Sometimes life can get difficult. Work gets busy, our home life becomes hectic, we catch a cold or the flu. These are just a few examples of ways life can become less than savory. If there was a way to allow us to cope easily with our life’s trials, would you try it? Of course, you would.
That’s what aromatherapy is. A method of using essential oils and their healing properties to enhance your life and relieve you of certain problems that arise from time to time.
What Is Aromatherapy?
The name pretty much says it all. Scents like lavender and tea tree essential oils contain compounds that can do amazing things like kill fungus or ease stress. Now, there are several applications you can use to reap the benefits of these essential oils.
This is one of the most popular applications when it comes to aromatherapy, which makes sense since the word “aroma” is in the title. What the user does is inhale the scent of the essential oil they are using, and from there, the compounds take over.
Practitioners of aromatherapy typically have devices like diffusers or nebulizers that use ultrasonic technology or just through simple evaporation to emit the essential oils into the air for the user to breathe. Others use the oils for perfume so they can smell them and gain benefits no matter where they go. This point leads us to our next application.
Also a popular method of usage with aromatherapy fans, this application is great for all types of issues from achy muscles to headaches to depression. When applying essential oils topically, it is important to dilute them in a good carrier substance like jojoba or avocado oil.
These oils are volatile compound from nature, and some are quite strong, which can burn or cause a rash.
Ingestion: This is an application that is only used in rare instances.
In fact, even though there are essential oils labeled for internal consumption, it is very important that you consult a healthcare professional before ingesting one. Many essential oils are not safe for consumption and can cause serious internal damage.
How Can Aromatherapy Help Me?
When used responsibly, there are very few ways in which aromatherapy can’t help a person from their daily life issues. Here are a few examples of how aromatherapy can help you with that.
Eases Stress and Anxiety
While stress and anxiety are not the same things, they can feel that way sometimes. Basically, when your heart is racing and you find that life is getting out of control, there are a few scents that can aid you with this issue. A few that comes to mind are lavender, chamomile, and ylang – ylang.
While pain can be emotional as well as physical, the type of pain we are talking about falls into the latter category. Physical pain can be caused by everything from rheumatoid arthritis to a toothache. While one essential oil cannot ease all types of physical pain, there are scents that are powerful for specific types. Pain relieving essential oils include eucalyptus, cinnamon, and peppermint.
Pimples aren’t only for the prepubescent. Our skin breaks out at all stages of our lives, and those unsightly red marks with pus-filled peaks can become problematic. There are a few essential oils that can help you fight the zit and clear that skin. A few you could look into include tea tree, jumper, and clary sage.
Lifts Your Spirits
Depression is a real issue. More and more people are diagnosed with it every year. It is estimated that millions of adults in the States suffer from some type of depression, and the numbers keep growing. While aromatherapy isn’t a cure for depression, there are scents that can lift your spirits when you need a little emotional pick me up. Some of them are lemon, lavender, and chamomile.
Getting a good night’s sleep is more important than you know. If we don’t get the recommended eight hours a night, then our days can become quite bleak. Sleep disorders are another issue that plague people in Westernized cultures, and like any other issue on this list, essential oils are not a cure. But they may be able to help you get a good night’s sleep. Oils to choose from for this are lavender, vetiver, and bergamot.
Cognitive abilities are also important in our day to day lives. Focusing well and having a reliable memory plays a crucial role in our development from all stages in life. Though, as we age, issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s might come knocking on our door. Oils that aid with cognition includes lemon, basil, grapefruit, and rosemary.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, essential oils are volatile compounds and you should know your stuff before just diving in. So make sure to do your research and talk to your friends who love aromatherapy. It’s never a bad idea to be educated when trying something new.
With life comes joy, love, and success when you work for it, but there are times for everyone that are just a bit too much. Be it an emotional issue or a physical one, there is likely an essential oil that can help make the uncomfortable time seem a bit easier. That said, it’s always good to make sure and do your own research. You get advice from your doctor on how best you can incorporate this with your current regimen or talk to your friends who love aromatherapy. It’s always a good idea to be educated when trying something new.
Author: Karl Burton. Karl is the director of content over at BetterMindBodySoul.com. He has a passion for yoga, meditation, healthy eating and helping bring positive change to people’s lives. He can be reached thru their Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts.