I have been immersing myself in essential oils and aromatherapy for a couple of years. Several times a week I use an essential oil that best suits me at that moment. Scents have a lot of influence on your brain, more than you expect. Essential oils have a direct effect on the brain. They work on your subconscious. A scented candle is nice, but aromatherapy is much more than that. You can purposefully choose an oil with a particular effect. Aromatherapy is a form of herbal medicine. It uses essential oils made from herbs, flowers and other plant parts. In this article I’m going to tell you more about what types of fragrances there are, among other things, and what their effects are.
Unfortunately aromatherapy is often labeled as alternatives in a negative sense. These oils can actually influence our feelings and emotions and increase our comfort. They exert influence on our psychological and physical health. In addition, they can also create a nice atmosphere at home.
These essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin (added to bath water or to massage oil) or through the respiratory system (by evaporation), among other things. Both have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. I use an aroma diffuser at home. The oil is diluted with water. For application to the skin, you can add a few drops to a base oil (almond oil, for example).
For some types of oils, the effectiveness has been scientifically proven. This applies to oils that improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and increase the ability to concentrate. Furthermore, there is still a lot of research being done in the health care sector on the effectiveness of aromatherapy. There are many interesting scientific articles on this to be found online, definitely worth a read.
Lavender oil (Lavendula Angustifolia)
A very well-known scent is of course lavender. Lavender has a relaxing and calming effect. Lavender also works well in wound healing. Modern aromatherapy was developed in France in the 1930s, based on the experiences of a French doctor who had used lavender oil to heal war wounds and the wounds healed remarkably well. In addition, lavender can be mildly sedating for pain and cramps. You can also add lavender oil to your laundry, such as when washing your bedding.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is a fresh, sweet and fruity smelling oil that is also widely used in cosmetics. This oil is known for its relaxing and invigorating effect. I use bergamot on days when I am tired and want to become more active. Bergamot can also be used well with grief, it can have a comforting effect.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
This oil is cleansing and purifying. The oil is also often used on the skin for skin problems and impurities. The scent is therapeutic and fresh. It is perceived by many people as a strong smelling scent. The scent of tea tree is also widely used in saunas. If you use this oil in the diffuser, it works therapeutically.
Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus Globulus)
This oil is known for its beneficial effects on the respiratory tract. The oil is strongly antiseptic, bactericidal and for this reason is often used preventively for infectious diseases. I like Eucalyptus oil when I have a cold or flu. Extra nice if you mist it in the bedroom before bed.
Ylang Ylang (Carnanga Odorata)
YlangYlang gives confidence and security. The oil creates a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere that is stimulating. For people who are constantly under stress, a bath with YlangYlang is relaxing. In addition, the oil is antipyretic and increases resistance. When vaporized, Ylang Ylang can help dispel a depressed mood.
Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis)
We all know chamomile from the soothing chamomile tea. This oil has a fresh sweet, spicy scent. Creamy Chamomile oil has a calming and soothing effect. You feel more comfortable and secure. In addition, chamomile provides relief from anxiety and promotes sleep.
These are just a few oils available on the market. You can see that each oil has its own effect. It’s worth trying, and seeing if an oil can provide support. I am happy with my aroma diffuser and the effects of the different oils that I use weekly. If you are still skeptical or don’t feel like trying this at home, but are curious, you can always see if you can get an aromatherapy treatment somewhere. Aromatherapy is an alternative healing method.
There are a lot of oils on the market that carry the name “essential oil” but are absolutely not. At worst, they are synthetically imitated (perfume oils) and even harmful to health. Choose unadulterated, cold-pressed oils, preferably organic, whose entire name and origin is listed on the packaging. Always check the packaging and/or instructions for use before using anything, or consult the store where you buy the product. I always buy my essential oils from Holland & Barrett. The essential oils should not be used by pregnant women and children. Use the oil for a maximum of 1 to 2 hours per day.