So…what exactly is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a type of healing that comes from plant-based oils and compounds, and is used to either aid in rehabilitation, or improve psychological and physical well-being. Although it may seem very trendy and new, aromatherapy has been around for centuries, and, in fact, was the main therapeutic remedy back in the days of the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Chinese and Indians. The Europeans even became big fans too in the 20th century. There are theories that aromatherapy can aid in disease prevention, but no real scientific evidence to back that up. However, it has been proven to aid in mental and emotional well-being. The various scents have a variety of different therapeutic, spiritual and even ritualistic purposes, so, with that, here is your Essential Oils 101 Crash Course.
To Calm Your Nerves:
Lavender is a best seller at Bath & Body Works, and the candle aisle in Target for a reason–it works. Its essential oil properties can help control emotional stress, and sooth your nervous system, as well as treat headaches. “Stress Relief” bubble baths are often scented with a mixture of Lavender and Vanilla.
This one is often used for stress relief, like Lavender, but is most commonly used for anti-depression purposes. Jasmine has uplifting capabilities that can help you feel more energized and happy.
To Help You Concentrate:
Not only can Peppermint rejuvenate your mind, it also promotes focus, awareness, attention, and good energy.
Much like starting your day with a glass of hot water and lemon, this scent has antibacterial property that are good for your body, mind, and immune system. This scent is also a bonus for calming you down, and gently uplifting your energy levels.
To Jump-Start Your Brain:
Rosemary has been known to actually improve your memory, as well as prevent headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches. Many aroma therapists recommend using this in the mornings to start your day off on the right foot.
Cinnamon is another good choice for improving focus, and a great way to wake up your brain. As an herb used in food, it can also aid in soreness after muscular exhaustion.
To Make You Happy:
This one is especially good for when you’re feeling anxious, but can be used when you’re upset in any way. By helping lower your blood pressure, Ylang Ylang can be extremely helpful in boosting your mood.
To Soothe Anxiety:
Not familiar with the scent? It’s the same one that’s used in Earl Grey tea! This herb is great for relaxing and de-stressing.
This one is just for sleepy time, right? Nope! Thanks to all of it’s calming abilities, chamomile should be your new go-to for whenever you’re feeling down or stressed-out.