Different Aromatherapy Oils and Their Uses

For quite some time, aromatherapy has been around us helping people improve health state including physical and mental. It has been a part of our life as way of supplemental medicine. Aromatherapy is defined as an alternative medicine which involves essential oil use from volatile plant sources and is inhaled aromatically to treat various kinds of health problems.

Aromatherapy is most common in countries like England, France, United States, and India though it can be found anywhere in the world as well. It does not only pertain to essential oil use only but it also involves phytoncides, herbal distillates, oil carrier, vaporizer oils, and absolutes. But before we look into these elements one by one, we should learn first the most common essential oil used for aromatherapy these days and what we can use them for.

Common Essential Oils Used in Aromatherapy

Bergamot

It is extracted from a tree called Citrus Bergamia. It smells like citurs and is widely used in Southeast Asia, Ivory Coast, and Italy. It is commonly used as cologne and as a perfume aside from aromatherapy. Bergamot Oil is known to burn your skin if you apply the oil in its purest form directly to skin so avoid doing it and keep away from sun exposure if you are using this oil.

Bergamot Oil known Benefits:

  • Relieves stress
  • Treat depression
  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Treats skins infections: eczema, psoriasis
  • Gives energy to those suffering with general malaise

Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil’s scent is more like of woody. It is extracted from a native North American tree Juniperus Virginiana. It is used even before the time of Egyptians and said to be the first extracted essential oil of the time. The oil from Cedarwood is known to be effective in alleviating anxiety and stress. It also uplifts spirit and mood and helpful in treating respiratory problems, urinary tract infection and skin problems. It is not advised for use for pregnant women and is not recommended for direct application on skin to avoid irritation.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the best soothing teas available. When it comes to essential oil, healing benefits might be different depending on the source it is extracted. Chamomile oil can be extracted from either German chamomile or Roman chamomile. It can be used as an analgesic mouthwash, massage oil or mixed with lotion and creams. Chamomile as an aromatherapy agent is found to be effective in treating depression, a good antibiotic, antiseptic, and calming agent. It also treats acne due to its good analgesic property.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the native tree of Australia, Eucalyptus tree. We know that it has a very powerful scent that soothes our respiratory tract which makes it best for aromatherapy. Its oils are distilled from its twigs and leaves from over 500 varieties of eucalyptus all over the world. It is not recommended for those with Epilepsy, as well as pregnant and nursing women. And can be fatal if ingested in large amount.

Benefits of Eucalyptus oil

  • Treats respiratory diseases; Decongestant
  • Improves concentration
  • Relieves muscle pain and spasm
  • Treats migraine and fever
  • Has deodorizing property
  • Good stimulant and diuretic agent

Jasmine

Jasmine oils are extracted from China’s Jasminum graniflorum. It gives a sweet scent and has an excellent healing property. This oil is considered expensive because of its relaxing effect and wide-range benefits.  It is known to be a very helpful aid for various problems that ranges from childbirth to depression.

Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil Aromatherapy:

  • Eases childbirth
  • Treats depression
  • Relieves respiratory problems
  • Reduces addiction issues
  • Alleviate tension and stress

There are a lot more essential oil used for aromatherapies that I cannot discuss here one by one but I will list below the most common and their best known benefits.

  • Lavender- relieves stress; treats colds, flu and migraine, good decongestant property, antiseptic, diuretic, sedative property, deodorant
  • Lemon- aids in digestion, eases arthritis and acne, improves concentration; boosts mood, alleviate headache and fever, improves immune system health; treats skin irritation
  • Marjoram- hyperacidity, anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, constipation, cramps, insomnia, fatigue, depression, circulatory issues
  • Patchouli- lifts mood, skin care properties, depression, fatigues, curb addiction, bloating, cellulites
  • Peppermint- enhance mental alertness, boosts energy, decongestant, aids indigestion, treats irritation and redness
  • Rose- depression, anxiety and digestion issues, circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma, skin
  • Rosemary- mental stimulant, antidepressant, hair growth stimulant
  • Sandalwood- chest pain, urinary tract problem, hydration, calming and sexual properties
  • Tea tree- immune booster, soothes cold sores, treat skin problems and other wounds and infections
  • Ylang-ylang- stimulates hair growth, relieves nausea, headache, intestinal problems, decreases blood pressure

Knowing that there are essential oil that can treat your problem, it is still recommended to consult your doctor to prevent any future problems. Mixing of oils should also be approved by professional aromatherapist before usage. It is always better to be cautious than sorry.

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