In a day and age where everything seems filled with artificial ingredients and man made chemicals it’s refreshing to know that there are still natural ingredients and holistic remedies that can make a real difference to how we enjoy our lives. Perhaps this explains why aromatherapy continues to be so popular for those who want to simplify and enhance their well being.
Far from being the latest fad, those who use aromatherapy essential oils are following a trend that has been established for hundreds, if not thousands of years. In fact some of the latest research indicates that essential oils have been used for medical and relaxation purposes for around 6,000 years.
Although modern medical research on the effects of essential oils and aromatherapy is thin on the ground there are some indications that certain of these oils can have antibacterial and antifungal properties, at least according to a recent study by the University of Maryland Medical Centre.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils range from single compounds derived from plant parts such as roots, flowers and stems to complex mixtures of several compounds.
For many people who enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy mixtures of many different types of complimentary essential oils provide stress relief and relaxation, so what are some of the most popular of these oils and their benefits?
- Clove. Used on the skin, it has a numbing, aesthetic effect, it also has an antibacterial effect. One of the most well-known uses is as a numbing agent for toothache.
- Eucalyptus. Used as an antibacterial agent, it also can help clear respiratory congestion when inhaled. On of the most popular ingredients for aromatherapy uses. Many people find it exceptionally relaxing.
- Floral oils. Lavender, as well as rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood and others have been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. This was according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre. A few drops of Lavender on a pillow before sleep can help you drift off into dreamland.
- Lemon balm. As a skin treatment may help treat skin conditions such as herpes, shingles and cold sores. A great mixture is Lavender and St John’s Wort for the treatment of persistent herpes.
- Peppermint mixed with another heavy oil such as olive can be rubbed into the temples to ease headache symptoms. It is also a tremendously relaxing scent. It also has antibacterial properties.
- Rosemary. Another firm favourite, Rosemary aromatherapy has been shown to improve memory.