Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.
It can be offered as a complementary therapy or, more controversially, as form of alternative medicine. Complementary therapy can be offered alongside standard treatment, with alternative medicine offered instead of conventional, evidence-based treatments.
Aromatherapists, who specialize in this practice , utilize blends of therapeutic essential oils that can be issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate a desired response.
There is no good medical evidence that aromatherapy can either prevent or cure any disease, but it might help improve general well-being.
African wormwood is a native of South Africa and, although commonly found in that area, it is a relatively new species (and oil) to the United States. It’s one of the oldest plants used by South Africans and it is often found in the herb garden.
Bergamot Essential OilBergamot essential oil is an uplifting citrus oil favored for its skincare uses and its pleasing fruity aroma which can uplift and soothe one’s spirit. It blends well with other citrus essential oils to create wonderful mixed aromas.
Citronella Essential Oil
Often known for its properties in repelling insects, Citronella can be used to create wonderfully uplifting oil that is great for treating oily skin. The essential oil has a sharp, lemon-y aroma that can be combined with citrus and some flower oils for greater benefits. One uncommon yet proven use for the oil is that it can be used to calm barking dogs.
Clove Bud Essential Oil
The traditional spice can also be used to make a powerful essential oil with a wonderful aroma that can be used to treat damaged and oily skin. Clove bud oil is very high in antioxidants and thus can be added to other oils for this benefit. Clove essential oil has a sweet, spicy aroma that is favorable to many, and blends well with other citrus and spice oils.
The cypress tree is a well known feature of the Mediterranean countryside and, indeed, it has featured in many famous paintings, including those of Claude Monet (184 – 1926). It has been used for thousands of years in medicine, and as incense for religious rituals. The Tibetians still use it as a purifier.
Geranium essential oil is a middle note oil and is a “jack-of-all-trades.” It is adaptable for many different situations and, when combined with other essential oils, has the ability to soothe both the body and the mind. It a favorite essential oil of women.
Hyssop essential oil has an aroma that is a mix of camphor, spice, and herbs, and it is generally considered to be a warming oil. It blends well with its Lamiaceae plant family cousins – such as lavender, rosemary, and sage.
Laurel leaf essential oil is a melody of medicinal, fresh, strong (to the point of penetrating), spicy, and clean notes. It overlaps between a top and middle note aroma. As laurel leaf essential oil often goes by the name bay laurel, it is common to get it confused with bay (Pimenta racemosa) essential oil. However, the two essential oils are very different.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of the most popular – and most versatile – essential oils in existence. Used for hundreds of years, it is just as popular today for skincare and relaxation needs. There are many types of lavender species available; choose Lavandula angustifolia for the true lavender experience.
Leleshwa Oil is sourced from from the leaves of the leleshwa plant which grows in Africa. The leaves it is made from have been used by indigenous people t for years for bedding and healing. The oil can be used for skin care to help heal damaged skin, and aromatherapy to help uplift one’s spirit. It has an herbaceous and flowery scent that is refreshing. It is also a natural insect repellent and can be used to treat damaged hair.
Lemongrass oil can be used to help reduce muscle pain and stress in aromatherapy, treat damaged and oily skin, and when used internally, help with the digestive system. It is a natural insect repellent as well as a great air freshner and deodorizer.
Mandarin oil has been used in traditional folk remedies in China where it is famous for its many benefits to health and beauty. It is now commonly used in cosmetic formulations for its ability to brighten the skin's appearance and is often added to products help soothe and smooth the look of mature skin. It adds a sweet citrus scent to any skin or hair care recipe and may also be used in aromatherapy.