As more people discover alternative health treatments and age-old remedies for feeling better, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy techniques is rising dramatically. Aromatherapy is a practice used to promote better psychological health and physical well-being. The practice involves the use of essential oils, the purest essence of a plant, to bring about positive health effects. There are over 90 recognized essential oils in existence and many are commonly connected with modern-day aromatherapy techniques.
People are beginning to extract and bottle essential oils from home for a variety of uses including cleaning products, treatment of health conditions, and in aromatherapy treatments.
COMMON AROMATHERAPY ESSENTIAL OILS
Aromatherapy can be traced back centuries. It is believed the Chinese culture may have been the first to use the essence of aromatic plants to improve health and create life balance by burning the plants to release the oils. Egyptians followed up by creating a distillation machine to extract oils, with India later improving upon the technology. While the word ‘aromatherapy’ was not coined until the 20th century, there is evidence of essential oils usage for better health dating back thousands of years.
Today, the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy treatment include:
BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
Bergamot is an essential oil extracted from the Beragamia tree, a citrus tree native to Southeast Asia and found in Italy. The oil is extracted from the fruit’s rind. In aromatherapy, Bergamont is used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress. It has also been shown effective in healing infections of the skin, including eczema. Bergamont is also used to help stimulate the digestive system and provide a boost to those struggling with tiredness.
CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
Chamomile is widely known for providing a calming effect within the body and mind, which is why chamomile tea is recommended before bedtime. The essential oil of chamomile is extracted from the plant’s leaf and, in addition to being used for soothing nerves in aromatherapy practices, chamomile is used as an antiseptic, a treatment for urinary tract issues, and to aid in eliminating acne.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Eucalyptus is a well-known essential oil, used most often for treating respiratory problems. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Eucalyptus trees using a steam distillation process. Through aromatherapy, eucalyptus has been shown effective as a decongestant, as a topical muscle relaxant, and as an antiseptic.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
One of the most popular essential oils in today’s market, lavender has long been recognized for its effective treatment of stress-related issues. Lavender offers a wonderful scent. Its essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant and has also been used in aromatherapy as an anti-inflammatory agent, a deodorant, and a sedative.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemon essential oil comes from the lemon peel via the cold-press extraction technique. Lemon is used in aromatherapy for help in improving circulation, promoting better digestion, and relieving skin irritations. Lemon essential oil is also very popular in homemade house cleaning products thanks to its fresh scent and disinfectant properties.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Practically every nose can immediately recognize the smell of peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant and is often used in vaporizers and massage oils. As an inhaled oil, peppermint has been shown to increase focus and improve moods.
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
The essential oil of the Rosemary plant is known for its ability to boost memory capability and improve mood. Historically, Rosemary oil has been heralded as an all-powerful oil, used to increase the brain’s capability, relieve symptoms of depression, ease aching muscles, reduce migraine headaches, and treat a number of skin issues.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
Tea tree oil is regarded as one of the most versatile essential oils available, especially in aromatherapy treatments. Tea tree oil is extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree leaves and used as an inhalant or used in products applied directly to the body. Tea tree oil has been shown effective in boosting a body’s immunity. It can also treat burns, cuts, and cold sores. Tea tree oil has been used to combat the flu, treat athlete’s foot, and stop dandruff.
There are diffusion devices which can continually provide the smell of the essential oils throughout a home. Diffusers range in size and prices but can be an effective way to remain exposed to the benefits of essential oils. Diffusers are often used during massage treatments and during meditations. More people are using diffusers around their homes on an everyday basis to freshen their space and improve their overall feeling of well-being.