Aromatherapy oils have been used for years — not just for their soothing aromatic scent, but also for their therapeutic and healing properties. Before you start using any aromatherapy oil, it’s important to consult a knowledgeable source beforehand, since oils have specific application methods. Some oils are diffused, inhaled, or used topically. Check out the 10 commonly used aromatherapy oils below…
Tea Tree Oil
The skin-soothing and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil make it a popular treatment for mild to moderate acne, athlete’s foot, and other skin irritations. Try a dab of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil on irritated skin or add a few drops to your bath to improve a cough or bronchial congestion.
It should come as no surprise that the sweet, floral scent of lavender has been shown to reduce stress levels and calm the mind and body. But lavender oil is also a treatment for cuts and bruises, as well as relieving PMS symptoms, and promoting a good night’s sleep. Available from NOW Foods.
There are two types of chamomile oil: German chamomile and Roman chamomile oil. German chamomile oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which can be used to soothe and treat skin ailments, while Roman chamomile oil is known for its calming effects and can be beneficial to ease discomfort from menstrual pain. Both German and Roman chamomile oils are available at Plant Therapy.
With winter approaching, most of us can expect some skin irritation from the cold, dry weather. Soothe skin irritations with calendula oil, which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties — also great for sensitive skin! Mountain Rose Herbs‘ calendula oil can be used as a treatment for psoriasis, eczema, burns, or to improve the appearance of acne scars.
Peppermint oil is only one of a few oils that can be ingested. A few drops with water can help with indigestion, nausea, and constipation. Webber Naturals’ peppermint oil can also reduce fatigue, stimulate mental alertness, and provide relief from headaches.
Frankincense oil is commonly associated with promoting calm and serenity. It’s also known for its antiseptic properties and can be applied to wounds, cuts, and bites to speed up the healing process and protect against infection. It’s also known to strengthen gums, hair roots, and tone skin. You can find frankincense oil at Saje Natural Wellness.
The uplifting scent of grapefruit oil, which is available through Aura Cacia, is bound to pick you up if you’re feeling sluggish, fatigued, or jetlagged. In addition to increasing energy levels, grapefruit oil is also used to improve digestion, boost the immune system, and treat water retention and muscle stiffness.
Most people will usually hear buzz about oregano oil come flu season. That’s because its antibacterial qualities are believed to protect the body against colds and flus. Oregano oil (from North American Herb and Spice) is also used to promote a healthy digestive track and improve skin conditions like dry scalp, cold sores, fungal infections, muscle aches, and joint pain.
Perhaps you associate the smell of eucalyptus with having a chest cold. That’s because eucalyptus oil is a common ingredient in topical ointments used to clear up chest congestion and sinuses. Add a few drops to your humidifier and let the vapour tackle your cold, cough, runny nose, or sinus infection. It’s also commonly used as a treatment for sore muscles. Available at Edens Garden.
The uplifting properties of lemon oil (which can be bought at Young Living) make it a popular choice to improve concentration and mental alertness. When the scent is diffused into vapour form, it can relieve stress and promote relaxation.
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