Aromatherapy essential oils have long been used to treat a variety of conditions from stress and insomnia to burns and infections. Here is a brief guide to aromatherapy essential oils (1, 2).
Ways to Use Aromatherapy Essential Oils:
There are a variety of ways to use aromatherapy essential oils depending on the type of oil and the reason that you are using it. Some suggestions include adding a few drops to your bath water, applying a couple of drops to the temples to relieve headaches; which works very well with lavender, using in an oil diffuser, or using as a topical application.
Top Five Aromatherapy Essential Oils:
Chamomile– Chamomile is one of the more common of the aromatherapy essential oils, particular when used in cosmetics such as moisturizers and lip balms. It has a very soothing and calming effect and can even be used in tea to help you fall asleep. However, you should note that chamomile is not safe for use by women who are pregnant. Chamomile can also be used as an analgesic or antiseptic to treat acne, blisters, boils, gout, or other skin conditions. It can also help with depression, indigestion, headaches, and restlessness.
Lavender– This is another of the aromatherapy essential oils that have a very calming and therapeutic effect. Lavender can be used as an analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, insecticide, diuretic, or sedative and can treat wounds and sores, burns, throat infections, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, flu, circulatory problems, insect bites, dandruff, anxiety, as well as many other ailments.
Eucalyptus– Eucalyptus is an aromatherapy essential oil that has a stimulating effect and gives you a sense of restoring balance. It is great for a variety of breathing ailments such as congestion due to colds, flu, and allergies, asthma. It can also help urinary infections, treat wounds, and bring relief from muscle pain and headaches.
Ginger– This is the aromatherapy essential oil of choice for pregnant women. Ginger is great for stomach and digestive problems such as the nausea caused by morning sickness as well as constipation, diarrhea, and colic. It can also be helpful in treat arthritis and sinusitis.
Peppermint– Peppermint is another aromatherapy essential oil that is a must have. It also treats nausea and indigestions as well as aching muscles and joint pain, and works extremely well on tired, overworked feet. This aromatherapy essential oil also makes a great insect repellent and can treat severe headaches including migraines. The smell is uplifting and refreshing.
These are only a handful of the great aromatherapy essential oils that are available and you can also find them in alternate forms such as lavender linen sprays that you can spray your sheets with to use the soothing effects of lavender to help you sleep at night. Whatever your need is there is probably an aromatherapy essential oil out there that will work great for you.