Top 10 Aromatherapy Oils and Their Benefits
The art of Aromatherapy is probably best known for healing and relaxtion so sending a gift of this nature shows just how much you care and the thought you've put into selecting a gift for someone who needs their spirits lifted a little. We're no experts but based on what essential oils we include in our aromatherapy gifts, we've listed what we feel are the most popular and beneficial essentials for everyday use.
Lavender is number 1, not only because it is probably the first essential oil that most people think of, but because it is an all time excellent de-stresser. It can instantly calm you by relieving tension and anxiety.
You can apply it to your temples to relieve a headache or massage into the neck and shoulders to ease tension in your tired muscles.
It also acts as an antiseptic so will help with burns and stings by stimulating the blood flow to the affected area thereby quickly aiding the healing process.
It is the only essential oil which can be applied to the skin directly, without being blended with a base or massage oil. So keeping a small bottle in your handbag or bathroom cabinet is a must!
Lemon has so many healing properties! Just slicing a lemon and adding to a glass of water, not only makes it taste more refreshing but cleanses your body too. Every morning I have glass of warm water with honey and lemon which makes me feel so much better and awake than drinking a cup of coffee first off.
It is such a versatile essential oil but the main use of Lemon oil is to boost the immune system. It is excellent for alleviating the symptoms of respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, catarrh and sore throats.
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful oil which an abundance of benefits... it's antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and anti inflammatory! It's often found in so many different skin care products as it can treat anything from athlete's foot to acne.
You can make your own antiseptic soap with it or add it to homemade cleaners to pack a punch, including adding it to heavily soiled laundry.
Ylang Ylang essential oils is wonderful as it stimulates the production of natural endorphins which is your body's natural pain killer. It can act like a mild sedative so is quite often used in labour and when you feeling very anxious and suffering from palpitations. It's very calming in times of anger and nervous tension.
It also has aphrodisiac qualities too and can increase the libido so is often associated with love. Ylang Ylang actually means flower of flowers and that in itself conjures up pictures of love and romance. The plant comes from Indonesia and has a very exotic and spicy smell which can be a bit overpowering.
You can add a few drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil and massage your hair and scalp to stimulate the hair follicles to boost hair growth. It also has disinfectant properties so is excellent for supporting oral health. Use it as a mouthwash to prevent cavities, and plaque buildup and any other dental problems.
As with so many other essentials oils, because of it's antiseptic properties, it's also great for fighting respiratory problems and general aches and pains. You can also use to give your memory a boost and treat mood swings.
Peppermint essential oil is commonly used in personal body care products such as deodrants because of it's natural mint scent. It's used in toothpastes, chewing gum, tea and ice-cream.
Because of it's cooling effects it is a very effective natural painkiller so can soothe aching muscles and eliminate headaches. It's also good for clearing your sinuses as it acts as an expectorant.
It even wards of hunger pains if you inhale it. It can make you feel fuller faster so you might like to try having a diffuser with you at dinnertime or try having a cup of peppermint tea if you're feeling hungry with a need to snack.
You might only think of putting oregano, with it's warm, spicy herbaceous smell, into your culinary delights but it's aromatherapy benefits are vast. It's antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and an expectorant which means it can treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot, warts, cysts and help with arthritis pain and sprains together with tendonitis and shingles.
Just a few drops of oregano essential oils in water will repel bugs and mites and if you add to a water spray it will elimate bacterial and bad odours.
Chamomile with its warm and fruity aroma is so relaxing and calming for both the mind and body. It's featured in our Earth Friendly Baby products in our Baby Bath Time Baskets as it is so good for nappy rash with it's bacterial and anti inflammatory properties.
It's good for treating skin ailments such as eczema and dermatitis and is quick and effective in treating bee stings, and burns. It helps with PMS or menopause and helps to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and irritability. Add just a few drops to any massage oil and it will ease aching muscles after exercise.
Frankincense like many essential oils has antiseptic, antibacterial and expectorant and sedative properties but scientists have also found that some properties in frankincense even help to stop cancer from spreading. It has a woody, warm and balsamic aroma therefore has been popular in incense burners for centuries.
Due to it's ability to revive skin at the cellular level, I thought it definitely worth mentioning neroli essentil oil! It can help with wrinkles, scar tissue and stretch marks. Also, simply by inhaling neroli essential oil you will notice positive effects on blood pressure and stress reduction.
It also helps greatly with menopausal symptoms by lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels and effects levels of estrogen concentration.