People commonly think that “aromatherapy” refers to anything that smells good, also like scented candles, potpourri, and perfumes. We use the term “aromatherapy” to refer to the therapeutic application of plant also essential oils (usually diluted in some type of solution) by qualified individuals.
Why do I need to know about essential oils?
There is a growing body of research from a laboratory, also clinical studies that point to the remarkable healing properties of essential oils. They are widely available in markets, co-ops, and pharmacies, also are increasingly used in clinics and hospitals.
While most essential oils are safe and free of adverse side effects when used properly, it is important for you to pay attention to dosage, purity, administration, and possible interactions with other medications you might be taking. You should also look for quality products, as there can be big differences between what a professional aromatherapist would use and what is sold in retail stores.
Common therapeutic uses
Here are some common therapeutic uses for a few essential oils:
Stomach upset and restlessness, particularly in children
|Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifoliate)||Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections|
|Peppermint (Mentha piperita)||Headaches, fever, nausea, and fatigue|
|Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)||Minor burns, insomnia, pain relief, and wound care|
|German chamomile (Matricaria recutita)||Inflamatory skin problems|
|Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)||Mild antidepressant and tonic|
|Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)||Stimulant and anti-infective agent|
|Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus smith)||Respiratory infections|
|Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis)||Nausea and inflammation|
|Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates)||Fungal infections|
|Basil (Ocimum basilicum)||Insect repellent and anti-parasitic|
|Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)|