The art of aromatherapy deals with the healing power of scents. Dating back 5000 years to ancient Egypt and China, it is one of the oldest methods of holistic healing. The sense of smell is a powerful one, and different oils, drawn from nature, can help you heal from all sorts of mental and physical complaints. Aromatherapy essential oils span the spectrum of scents from woody to spicy, fresh to sweet. Each scent has the ability to work its magic on the body and help you to feel your best.
The scents in this group bring the body back to a more tranquil state. They can calm anxiety and nervousness, as well as alleviate symptoms of anxiety-causing illnesses, like gastrointestinal problems or headaches. Essential calming oils include chamomile, lavendar, cedarwood, geranium and marjoram. You can try massaging the aromatherapy oils into your skin (be careful to check and choose ones that won’t irritate you) or dropping them into a hot bath. Not only will you sleep better, you will find that your relaxation will help your body feel better, too.
If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, you can try an aromatherapy oil that will rejuvenate and energize you. These oils are great for conditions such as depression, sadness, apathy, exhaustion, stomach problems and headaches. Essential invigorating oils include lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, grapefruit and ylang-ylang. Try heating these oils in a diffuser to disperse the refreshing scent throughout the room. You may find that it will improve concentration as well as lift your mood and energy levels.
Aromatherapy may be added to any other treatment ot therapy to enrich and enhance your experience.