Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to promote health, healing and overall wellness. This is why they are the main ingredient in aromatherapy. Research has supported the many benefits of aromatherapy, and here are some of them:
1. It relieves stress
This is probably the most well-known use of aromatherapy. Essential oils release aromatic compounds that also have adaptogenic qualities. These help to gently calm the mind and reduce anxiety. Some popular essential oils for stress relief are lemon oil, lavender, and peppermint.
2. It elevates your mood
Aromatherapy helps to make persons feel better after periods of sadness. Also, since antidepressants have very complicated side effects, some persons turn to aromatherapy to reduce feelings of depression. Clinical depression, however should always be accompanied by psychological help or counselling. The most popular oils for mood enhancement are peppermint, lavender, chamomile and jasmine.
3. It aids memory
Memory loss is a key characteristic in dementia diseases. Although some of these diseases (like Alzheimer’s) have been deemed incurable, aromatherapy helps to reduce their progression. On younger patients with no signs of dementia, aromatherapy has boosted their memory for a certain time period after the treatment. Sage oil is well known for this memory boosting effect.
4. It increases energy levels
While some people drink coffee for an extra boost, others choose aromatherapy. Recipients of aromatherapy have noted an increase in circulation and raised energy levels after the treatment. These essential oils have been considered as the best energy boosters: black pepper, clove, tea tree, rosemary, and sage.
5. It accelerates healing and recovery
Essential oils are miracle workers when it comes to healing and recovery. These stimulants increase the oxygen and blood flow to small wounds or even surgery sites. Also, some essential oils have microbial properties which keep the body protected during the healing process. Popular essential oils for healing are calendula, rosehip, and buckthorn.
6. It is a headache reliever
We’ve already established that aromatherapy has healing and stress-relief properties. For these reasons, it is also great for headache relief. Not only does aromatherapy get rid of your current headache or migraine, it can also prevent future headaches by reducing the stress or medical origin of it. The best essential oils for headache relief are eucalyptus, peppermint, and sandalwood.
7. It regulates your circadian rhythm
In this fast-paced world, it is difficult to get enough sleep. This negatively impacts the health of the population, leading to sluggishness and unproductivity the next day. Aromatherapy helps to balance sleep schedules by regulating the circadian rhythm. This allows the body to get tired at a certain time, sleep well at night and to be ready to conquer the next day. Lavender and chamomile essential oils are well-known sleep aids.
8. It builds the immune system
Microbes, bacteria, and fungus can all damage the immune system. Luckily, the essential oils used in aromatherapy can combat these unwanted invaders, and ultimately boost the immune system. This branch of aromatherapy is widely studied and it was found that oregano, frankincense, and lemon essential oils (among others) are ideal for enhancing the immune system.
9. It relieves pain
Aromatherapy has the power to relieve many different types of pain, without the harmful side effects of pain killers. Many essential oils are used for pain relief, including lavender, juniper, and peppermint.
10. It aids digestion
Although this area needs more research, aromatherapy has been found to ease indigestion, bloating and constipation. It is also said to accelerate the metabolism process. Many citrus essential oils are used for this purpose, but ginger, dill and fennel have also been found useful to aid digestion.