You hear the word all the time: aromatherapy. But, what exactly is it? And, very importantly, how can you benefit from it?
Well, in case you aren’t familiar with it, aromatherapy involves an array of alternative, complementary, or traditional approaches that use essential oils — concentrated oils distilled from barks, flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, and stems of plants — for their therapeutic properties. Amazingly, this practice has been used for close to 6,000 years.
And, now, it’s widely accepted for its many benefits in promoting health — both physical and mental — and well-being. Read on now to find out the various ways that you can benefit from aromatherapy.
- Relieves stress and anxiety
Unfortunately, there’s simply no escaping stress and anxiety — especially in our modern world. But, there are ways to manage them. One of the most popular ones is aromatherapy.
After all, many studies have shown that essential oils used in aromatherapy help to ease anxiety and stress. Some of the oils that you can try to minimize these feelings include lavender, patchouli, rose geranium, rosemary, and bergamot essential oils.
- Improves sleep
If you’re tossing and turning every night, struggling to fall asleep, or waking up even more tired than before you head to bed, it’s time to give aromatherapy a try. See, multiple essential oils are known for their sedative properties.
For instance, lavender essential oil has been shown to encourage better and more restful sleep. Other essential oils that are great to help you get quality sleep include bergamot, nutmeg, and Ylang-Ylang.
- Rich in antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Many essential oils are known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which are, of course, infinitely helpful in fighting bacterial infections.
For starters, rosemary essential oil is often used as a natural mouthwash because of its antimicrobial properties. The same goes for nutmeg essential oil. The oil is often mixed with coconut oil for an effective and natural DIY toothpaste. Meanwhile, being antimicrobial, tea tree oil is used to heal cuts, wounds, and infections.
- Fights inflammation
A lot of people also particularly appreciate aromatherapy because of essential oils’ anti-inflammatory effect. As inflammation plays a huge role in a large number of diseases, essential oils can help with conditions like arthritis, infections, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, and other autoimmune diseases.
It can even help with inflammation caused by sunstroke and sunburn. And, skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis, too!
- ￼￼￼￼As part of beauty routine
Do you know that more and more people are using essential oils as alternatives to store-bought cosmetic products? For instance, tea tree oil is used to replace toners and creams because of its rich antioxidants and other skin-brightening properties. Meanwhile, cananga oil makes an effective cleanser thanks to its antibacterial properties.
For your hair, you can use rosemary oil to cleanse and condition. Plus, grapefruit essential oil and palmarosa essential oil’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties make it an excellent natural deodorant. And, most essential oils can be great additions to your beauty routine, too.
Have you given aromatherapy a try? If not and you’re in need of some suggestions, get in touch with us.