them properly with either carrier oil or water. Essential oils work naturally to support the body’s natural ability to regulate, heal, balance and maintain itself.
Sick of being stressed?
Stress really can make you sick and without realising many people find it is the cause of many illnesses in modern times. Aromatherapy, if nothing else, combats stress and promotes a positive physical and mental equilibrium. Aromatherapy promotes positive physical and mental balance to help you balance all the things you need to in life!