Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment. It uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils medicinally to enhance both physical and emotional health.
Smelling essential oils stimulates the brain. The scent sends a signal to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. This part then releases chemicals to make you feel relaxed, calm, or sometimes stimulated.
I have used aromatherapy with my clients and patients for many years. I use lavender combinations with my patients with cancer and other critical diseases. Lavender also works well for people with grief, anxiety and depression disorders. Lavender is an ancient herb with calming properties. It works incredibly for stress, anxiety, and depression. Citrus aromas, such as orange, tangerine or lemon have helped my patients and clients with depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and anxiety. Vanilla is another aroma I have had great experiences with.
Here are three key scents that you can use for aromatherapy practices:
- Lavender. Lavender is a flowering plant with calming properties, and it works incredibly well for stress. The scent also has a soothing effect for those suffering with grief, anxiety, and depression disorders.
- Citrus. Citrus aromas, such as orange, tangerine, or lemon are good for people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety.
- Vanilla. Vanilla is another aroma that is shown to heighten mental clarity, increase circulation, reduce fevers, calm stomach pains, and relieve stress.
I have found that aromatherapy is a wonderful adjunct therapy for physical, psychological and spiritual conditions. You can learn more about aromatherapy on our sister site, Mindful Living Network.