Aromatherapy is using proper fragrant oils therapeutically to treat a variety of problems. Using the right oil when giving a massage, adds a special new dimension.
Smells affect moods. They can help you relax or stimulate you. Some have anti-bacterial effects and others can be anti-inflammatory.
You can mix oils or stick to one oil. If you choose to mix oils, only mix what you will use at one time. Once you mix oils they can go bad in a day or two. Be sure to also use carrier oils when mixing such as almond, soya, grape-seed, avocado, or wheat germ oil. If you have never done mixing, ask a professional where you are purchasing the oils for more information.
Essential Oils For Aromatherapy
Here are some essential oils you may want to consider along with a recap of their fragrance and uses.
If you are looking for something smelling sweet try Neroli, Petitgrain, or Rose. Neroli and Petitgrain are very sedating and refreshing. They help treat anxiety and insomnia. Rose is a bit more expensive but can be used as an antiseptic as well as a sedative or anti-depressant.
Jasmine and Ilang-Ilang have a sweet exotic smell. Both are anti-depressants as well as aphrodisiacs. Jasmine is also good for treating postnatal depression. Ilang-Ilang is good for problems and oily skin.
If you want a fresh smell try Bergamot or Lavender. Bergamot is an antiseptic, astringent and an anti-depressant. It is used for acne or oily skin. Be careful not to use it before sunbathing as it sensitizes the skin to ultra-violet rays. Lavender is an antiseptic and is very calming. It can treat headaches, insomnia, depression, wounds, and insect bites. Please do not confuse lavender with lilac. There are differences in lavender vs lilac.
Chamomile has a very fruity apple smell. It calms the nerves and is great for sensitive skin.
Tea Tree Oil has a sharp spicy aroma and evaporates very quickly. It is an antiseptic that also soothes and heals. It can be used to treat cuts, burns, infections, and acne.
Eucalyptus is fresh and tangy and is an antiseptic that stimulates. It can be used for coughs, colds, and aches.
Frankincense has a woodsy smell to it. It is calming and helps to relax. It is used to treat respiratory problems and is said to help stop wrinkles.
If you are looking for a sharp flowery smell, try Geranium. It is an astringent, diuretic and antidepressant. It helps tone the skin and can be used as an insect repellant.
Marjoram is an analgesic that is warm and comforting. It treats aches and pains include menstrual discomfort. It can help treat insomnia and headaches. It feels great after working out.
Rosemary has a sharp herby smell. It stimulates memory and is good for rheumatic pains. It is good in shampoo as it enriches your hair.
Sandalwood has a luxuriously exotic fragrance. It is used as an antiseptic, a sedative, and an aphrodisiac. It’s great for all skin types from dry to those with acne. It is also good to add to other fragrances. It helps blend several fragrances.