Our sense of smell can very easily influence our moods instantly. Aromatherapy uses this sense of smell to change our moods and needs. It is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit.
The process of aromatherapy can be used through various products- diffusers, aromatics spritzers, inhalers, bathing salts, body oils, facial steamers, and hot and cold compresses. Aromatherapy can be extremely helpful in body aches, anxiety, stress, depression, ease discomforts of labor, fight pathogens, insomnia, headaches, menstrual problems, etc.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils as it aids in relieving stress, has antidepressant benefits, helps with congestion, promotes sleep, keeps skin healthy, and is even a natural diuretic. Adding a few drops to the pillow can help with insomnia and anxiety.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is a wintry smell that has excellent healing properties. It can help with digestive problems and nausea. Peppermint oil if rubbed on neck and temples every morning can help in energising the soul due to its strong smell. Its cooling nature helps to relieve skin irritations.
- Lemongrass: Lemongrass can be helpful in slashing away anxiety and dealing with stress-induced circumstances. It also helps in keeping mosquitoes and other insects away.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is a mood up lifter and has antidepressant properties. It is also a natural antibiotic, can reduce acne, and reduces inflammation. Inhaling chamomile steam before bed can be greatly beneficial.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree can be beneficial in boosting the immune system while helping with skin-related ailments such as cuts, burns, and dandruff. Topical application on burns, cuts, bites, can help in aiding the healing process.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus works effectively against mucous membranes. It also relieves cold and flu symptoms and especially helps relieve respiratory issues and migraines. Eucalyptus steam can be inhaled to open up the sinuses and break down mucus.