How Aromatherapy Can Help You

Aromatherapy is one of the many natural health remedies that you can use in daily life.  You can alter mood, cognition, wakefulness and health with the use of essential oils – also known as volatile plant materials- and other aromatics.

There is no doubt that aromatherapy has been around since ancient times.  The practice of crushing dried plants and suspending them in oils has been recorded in literature from the 1st Century and the use of herbs and poultices is woven into the cultural practices of The Middle Ages Europe as well as India and South America.[1]

The modern application of this practice has largely gained momentum since the 1960’s Hippie Movement and has become more popular with the rise of massage as a natural therapies treatment in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

How to Diffuse Aromatherapy Natural Products

You can diffuse aromatherapy oils or essential oils through your house, or bedroom or bathroom. This creates a calming atmosphere and helps you to relax and unwind.  Modes of aromatherapy dispersal include:

  • Aerial diffusion (through the air)
  • Direct inhalation  (respiratory,)
  • Topical application (massage, baths, compresses)

Many massage therapists now use aromatherapy practices to help calm and relax clients and soothe physical ailment, aching muscles, nerve twinges or joint aches. Two of the most common oils used are sandalwood and lavender which have a beautiful aroma and can also be used to treat infections.

Tea-Tree is one of the most powerful of aromatherapy oils. It has known medicinal properties and is a powerful and effective disinfectant for homes and work areas. It is also excellent for infections and is used as an antiseptic.

There are many essential oils available on the market. Some of these include:

  • Sunflower
  • Grapeseed
  • Olive
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Lemon

There are many other oils available and each has specific properties. Lemon for example is believed to work well as an anti-depressant and anti-stress scent. It lifts mood and can also relax you.

The Workplace

Most people associate essentials oils with home or the massage room or centre, but they can also be used in the workplace. Use aromatherapy to freshen up the energy of your staff.

You may need to check with employees or other staff members first. Remember, aromatherapy is a wonderful resource to uplift and relax and enervate, but it is always polite to gain permission before introducing it to the workplace.

You can add oils to a spray bottle of water and spray around the room. You can also disperse the oil with the help of a vaporiser.

Remember there are many uses for aromatherapy and these can be employed in a variety of contexts. You can find out a lot about their use as natural remedies by asking your practitioner or naturopath. Give them a go. They work and are also a delight!